PastaTimer

Most frequently asked question

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1. HOW DOES AL DENTE® WORK?
Simply put Al Dente® into the boiling water together with your pasta. An integrated temperature sensor will activate a timer and a melody generator. After seven, nine and eleven minutes, Al Dente® will play opera arias, signalizing that the pasta is al dente.

2. WHERE CAN I BUY AL DENTE®?
It depends where you reside. Some countries have a solid distribution, others not, yet. In most countries specialized gift or house ware trade shops will be the right place to look for Al Dente®. If you cannot find any near you, please contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction.

3. WHAT DO THE BEEPS MEAN?
About 30 seconds after Al Dente® has been placed into the water, a beep will sound, signalizing that the battery is still ok. The tunes afterwards signal that the demanded cooking time has been reached.

4. WHICH MELODIES DOES AL DENTE® PLAY?
It depends on the edition – at least in Germany. For the “rest of the world”, we currently only have the Italian mafia version, playing “Triumphal March from Aida” after seven minutes, “Prisoners’ Choir from Nabucco” after nine minutes and “La Donna e Mobile from Rigoletto” after eleven minutes.

5. DO THE DIFFERENT COLORS HAVE A MEANING?
No, the difference is only a visual one. Tunes and function are identical.

6. IS AL DENTE® DISHWASHER SAFE?
Yes, he is. But he has to be placed headfirst.

7. WHY DOES AL DENTE® HAVE HOLES IN HAT AND BARREL?
These holes have a function and are not production errors. They prevent Al Dente® from bursting and also guarantee is upright swimming position. A swimming Mafioso as a kitchen utensil is STRANGE enough; a horizontal, drowned body would be a killer.

8. CAN ONE USE AL DENTE® FOR FRESH PASTA?
Not really, unless you use fresh pasta with a minimum cooking time of seven minutes.

9. WHAT MUST ONE NOT DO WITH AL DENTE®?
Al Dente®’s biggest enemy (apart from the Carabinieri) is the microwave. Nothing will silence him quicker than this kitchen device. Do not use Al Dente® in a microwave. But who cooks pasta in a microwave, anyway.

10. HOW TO SILENCE AL DENTE® (TEMPORARILY)
He will shut up after having a cold 10-20 seconds shower, or by having a quick stop in your refrigerator. The last option is a 9mm. That’s the quickest solution, but a permanent one.

11. HOW DOES ONE DISPOSE OF AL DENTE®?
Crack him open and take the electronics part out. He does not need a Sicilian funeral, but needs to be disposed of as any other battery would.

12. IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXCHANGE THE BATTERY?
No, for food safety reasons it is not possible to exchange the battery, which is encapsulated. Al Dente has been tested according to food safety laws and been declared 100% safe.

13. WHAT IS AL DENTE®’S EXPECTED MINIMUM LIFE TIME?
Mafiosi live a dangerous life and can die any minute. Not Al Dente®. His minimum life time is 2 years. If the first beep does not sound anymore, he is about to pass away. He does not need a Sicilian funeral, but needs to be disposed of as any other battery would.