Why There’s a Hole in the Center of Your Spaghetti Spoon



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Pop quiz! The hole in the center of your spaghetti spoon/ladle serves what nifty purpose? A) to seamlessly strain your pasta water; B) to gaze through for a new pasta-rific perspective on life; C) to measure out a perfect single serving of spaghetti.

The answer, it turns out, is C.

Who knew?!

“It’s always been one of life’s mysteries, the exact amount of spaghetti to cook. You either cook enough for a remake of the feeding of the five thousand, or you give yourself a feeble amount that wouldn’t be enough to fill the stomach of a six-year-old child,” Cosmopolitan U.K. notes. “But place the dried spaghetti in the hole, et voila: there’s your measurements.”

A quick survey of descriptions for pasta spoons for sale online confirms this (although, it bears noting, not all pasta spoons are designed with a hole in the middle).

The revelation may make those who weren’t aware of this spaghetti-spoon superpower wonder 1) why they didn’t know it before and 2) what other secret powers their kitchen gadgets hold.

Now if only someone would clear up the mystery of how to eat spaghetti on a first date without looking like a total klutz!

Photo courtesy of iStock.

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