colander and large pot here. I have a pot that came with a pasta insert but I found that I didn't like it. Maybe it was just too hard to break the "training" of decades of using large pot and colander... My pasta insert has been sitting in the basement for years while the pot it came in gets used regularly for pasta and other things.
I have a large pot with insert that I bought a gazillion years ago at WS but I really don't like it all that much. It seems to require a lot more water than when I go the regular pot/colander route. I only still use it because I paid so darn much but I have other pots I like better.
Ditto the responses above. I use my pasta insert to steam corn on cob or large amts. veggies like when I steam/blanch/freeze garden vegetables during fall garden harvesting. But I rarely use it for pasta. Prefer a big pot and separate colander. The insert requires so much more water that it takes so much longer and more prone to boil overs.
Interesting. Thank you all for the replies. I did order a cheapie from Target and can use it to steam crab or veggies. I used the pot portion of my pressure cooker today. It is induction compatible and it worked well. AGES since I ate pasta. Weird that people think it uses more water--you would think the displacement effect from the strainer insert would actually have you use less water. I guess I can experiment when my stuff comes. Cannot believe I ordered it today and it will be here tomorrow. Who needs Prime!?!!
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