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
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?