You Can Now Buy Noodles That Don’t Need Boiling Water To Cook


One of the biggest inconveniences of cooking noodles is waiting for that initial boil. Everything’s pretty much on pause until that pot of water begins to bubble. Thanks to a new development by Barilla, waiting for boiling water is a thing of the past.

The company’s new noodle line is called Pronto. Get it?

All you have to do is throw the noodles into a pot or pan and cover with three cups of cold water. Then, just turn on the stove and start cooking. The noodles should absorb the water while everything cooks. Once most of the water is gone, you can simply add the desired sauce and serve your dish.

Seems too good to be true, but in this age where no one has a time to literally wait for water to boil, we’ll allow it.


Chef Murders and Cooks His Girlfriend, Then Commits Suicide


Marcus Volke, a chef from Victoria, Australa, has been identified as the man behind the murder of his Indonesian girlfriend in their Brisbane residence. Brisbane Times reports, Volke had been caught by police boiling the victim’s body parts on his stove. According to reports, the officers were there responding to a welfare request at the apartment.

Volke fled when police arrived and hid in a trash bin in an alley near the complex. He then used a knife to take his own life. A woman who lived in the building across the street discovered Volke’s body covered in a blanket in the alleyway. Prior to his death, Volke had been apparently working as a chef overseas before returning to Brisbane.

Parts of the victim, Mayang Prasetyo, were found in garbage bags in the apartment. Neighbors had noticed a stench similar to “rotting meat” coming from the couple’s residence a few days before the gruesome discovery. According to police, there’s no way yet to know how long Prasetyo had been dead.

Volke’s death is being further investigated by the Ethical Standards Committee.

H/T Brisbane Times


This Gadget Charges your Electronic Devices While Boiling Water



Roughing it in the woods is tough when you’re addicted to your mobile device. The whole time you’re just counting down your battery, figuring out what apps to close, and writing out that last Instagram caption before your battery dies down. You think about it so much, you probably won’t even enjoy the experience.

Thankfully, for those technology junkies that can’t stay off social media, there’s now a way to keep your phone at a healthy battery level even in the great outdoors. BioLite has developed a device called the KettleCharge, which allows you to boil water and simultaneously recharge your electrical devices.


Energy is created by using the heat from the boiling water. The kettle is built with a heat-resistant, flexible USB extender that keeps people from shocking themselves by extending the port to a respectable distance. All you really need is a heat source, gas stove, hot plate, or even a home stove to activate the device.

For who those who absolutely need to stay connected, no matter how frivolous the excuse (looking at you Snapchat), the KettleCharge is available for $149.95.

H/T DesignTaxi


Too Real: Why There’s Froth When You Boil Pasta


Every time you throw a stack of uncooked pastas into a pot of boiling water, there’s an unmistakable froth that appears. Have you ever wondered what the foamy gunk that arises in your water could be? Answer: it’s thanks to a chemical combination of the boiling water and the pasta you threw in. Oh, science!

Turns out that since pasta is made from flour, water and sometimes eggs, the starch and protein are dried and stored into the noodles. When you throw them into boiling water, a heated and moist environment, the starch continues to absorb more and more water until it bursts. The result is starch molecules being expelled into the water, creating the froth you see.

The starch also causes the pastas to stick together in the middle of the cooking process, so you have to stir occasionally to prevent one giant lump from forming. After your pasta has finished boiling, the water is saturated with starch. So if you add a bit of that water to your sauce, it will allow the sauce to stick better to your pasta.

The more you know.

H/T Today I Found Out