Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Homemade Noodles

Before I start, there are many cookbooks you can borrow from you library on making pasta.  The very basic recipe is easy to make.  You can make a small batch or large batch of noodles.

The first time (2010) I ever made homemade noodles, I used a pizza cutter to cut my noodles, after rolling them with a rolling pin. They were not "pretty" but delicious.  The first recipe I tried, used egg whites vs. the whole egg. I've since then changed recipes.

I have since upgraded to this beauty - bought used online.

I have two cuts I can make, and hope to buy parts down the road (I keep saying that, but the parts never get ordered, ha ha!).

Here is the recipe I use:
2 1/2 cups unbleached, organic flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs, beaten (I use our home raised eggs)
1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp. butter

I place it all into my food processor, and allow it to rest for 10 minutes in a covered bowl.  I then roll the dough to 1/8th inch or so thickness.  I run my dough through my machine, but you can simply cut it with a pizza cutter or knife too.  I dehydrate my noodles in my dehydrator for a quicker drying time, but you can hang noodles on rods to dry.  You can also use whole wheat flour if you prefer.  If you do not have a mixer or food processor, simply mix in a bowl and knead the dough by hand.  I also purchased milk and butter organic.  In the past I have had our own home raised goat milk, and made butter from that as well. 

I dry my noodles in my dehydrator in the winter, but in the summer, I can simply dry them on trays, then I store them in gallon zip freezer bags in my freezer.  


Kim said...

I used to Make all my noodle (by hand) and store them the same way, in the freezer. Nothing better to add to some bone broth when a cold has a hold of your shirt tail!

Mama Pea said...

I used to make my own homemade noodles years ago, and then got out of the habit and just purchased organic ones. A couple of years ago, we bought some things from a couple that was down-sizing and I picked up a pasta maker (looks a lot like yours) but have never used it. Your post may have just spurred me on to finally using it! Thanks.

Sam I Am...... said...

Thanks for the recipe. I made them years ago and used the pizza cutter method. Those machines are pricey! Lucky you!

Susan said...

I'm thinking of trying to make my own GF noodles. I really love noodles, but GF ones are expensive. I never thought of drying them in the dehydrator - brilliant!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Kim, thanks for the tip of bone broth and noodles. Will have to remember that one when I don't feel like making chicken noodle soup.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Mama Pea, I have always wanted to buy the additional parts, but have not. I do use it each time I make noodles. I can make fettuccine or spaghetti.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Sam I Am, I was lucky to find it on ebay years ago. Pretty cheap too.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Susan, it's just so much quicker that way.

RB said...

Our Grandmother made the most wonderful homemade noodles. Sometimes she'd cut them wide, sometimes very narrow, other times like little squares, I think depending upon what she was using them for, but am not entirely sure. She dried them on a pristine cotton sheet she placed over the top of her made bed.
One pasta I remember her making infrequently was that she'd make the dough into a stiff ball and grate it on a grater, sometimes the small side resulting in rice-shaped pasta, sometimes the wide side resulting in an irregular long squiggle.
I recently learned in Hungary they're called Tarhonya (she was Hungarian) which basically means egg barley or egg drop noodles. I think they may be my favorite because they're so quick and easy to make.
Hope everyone's having a great week, and a safe one too.
God bless.

Tracy dixon said...

Thank you for sharing

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

RB, thank you!
Tracy, you are welcome.