Last week a senior in my neighborhood ended up with life-threatening third degree burns pouring pasta from a pot into a collander. The proper and safe method of draining pasta is to use a dipping strainer. They sell them in the discount stores around my neighborhood for a dollar (U.S.). It is difficult for a young person to handle a large pot filled with boiling water. With the dipping strainer the pot NEVER LEAVES THE STOVE. You dip and get a scoop of pasta, let it drain over the pot, and put it into a serving bowl. Repeat until all the pasta is out of the pot. Then let the pot cool by itself, or add some cold water to speed things up.
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