Nothing compares to homemade noodles, however it is important to know the best method for storing homemade noodles if you make them yourself.
Homemade pasta is very versatile and can be used with any sauce, meat, vegetable dish that you enjoy!
It does not matter if it is a cream based sauce or tomato-based one because home made noodles go well with both types of sauces!!
So, here is how to dry and store homemade noodles, plus a few tips on how you can get creative with your homemade pasta.
Creative Possibilities With Homemade Noodles
Are you tired of the same old noodles every day?
Do your taste buds crave something new and exciting, but all they can find at their local grocery store is ingredient-less processed foods that will never satisfy them again.
Well there’s an easy solution: make your own!
By making your own noodles at home, you can get creative with the ingredients and flavor.
It is easy to add herbs or spices you like to the recipe and control the the thickness and length of the noodle.
Not only does this allow for endless customization such as adding garlic, herbs or edible flowers to the pasta dough.
Plus you can use organic eggs instead of store bought conventional eggs and that helps make everyone healthier because you’re eating fresh ingredients rather than store bought ultra processed items.
All of these options give a noodle a unique flavor and texture not usually readily available at the supermarket.
Homemade noodles are great to have on hand for a quick meal that can be served with veggies or sauce.
Not only that but by using local or organic produce when possible it’s easier for everyone in your community to eat well!
Why Storing Homemade Noodles Makes Sense
There are some important things you need to know if you plan on storing your noodles for longer periods of time.
The most crucial factor is preserving freshness and quality when making homemade noodles from scratch.
Most noodle recipes – unless you have created your own or had one handed down to you – make far more noodles than most families can eat in one setting.
So what is the best way to deal with the leftovers?
- I recommend dehydrating them when they are still fresh.
- They will keep better and have a longer shelf life if you dehydrate them right away.
- You can then package your dried homemade noodles in any type of bag or container if desired.
- You can store your homemade pasta for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator, which is recommended since the pasta contains eggs.
- I recommend using tightly sealed zipper bags , but other options include zip top lidded jars or even resealable food storage bags !
- If you do not plan on using the noodles right away after drying them, freeze the pasta instead so they do not lose their quality over time.
- Storing homemade noodles this way keeps them tasting fresh for up to six months.
- I do not hang dry my noodles, although you certainly could if that is your preferred method.
There Are Options On Making Noodle Dough At Home
In fact, until about a year ago, I used a bread machine to mix and knead the dough.
The arthritis in my hands made kneading it by hand very difficult so I was thankful when I found out I could use the dough cycle on my bread machine to do this.
Then I came across a pasta dough making machine at a thrift store and decided to give it a try.
Once the dough was made using either of the two methods above, I would roll the dough out and cut it using a noodle maker machine.
Now you can do this by hand using a rolling pin and a knife if you wish.
However, I recently bought the KitchenAid 3-Piece Pasta Roller And Cutter Attachment Set to make noodle making easier and faster.
I absolutely love it and have found myself making more noodles than what I did before in part because I only need to clean up one appliance – my KitchenAid Artisan Mixer and the necessary attachments.
Using the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer to make pasta is easy and the noodles turn out great!
What To Do After The Homemade Noodles Are Made
After the noodles are made you can use them fresh without drying them at all or you can choose to dry them and follow these instructions for storing homemade noodles so you have them ready when you are.
Here are the exact step-by step instructions for dehydrating homemade pasta noodles.
- Lay the individual noodles out on your electric dehydrator tray making sure they do not touch and are in a single layer.
- Then turn your dehydrator on and dehydrate them until they are crisp enough on the outside to easily break without being dark. If your dehydrator has a temperature setting, make sure to set it at 135 degrees Fahrenheit
- The size of your noodle is going to determine the drying time. An average time is somewhere between 2 and 4 hours depending on the thickness of your noodle. You don’t want any “dough” left inside the noodle but you don’t want them rock hard either.
- Once the noodles are dry enough that they snap in half and are not doughy inside, simply leave them on the dehydrator tray to cool.
Of course, another option is to hang the homemade noodles on a noodle drying rack and wait for them to dry naturally.
Storing Homemade Noodles And Using Them Straight From The Freezer
Once the pasta is cool and completely dry, you can then use it right away or put it into a container to store.
The reason I prefer storing homemade noodles in the freezer is I think it keeps them fresher.
I also do not have to worry about either using glass containers or the possibility of something getting into my container should I use plastic since I live in the county.
When it comes time to use the homemade noodles, they do not need to thaw before you cook them.
There are also long term storage options for noodles.