“What gauge spaghetti do you want?” That will be the call if Mueller’s gets its way following a recent announcement. The company, which formed back in 1867, wants to embrace tradesmen by eschewing vague terms like “angel hair” and “linguini” for more easily-understandable and universal AWG pasta standard sizes. This standardizes an otherwise confusing litany of pasta names in favor of a strict gauge-centric pasta designation based on diameter.
Mueller’s AWG Pasta Standard Conversions
To help you better understand the new Mueller AWG pasta sizing, the company came up with the following conversion scale:
|Vermicelli||.086 in / 2.2 mm||11 AWG|
|Spaghetti||.077 in / 1.96 mm||12 AWG|
|Vermicellini||.070 in / 1.77 mm||13 AWG|
|Fidelini||.056 in / 1.42 mm||15 AWG|
|Capellini (Angel Hair)||.033 in / 0.085 mm||20 AWG|
The largest pasta size, vermicelli, has a diameter between 0.082 and 0.091 inches (or 2.08 and 2.30 mm) and will now go by the designation “11AWG pasta”.
Traditional spaghetti falls just under that and shall forevermore be known as “12-gauge pasta”. Moving down the line we have 13-gauge vermicellini, 15-gauge fidelini, and your traditional “angel hair” or capellini which we shall now call “20-gauge pasta”.
What About Spiral Pasta?
Mueller’s hasn’t forgotten about their spiral pasta products. At present, they don’t have an adequate solution to designate and classify these sundry products. For now, it seems, cannelloni, ravioli, conchiglie, penne, macaroni, rigatoni, and others will still have their traditional names.
The real question is how long it will take Barilla, San Giorgio, Kraft, Ronzoni, and others to get on board with the new AWG pasta standard.
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