When I was a kid we would have extra long spaghetti. It came in a long box and was doubled over, so that when it was cooked it was twice the length of the box. Is this stuff still available?
I saw it once but it’s been awhile. I like that Giant Eagle has half size spaghetti in small boxes.
Was it doubled over and dried? That’s a new one on me. I love long spaghetti and it’s getting harder and harder to find in the long packages (25” - 30”) I remember as a kid.
Yes, it was doubled over and dried.
Leftovers with Foot long hotdogs on buns! Mm-mm
I found this. Seems expensive (although it is a kilo). Each strand is near 20" long.
On the flip side this thread reminds me of the Italian boyfriend being shocked when his GF breaks spaghetti in half.
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For those prices, ill super glue my own spaghetti together!
Some supermarkets have fresh (not dry) pasta in the refrigerator section. I imagine in that form, they could have long spaghetti without needing unwieldy packaging.
And they use a bronze die, which gives the pasta a better texture.
Spaghetti is hung on rods to dry and then cut to length so there will always be one piece with a kink in it. Extra Long spaghetti is a way to avoid waste by taking what would ordinarily be discarded and turning it into a premium product. The limitation is that for every N boxes of regular spaghetti, you can only ever produce 1 box of XL spaghetti so production is limited.
I have a friend who always breaks the spaghetti in half before putting it in the boiling water. I’ve never seen the extra long or half-size spaghetti in boxes in a store. I didn’t even know they exist.
I do, too. I don’t like slurping or twirling, and it tastes exactly the same in smaller pieces.
So does a ham sandwich if you put it in a blender.
Yes, and a bonus because you can use a straw. Good for long distance driving.
No it does not. That’s ridiculous. Breaking the spaghetti doesn’t change the texture or mouth feel or taste.
To be honest, I feel it does change the mouthfeel. I mean, do what you like, but there’s a certain joy I get biting through many layers of spaghetti wound on a fork vs spaghetti broken in half. I mean, this is a difference I have empirically tested and this is a difference that is noticeable by me. Broken spaghetti just doesn’t wind itself on the fork properly for me to get that feel. It all tastes the same though, true. And I don’t expect most people to care about that textural aspect, but it makes enough of a difference to me. I also don’t like my spaghetti overcooked so it collapses into mush in my mouth.