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Keeping pasta from sticking for a buffet

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:28 AM
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Next week is my daughter's first birthday party. Due to various food allergies and preferences, I have to do three kinds of pasta: regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free. I decided that I'll have the three pastas plain and have three different sauces. I'm keeping the sauces hot in this electric chaffing tray that has three inserts. But I'm really in a panic over the pastas. I don't necessarily need to keep them hot, but I'd like to keep them from sticking/drying out/mushy. Someone suggested to me that I could rinse off the starch and add olive oil. Great! That keeps it from sticking, but after making pasta this week, it got really dried out and gross looking in less than a half hour. I was thinking I could keep it in warm water--maybe not hot to keep it from overcooking--but then I think it might still be mushy. Can someone help, please?!? How the heck can I keep plain pasta edible sitting out in a buffet? Is it possible?

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MAXnBRYCESmom
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:29 AM

When they are done cooking, rinse with barely warm water, then (assuming there is no allergy) mix the pasta with a little olive oil.


ElaineReads
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Yep, this should do it!  Just don't overdo it on the olive oil...  A little will go a long way!

Edit: You're right.  Do not  keep the pasta in water as it WILL become mushy no matter what temp the water is.  And I just read the part about your trying to use olive oil already and it not working.  I wonder if you didn't use enough...  I've been to buffet restaurants with spaghetti on the buffet and it's never sticky and I'm almost 100% positive it's because the pasta has been coated in some kind of oil (olive, vegetable, or something).


Quoting MAXnBRYCESmom:

When they are done cooking, rinse with barely warm water, then (assuming there is no allergy) mix the pasta with a little olive oil.



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n217c
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I also use olive oil! I usually put mine on right after i drain it, Ill put it back in the pain i cooked it in and add the oil. My suggestion is use a lil at a time. Its always good to be able to add more then put to much and the pasta be ruined.

JenE4
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Thanks, ladies. I think I added enough olive oil when I did it the other day. I wonder if the difference was because it was whole-wheat pasta. It didn't stick, but just the pasta on top was dried-out looking. However, I didn't have it covered then, and I plan on keeping it covered at the buffet (assuming people leave the lid on, lol).

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gitanomadre
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 11:04 AM

yes the whole grain will dry out  faster   don't add mor oild  but  try to stir it ocassionally  and try to keep it covered   Good luck

Quoting JenE4:

Thanks, ladies. I think I added enough olive oil when I did it the other day. I wonder if the difference was because it was whole-wheat pasta. It didn't stick, but just the pasta on top was dried-out looking. However, I didn't have it covered then, and I plan on keeping it covered at the buffet (assuming people leave the lid on, lol).


gypsydancer7
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I just rinse with lukewarm water and then mix with a tablespoon of butter (mix well). This always works for me. Even after refrigeration, the pasta is still loose and soft.

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