Saturday, August 16, 2014

Does Anyone Know How to Make Homemade Noodles?


Last night, we had pizza for supper. Thank goodness, I didn't have to cook. The night before, we had a German dish featuring homemade noodles and sausage. I served John his plate and, within moments, he let me know that he was not a fan and would not/could not be eating the noodles. Nicely, of course. I think that this is the third time I have had a complete fail in meal preparation in six years so I'm not going to fret too much.

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What I'd  like to know is why I can't seem to make homemade noodles. Three times I've tried; three times I've failed. If I didn't have the memory of the most delicious homemade noodles ever eaten, I'd be all set. Actually, I guess that I'll just give up now — for good unless you know the answer.

 I went directly to my Pinterest folder and deleted that recipe stat. I wonder how many more I could delete... There were those Santa Claus hat bugles — delete. But mostly, I've enjoyed the many recipes I've tried at Pinterest. Would you say the same? Any that you've tried lately that you loved?

So today's question once again: Do you know how to make delicious homemade noodles? Is there a trick?



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  1. Vee, I have a recipe that is in an old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I'll look it up today and send it. It's easy. I must tell you, though, that I love these noodles. Keith's mom was not a make-from-scratch cook and he likes those store bought noodles better. I don't make those old-fashioned noodles any more, but still think they're the best. You can let John decide.

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  2. I buy any fresh pasta for meals from the deli in our grocery store. Good luck in your quest for a better recipe.

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  3. I make fresh pasta, but have never made noodles.

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    1. They have to be very similar.

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    2. Here is a link to the pasta recipe I use.
      http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/1004

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  4. I feel your pain, Vee. I have tried to make Spaezle a few times and have only succeeded once ... when my German friend was supervising the operation. My noodles have always turned out soggy and disappointing. Let me know if you get a good recipe with foolproof instructions!

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  5. I don't know how to make homemade noodles. I know how to BUY them! The best noodles in the world, IMHO, are Amish style noodles. We discovered the Mrs. Miller's brand (http://www.mrsmillersnoodles.com) about 25 years ago when we visited rural Ohio. And we've been buying them ever since. We always have several bags of the lemon-pepper noodles on hand in our pantry because it is a staple of our homemade chicken noodle soup. And I'm convinced that it was that soup that helps Mr. Jim get through a tumultuous time during his latest chemo treatments. It was difficult to get him to eat anything, except for the noodle soup. Mrs. Miller's has a huge selection of different varieties. We have loved every single one we've tried.

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    1. Yes, I know how to buy them, too. I'm trying to be ultra frugal these days, but wasting flour isn't the way to go with that. It'd be cheaper to buy noodles; however, if I can learn, I'll be saving quite a few pennies. How wonderful that good old-fashioned noodles helped your dear Jim.

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  6. I've never made them but have been curious to try them! If you find a recipe that works, let us know!

    Deanna

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  7. Sorry Vee - I'm another who has never made homemade noodles, except once, in Germany under the supervision of a German instructor. They were good but I could never duplicate them!

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    1. Hmmm...I'd love to chat more with you about that experience.

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  8. My husband makes them all the time with our stand mixer and a noodle flattening gizmo attachment and he made wooden doll rod stands for them to dry on...................when he returns I will ask if he has any secrets to the making of them if you'd like. Or I can send you my phone and we can chat after I ask him and let you know?

    I have your family blueberry coffee cake almost finished baking - oh the aroma is heavenly. Can't wait to try it, yum. ♥

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    1. Please get your husband to do a tutorial on your blog! Document and I'll link and pin. It will be a very popular post I can assure you!

      Do let me know how you like the Blueberry Coffee Cake!

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  9. I hope you find out the trick for noodle making. I've never made them. I do make a homemade dumpling for my mom's Chicken Paprikas recipe. They usually turn out fine, although I have had them turn out a bit too mushy on occasion.
    I went back and re-read your post featuring the Bugles Santa hats. Ha! Sounds like a good idea to delete that one.

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    1. Thanks for looking back. Wasn't that hilarious?! All those noses on the battlefield.

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  10. My mother always made her own noodles. They were always better than the store bought ones. It was an old pioneer recipe handed down from her mother and her mother etc. I still make them once in a while. Are you up for an old pioneer recipe?

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    1. I'm up for anything if it tastes good. = D

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  11. It looks to me like you were making Spaetzle...which I have never attempted. I seed Bev has a recipe on the MGCC blog. (http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2009/10/spaetzle.html) I'm hoping that is not the one that has been tried and discarded. :) I have a noodle machine and use the recipe that came with it...or use Lovella's recipe in the cookbook...and they have always been fabulous. Lovella is the queen of homemade noodles...so I'll her share her tips and tricks.

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    1. Let me just edit my comment so it makes a little more sense. :)

      It should have said:
      - I see Bev has a recipe on the MGCC blog.
      - Lovella is the queen of homemade noodles...so I'll let her share her tips and tricks.

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    2. =D

      Are you on an iPad? Those things drive me bonkers sometimes.

