Wednesday, October 6, 2010

As Seen on TV.....Pasta Boat


On the elipitical machines at the gym one is a captive audience when watching tv. There are 10 different tvs to choose from but depending on the machine you are on depends on which you can see. Got that? Most of the time I listen to my ipod and read the subtitles on what ever tv is in front of me, unless Family Feud is on [my guilty pleasure].

On weekends there are a lot of infomercials to enjoy watch. This past Saturday my daughter and I watched [read] one on the Pasta Boat. I had seen it before but never really paid attention. Neither of us realized the other was watching and when we got off the elipticals we both said we wanted a Pasta Bowl.

It was off to WalMart after the gym and straight to the "As Seen on TV" aisle. There in all it's glory was the Pasta Boat. Not quite the bargain as on tv [2 for $10] but for $9.86 or so I bought one.

So far I am pleased with its performance. I have steamed brocoli and yellow beans, in the microwave, with great results. [the red "rack" shown in the picture is used for steaming] Neither were over or under cooked. I did read the instructions on suggested cooking times.

Last night I used the Boat to cook some pasta. I used the suggested time in the booklet and in 16  minutes I had nice al dente pasta. What drew me to the Pasta Boat in the first place was that you didn't have to wait for the water to boil before you added the pasta. [I am prone to start the water and then forget and come back to find a burnt pan] I filled it with water to the recommended level, added two servings of spaghetti [handles serve as guides to how much a serving is] and voila. Surprisingly the pasta didn't clump together either, another plus. The cover also serves as a strainer. Saves me digging out another thing to clean.

whole wheat pasta with sauce, meatballs and fresh mozzarella cheese

If this Pasta Boat can get me to cook there must be something to it! I plan on eating a lot more steamed veggies as well, which can only be good.

PS. I was not asked to do this review.... I just wanted to share my cool new discovery.

Have you ever bought an item you've seen in an infomercial? Did it live up/or down to its expectations? 

15 comments :

Trac~ said...

I always wonder if things really work that are seen on those infomercials. I'm glad to see this one lives up to it's name and may have to give it a try myself. The only thing I have bought on an infomercial was my Six in Six many years ago which is an exercise dvd, but one that worked perfectly and I wish my knees would allow me to still use. Have a great day my friend and thanks for sharing! xoxoxo :o)

Eva Gallant said...

I once bought an electric casserole dish. It was several years ago. I loved it at the time, but after years of use, the teflon coating started wear off, so I don't use it anymore.

Brian Miller said...

i guess a snuggie would qualify...which my son loves....

Georgina Dollface said...

That looks like it could be handy for work. I bet it would be great for Mr. Noodles and KD. We have a AS SEEN ON TV store here and it sure beats paying for postage and handling. Thanks for the handy product review! - G

Steven Anthony said...

omg, I am a as seen on tv freak, snuggies, you name it I own it...off to walmart now ;)

Yankee Girl said...

Anything that makes cooking easier is great in my book.

carma said...

I bought 2 things; neither worked out well - one I kept the other I returned. I think I have learned my lesson. Oh, but then my husband wanted that hand held back massager that sells for around 30 bucks. Complete waste of money and since we bought it at the store in the mall, they would only issue a store credit, which we then spent on another useless product :-(

Happy that your purchase worked out!!

DCHY said...

Never ever bought any infomercial product. I know people who did. They either hated it or loved it. Those who were hated, now sits in a cabinet somewhere never to be used. :)

Rose said...

sounds like this may be a good item to check out. i ordered this ear piece so hubby could watch tv in bed and listen to the sound at a very low level. wrong it didn't work. rose

MiMi said...

I love hearing reviews on as seen on tv things. Now. Go get the magic bullet and let me know how it works.

Judie said...

I stopped by to visit because I thought that any blog with the word vodka in it has got to be cool. I was right! I'll be back!

Debbie said...

That does sound like a good one. I haven't ever bought anything but this one is tempting me.

blueviolet said...

You know...that would be kinda cool for a college student to be able to make pasta much like you did!

Jannie Funster said...

Nope, I've never bought an infomercial product, but I was highly highly piqued and desiring of some skim cream they were trying to sell me last year. I never see the commercials now, so maybe it was not so great?

Congrats on your pasta boat, sounds AWESOME!!

xo

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