You’ve been draining pasta and rice all wrong – here’s the best way, it’s loads easier

One mom admitted she ran out of pasta and rice – and you’re probably making the same mistake.

Ash Reid, from Glasgow, regularly shares his lifestyle and shopping tips on social media, Ash – Mama Reid.

Ash Reid says we ran out of our pasta and rice


Ash Reid says we ran out of our pasta and riceCredit: Ash Reid / YouTube
Ash shared the best way to do it in a video


Ash shared the best way to do it in a videoCredit: Ash Reid / YouTube
Ash uses sieve as'cap' to drain water out


Ash uses sieve as ‘cap’ to drain water outCredit: Ash Reid / YouTube

In a recent video, she offers some essential summer vacation “hacks”.

And one trick is a game changer in the kitchen.

Ash – the mother of Ella, 8, and Charlie, 6 – said: “I really think I’ve been doing this wrong all my life… drain the rice and pasta out of the pot.

“I’ve always assumed you take a pot of water with rice or pasta and put it in a colander or sieve, let the water run through and whatever is left in it is ready to eat.

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“Actually you’re going to do it the other way around.

“You have to cover your pot with a sieve, pour the water out, and almost use the sieve as a lid over the top of the pot.

“This way, the water will come out of the noodles or rice easily and all the dishes will stay in the pot.”

She added: “It’s a good idea, it’s so simple. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of it another way.

“I think it’s something that in the future will become second nature.”

And social media users think that Ash has come up with a great idea.

One said: “Great tip Ash, thanks for sharing.”

A second wrote: “Great, thank you.”

Meanwhile, a third added: “Looks good.”

Ash previously revealed a lazy 5-minute hack that she swears will make her house smell clean and fresh.

“I use a tumble dryer sheet in my mattress,” she says.

“I basically take the sheets with my tumble dryer – usually when I wake up in the spring full of scent – and I tuck one of them into each of my mattresses.

“Every time you sit down, you smell the aroma of the cushions and they smell great.

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“Especially having a dog at home, I am always paranoid about the smell of my house.

“So this is a really good way to make sure it smells fresh and the living room feels neat.”

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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