Do you overcook

@TerryZ (22083)
United States
January 8, 2008 6:10pm CST
So all I have to do is cook some spagetti for tonights dinner because I took some spagetti sauce out of the freezer this morning. Alot of you know I make my own spagetti sauce and then freeze it in little containers. But I always make way too much spagetti. Does this happen to you?
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
9 Jan 08
The answer to that Terry is this discussion http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1360103.aspx Short answer: Yes, it happens, and with the dish you mentioned. Along with a few others.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Hey thanks I will check it out!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Oh yes, I always make more spaghetti than sauce, but my kids like it not only with sauce, but with just parmesan cheese, so they eat the leftovers the next day.. I used to make my own sauce, that is the best, but don't have as much time anymore..:(
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I know my husband is spoiled he will only eat homemaid sauce.LOL
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• United States
10 Jan 08
Hey, I don't blame him. Especially in the summer when I grow my own vegetables and use the fresh,organic, tomatoes in the sauce, that is the Best sauce..:) I hope this year to have more time to make more homemade dishes like that again..
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@ElicBxn (61069)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I try to always cook extra noodles, I put italian type salad dressing on them later & enjoy another meal with the noodles.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Ive tried that and it just doesnt taste the same when I reheat the noodles.
@ElicBxn (61069)
• United States
9 Jan 08
My roomie says the same thing, but I guess because of my damaged sense of smell, it just doesn't seem to be that way for me... Or maybe I'm just that lazy.
• Canada
9 Jan 08
Always make too much, but it's great for leftovers and saves your sanity when you're too tired to cook the next night. Good to see you back.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Hi kris I dont like leftover spagettie it never tastes right to me. Thanks its good to be back.
• Canada
9 Jan 08
True it never tastes the same, but when you're low income like me, sometimes you don't have much choice. Meh, that's life sometimes.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 08
Oh yes it has happened to me a lot lol When I first moved here I was still cooking for 4 when there was only me Gissi didn't mind lol as he was doing well out of me cooking for 4 Hugs
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Hey gabs I guess you were so used to cooking for 4 it was hard just cook for one. Love you!
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
10 Jan 08
Don't fret Terry I do that all the time too, I can never judge just how much to cook up as it doesn't look like it'll be that much when you take the uncooked spaghetti out of that box and put it in the water--but whatever I have left over can always reheat for next day's lunch--uh, do you add whipped cream to your spaghetti..hehee
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Jan 08
You caught!heheh I sometimes put some whipped cream on my spagetti.LOL
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
Hi,i use to do this all the time,but i ration my food now because my daughter does not eat alot,but my boyfriend does and im in the middle,some how i make just the right amount for each of us and there is none left,but i do make extra sometimes,especially if its something that my boyfriend really likes and wants some to take with him the next day for his lunch in the woods.He has a heater/stove in his truck to warm his meals up with.So he really likes "left-overs" sometimes,hehe!I do also make sauces,alot and freeze it too,the spaghetti noodles i get it just right...now:/ Peanutjar:):)
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
At least your boyfriend eats the leftovers. LOL
• United States
9 Jan 08
Yes, and then we eat spaghetti leftovers for a couple of days.... I like the taste of homemade sauce much better than store bought. What do you put in your sauce, terryz?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I put tomatoes and tomatoe sauce with some tomatoe puree and I cook it in the crockpot on low all day. Put some onions garlic parlsey and orgeno. I also put some sugar. I taste it all day then add the sugar by taste. I dont like it too sweet. I make some meatballs and throw them in too. Right before its done I put a slice of velvetta cheese and some parmasean cheese. Thats my sauce!Oh I forgot put a medium size can of tomatoe paste with 1 can of water.
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
Hi Terry, I love homemade spaghetti sauce ... sounds delicious.:) I overcook pasta in general, and it's usually on purpose, as then we have leftovers. We like to have these on hand, because it's so convenient, and tastes just as good to us, another day. Take care.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Hi my friend I know alot of people do that but to me noodles just dont taste the same to me. Oh well I have to learn to cook the right amount.LOL
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I almost always make too much of anything I make. Especially pasta. It is so hard for me to judge how much it will be when it is done cooking. Not to mention the fact that my son will sometimes eat a lot and sometimes barely touch it.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Yea pasta is really hard to judge when cooking it.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
9 Jan 08
When it comes to spaghetti bolognaise I always make too much and we have it for leftovers the next night (if I haven't eaten it already for lunch LOL). Most of the time I cook for just the three of us and at times depending on the type of meal, i overcook and have leftovers the next night.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I know alot of people do that but to me the noodles just dont taste the same!
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Yes, I always make too much also. But I think it's better the second time around after being in the freezer. I also store the sauce in the freezer until the next time I get an urge to make it with some kind of noodles. It seems the flavor increases after freezing. I don't wait for the sauce to cool so maybe that has something to do with it. Store it from the pot right to a plastic container and it's put immediately into the freezer.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I agree with you it does taste better and thats exactly what I do!
9 Jan 08
I quite often overcook spagetti and noodles because its not very easy to get the right amount because it expands as it cooks. If i make too much and i have sauce to go with it, i put some of the prepared food in a container and freeze it for another day. I don't think i've ever got the amount right, i've always cooked too much. I enjoy making my own pasta bake and the only reason i did that in the first place was because i cooked way too much pasta. I add whatever i think will go nicely together with the pasta. I enjoy having pasta with cheese, tuna and sweetcorn. The cheese helps it all stay together so i don't need to add any sauce to it. ~Joeys wife
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing that with me!
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I always freeze my homemade sauce from my garden every fall and yes, I always end up either making too much spagetti or not enough. I made some last night only to have sauce left over. Never fails with me. So you see, Terry, your definately not alone here. lol
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Oh good Im glad!heheheh
• United States
9 Jan 08
Yes, I do it all the time no matter what I make. The part that stinks about cooking too much pasta is it doesn't taste the same the next day, unless you're cooking it with some shredded beef. We used this recipe from Giada de Laurentiis where she cooked short ribs and shredded them into the sauce. It was so good the next day! I just wish it didn't take so long to make: 4 hours of cooking.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Your right it doesnt taste the same. I usually just through it out.
@beeeckie (803)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Heehee, I just did that tonight, but with a different type of pasta. It is now waiting in the fridge in tupperware to be my lunch tomorrow.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Hi beeeckie thats too funny! Now I dont feel so bad!LOL
• Canada
9 Jan 08
I cannot stand overcooked pasta, I have to throw it out and start over. In order to avoid over cooking, I usually stand guard and do a few taste tests. If anyone calls me from a different room, all I have to do is yell: I'm cooking pasta, and all is understood! LOL I know, I'm so very anal but pasta is pasta, it's what I love and I love it done right! lol
• Canada
9 Jan 08
Ok now I feel like an idiot because I reread it and now understand you meant Cooking Too Much! I do this all the time only because we need the leftovers for midnight snacks for hubby and lunches the next day. So for me, it's done on purpose, not a mistake.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Jan 08
Thats okay!heheheh