(Gluten-Free Life Hack) Pasta in a Thermos!
Photograph: Elizabeth Carroll
February 13, 2013
February 13, 2013
In my last piece, I mentioned how I bring my own cooked gluten-free pasta to restaurants that have limited options for gluten-free diners. Elizabeth asked how I did this. It is probably not the best ever -- it's usually warm and not hot. But, it's pretty good in a pinch!
Here's how I do it:
- Purchase a medium size, good quality Thermos -- the steel, not plastic, variety.
- Boil water on the stove or microwave -- enough to fill the Thermos. Put the water in Thermos and put on the top. This critical step warms the Thermos before the pasta goes in.
- Boil the gluten-free pasta. These days, I use Sam Mills gluten-free corn pastas. Salt the water. Cook until done. Drain, rinse if desired. Moisten with oil, butter, or a warm sauce.
- Pour the boiled water out of Thermos and add the hot pasta. Put on the top of the Thermos tightly.
- Voila! You have a Thermos of pasta to take along. Add to it a really big purse or handbag and no one will be the wiser!
I usually bring pasta with me when I know my daughter will be served a meat or fish entree. It makes a really nice side dish for her. I'll also send this along in her lunchbox for school lunches.
Tell me, what are some of your gluten-free "life hacks"?
About the Author:
Elizabeth Carroll is a wife and mother of three living in the suburbs of Chicago. She has been preparing gluten-free foods for her family, two of whom are eat exclusively gluten-free, since 2004. Before staying home with her children, she worked in human resources consulting.
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