The Claims: All-In-One Pasta Cooker, Strainer, Server
The Price: $10 in stores
Buy-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5
Pasta Boat sailed into my life about a month ago and sunk my old pasta pot.
Pasta Boat is a small, plastic vessel that microwaves pasta. At first glance, it looks like one of those kitchen space-wasters, which you try twice then throw into a drawer or pitch into the Goodwill pile.
But the Pasta Boat surprised me. It measures, cooks, strains, serves and stores pasta all in one place. It replaces a pasta pot, serving platter, strainer and storage container. You can even skip a plate and, if no one's looking, eat your pasta right from the boat.
The Pasta Boat is foolproof. Throw linguine, tortellini or ravioli into the boat, fill with water, then nuke for about 18 minutes.
You shave a good seven minutes off cooking pasta the traditional way, which adds up if you make pasta once a week for the rest of your life.
Pasta Boat has a strainer in its lid, so you don't have to fuss with a colander. And it saves your back, because you don't lug a heavy pot from sink to range to sink again.
No waiting for water to boil. No stirring wads of stuck-together spaghetti. Even without adding oil, the pasta stays loose.
Pasta Boat is great for college students, who live on whatever they can microwave, and for people with small kitchens and even smaller amounts of storage space.
Bottom line on the Pasta Boat?
It's fun. It works. And at $10 retail, a bargain.
Cue the confetti: The Pasta Boat has been awarded the first 5 out of 5 rating on our As Seen On TV Buy-O-Meter.
And that's a first!