Passive Cooker: Barilla thinks of a tool for passive cooking

In times of energy crisis saving even a few minutes of gas for cooking can make the difference at the end of the month. For this reason the often disputed passive cooking of pasta is making inroads even in the reluctance of the most traditional Italians. Fior of chefs and physicists in fact swear that the result on the table does not change compared to the traditional cooking method. Passive cooking allows you to cut fine 80% of consumption of gas (or electricity for those with induction hobs) during the preparation of the pasta. To do things right, and lend a hand to those who still don’t understand passive cooking, Barilla has released the plans for the construction of the “passive cooker”a tool designed to cook pasta to perfection.

What is Passive Cooking?

For those who still have no idea what we’re talking about, the passive cooking is an “alternative” method of cooking pasta which involves, after bringing the water to a boil, leaving the pasta in “active” cooking, this over a lit flame, for just two minutes. At the end of the two minutes it is necessary put out the flame. Taking care to leave the lid over the potthe heat accumulated by the water in the first two minutes is allowed to finish cook the pasta for another ten minutes. This cooking method allows you to avoid leaving the unnecessarily lit flame for several minutes, thus cutting sui consume energy and on emissions of CO2.

Do you need a passive cooker for passive cooking of pasta?

Barilla’s idea was to make available in such a way open-source the plans for the do-it-yourself creation of a “passive cooker” or a small tool capable of keeping temperatures and cooking times under control to facilitate the task during passive cooking. The passive cooker was designed to be 3D printed with biodegradable and heat resistant plastic material. Designed to be used in conjunction with the phone apps developed for the occasion, the passive cooker contains a data transmission carda micro thermometere due pile mini-stylus. In practice, a wireless thermometer capable of transmitting the temperature of the pan to the smartphone application to indicate exactly when the water reaches 100°C.

Passive cooker an interesting gimmick

It is certainly a curious gimmick capable of drawing attention to the subject of passive cooking. Although designed to be made in a (fairly) simple and (relatively) cheap way, having to make the passive cooker at home remains a challenge definitely more complicated that simply remember to turn off the water of the pasta 2 minutes after throwing it away. But if you are (or know) someone able to juggle 3D printing, electronic boards and programming (yes, you have to program the board by hand) it could be an interesting object to make to be sure of never be wrong no passive cooking or, even just, to make a good impression on an evening with friends.

How long do you need to cook pasta in passive cooking?

To help us out, Barilla has released i suggested passive cooking times for different types of pasta to be used with the passive cooker (or without):

  • Spaghetti: 2+8 minutes
  • Fusilli: 2+10 minutes
  • Penne rigate: 2+10 minutes
  • Tortiglioni: 2+12 minutes
  • Macaroni: 2+6 minutes
  • Butterflies: 2+10 minutes
  • Pinwheels: 2+11 minutes
  • Spaghettini: 2+4 minutes
  • Spaghettoni: 2+10 minutes
  • Cappellini: 2+1 minutes
  • Gemini: 2+9 minutes
  • Shells: 2+6 minutes
  • Pipe Rigate: 2+10 minutes
  • Bucatini: 2+8 minutes
  • Hunchbacks: 2+10 minutes

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