Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Easy, Good and Frugal Home Made Egg Noodles

You know those bags of egg noodles you find in the grocery store? They're not expensive, really, and they keep very well so it's nice to have them on hand. However, if you make your own, you can save more money and your noodles will be much better quality. It will seem as if you spent a lot more on them.

The recipe is very simple; just three ingredients that you should have on hand already.

If you'd like to try, here is the recipe for homemade egg noodles:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Put the flour in a bowl, then beat the egg with the salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour and put some of the beaten egg in it. Mix it in, then add the rest of the egg and mix well. The dough should be quite dry but stick together.

You can halve, double or triple this recipe as much as you like. If you double or triple it, you might find that one egg to each cup of flour isn't quite enough for it to stick together. In that case, add just a tiny bit of water. Not too much water, though. Measure it by the teaspoonful because it doesn't take much to make a sticky, gluey mess and that's not what you're after!

When you have it all mixed together and you have a dough that sticks together but still seems dry, it's just right. Knead it until it's smooth, then roll it out on a floured surface as thinly as you can. Once the dough it rolled out, cut it into strips with a knife or pastry cutter. You can cook these right away or dry them for later. Make a bigger batch than what you need right away and you'll save time later on.

To dry them, you can drape them over special noodle racks or you can just use tall glasses or a cake rack suspended between two glasses or a towel rack or a broomstick suspended between two chairs or the back of a chair, for heaven's sake. Just make sure whatever you use is clean.

When they're dry, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They'll keep for about a month.

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