When do we make noodles from scratch?
I am a hybrid parent. Meaning, I love to make things from scratch, but I also appreciate the conveniences of store bought food such as noodles. We do make noodles from scratch, but not every week. It’s more of when the inspiration hits.
Kim gave my oldest daughter this delightful book, “Noodles from Scratch,” by Harold P. Gershenson for her 2nd birthday. We have read and re-read it for many years. When my 3 year old son asked to read it this morning were were once more inspired to make noodles.
I can usually convince the kids to pretend to make them in their wooden kitchen, but, he was not just content with making pretend noodles today. He wanted to make the “real” noodles and so we did. It has been a LONG time since I have made my own noodles.
Making noodles is such a surprisingly easy thing to do with children,
Amy Scattergood says in a post about making pasta with kids, “Making your own pasta is fun, a lot easier than it sounds, and your children will probably love it too. ” The recipe at the end of this book actually called for only 4 ingredients; salt, flour, oil and eggs. If you are inspired to make them right now, here are a couple recipes from All Recipes that look similar to the one we tried.
Recipes for Noodles from Scratch
And for my visual friends – here is a video on making your own that I thought showed the process well. We used a whisk for the eggs (not our hands, sorry – yuck) and our hands later to knead. I also don’t have a noodle press and just rolled the dough as flat as I could with a rolling pin. *** Make sure to wash your hands BEFORE and AFTER cooking!!!
How can children participate in making noodles from scratch?
There are so many steps that the kids can participate in.
- Reading the ingredients and directions.
- Measuring and adding the ingredients.
- Mixing and kneading the dough
- Rolling the dough with a rolling pin
- And cutting the dough (with immediate adult supervision)
So what is the big deal about making your own pasta?
I personally, also appreciate recipes during the summer that do not require me to turn the oven on. It is just too hot outside. I cannot rationalize paying for the energy to heat the oven and even more money to cool the house back down with air conditioning. I try to do quick, seasonal meals in the summer to limit my energy usage and save money.
Making noodles takes patience and teaches my kids the value of the product and time that goes into making even a small amount of noodles. I feel that by making noodles themselves, they are more able to appreciate when we purchase the noodles from the store. It is a concrete way of teaching them the cost of a food product.
The hardest part of noodle making is the waiting. Each of the recipes requires the noodles to dry for 2-4 hours. This was SOOOO very hard for my 3 year old. We made the noodles right before lunch and he was extremely disappointing that we didn’t get to eat noodles for lunch! I told him not to worry, we would have noodles for dinner.
Connect Cooking with Play!
If you child is like mine, having another noodle project – like making or playing with some felt noodles would be a great in-between learning extension. These are designed for kids 3 and up.
And this is not a tutorial, but such a cute presentation of felt rectangles for noodles.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make some noodles from scratch!!!