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  12. Remember Beth at Mennonite Girls.?? She probably has an awesome recipe...and Kitty at Kittys Kozy..
    she is my go-to for a lot of good foods.
    I tend to stick with the ladies I know on blogging...never have used a Pinterest recipe. And...I love the pre-made ones enuf that I've not looked for a homemade noodle recipe. But then, I'm not a real cook...

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    1. You might have the best method for getting a good recipe.

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  13. Noodles
    3 egg yolks
    1 whole egg
    2/3 tsp. salt
    3 tbsp. water
    1 1/2 cups flour
    dash of pepper

    Beat eggs, water, salt & pepper.
    Add flour (more or less depending on the size of eggs).
    Work well and roll out thin.
    Roll up like jelly roll and cut how wide you want noodles.
    Unroll each and stack and cut to length you want.
    Enjoy! This recipe is from my dear friend Linda and I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Catherine! That is so sweet of you. I'm going to be looking for this jelly roll method you speak of.

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  14. I tried to post on the iPad and gave up! Back to the Desk Top computer.

    I don't make my own because Reames have been my go-to noodle from the freezer section of the grocery. But I also buy kluski noodles in the dry pasta section of the store. They are inexpensive and taste as homemade as possible without making them.

    Having said that, my sister used to make noodles all the time when I was a kid. She was not an expert cook so if SHE could make them. ;) I remember her simply rolling out the dough once she got it together and cutting the noodles into long, narrow strips. She didn't use any equipment to cut them out. Now you have me curious about making them on my own as my grocery budget keeps getting cut to almost nothing!

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    1. And, yes, I hear you. The budget is getting creamed by higher prices on everything across the board. The grocery budget is the first to be tightened and these noodles were an attempt to do just that.

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  15. Not a noodle maker here, but I was going to suggest the MGCC, as Judy has already done. My Mennonite grandmother made noodles and they were delicious! And I think there's a big difference between Spaetzle and noodles, although they are both forms of pasta. Spaetzle isn't rolled out the way noodles are (if I'm wrong here, please correct me).

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    1. You are correct. The photo doesn't match what I was trying to do. I was trying to make a noodle that one scissored off the ball of dough into the boiling water. My snips were quite small and looked a little like this photo of spaetzle.

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  16. Vee, My MIL would make the best noodles, her kids would eat then raw...can't even think of that. ookie. I know she always had a bowl of flour, moved it around to make a pocket in the center, put in 2-3 eggs beaten. Swirled the eggs gently around in the flour and it would pull more flour into the mixture as she did this. It would start to get too stiff to do , then she flipped it out onto a flour sheet , worked in more flour,and rolled out....let it dry in the open air for a while then slice into noodle widths. Good luck. You know this is the only way I know how. My sweet MIL law taught me to cook. She used to cook for threshers. So the lady could cook. LOL> Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Oh wouldn't it be great to have a video of her in action?

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  17. No, I do not know how to make delicious homemade noodles. I'm afraid I always buy mine. There were some little old Russian ladies that my mom would get her noodles from...delicious. I buy the Jewish varieties for my noodle soups since I don't have a local little old Russian lady to buy them from.

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    1. That's what I need: A Russian lady, a Jewish lady or an Amish lady!

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  18. I can wire a house, install plumbing, fix a car, etc. but I don't cook unless it comes in a can. If it wasn't for restaurants I would have starved or had very poor health before hubby. I figure noodles are sold in boxes for a reason. I guess it would be fun to learn, though. I hope someone can help you with this dilemma. ~:)

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    1. You're handy to have around the house!

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  19. I've never been good at making noodles either. Could never get them rolled thin enough. A friend whose husband was from Italy said I needed to use a different kind of flour. My hubby is satisfied with Reames so I haven't tried that.

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    1. I use King Arthur unbleached, unbromated flour. Now I'm wondering about flour, too.

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  20. Hello Vee, please find the best and easiest way to prepare them and please share. I have made them a few times, but they always seem a bit gooey. Hope you can pick your berries soon.
    Have a great evening! Roxy

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    1. I will share if I learn the secret.

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  21. I've never made them but by daughter used to make them all the time and hers were very good. Too bad I couldn't ask her.
    It's still the same with her. : (

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  22. We'll at least you have tried to make noodles. That puts you head and shoulders above most folks.

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  23. I have never made noodles, but now you have me wanting to try! Hmmm...
    Three fails in six years sounds like a pretty good track record to me.

    I'm trying to remember the last time I made a Pinterest recipe. Kati makes them all the time. Off to check my boards...

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    1. Just checked...I made Ron's Boston cream pie last weekend from a Martha Stewart recipe. Of course, I pinned it after searching for a Boston cream pie recipe. Does that count?

      I pin FAR more than I make.

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  24. Vee, I'm sorry you had that negative cooking experience. Not fun. But at least John was kind about it. My grandma was a fantastic cook. (She passed away in 1999 at 100 years of age). She would use a dozen egg whites for a homemade angel food cake, and a dozen yolks for her homemade noodles. I always was working hard and going to school and raising little ones in those years and cooking was quick and easy then for me. I have a less busy life now, and have become quite the pie chef! ha ha ha but I've never made homemade noodles. I just didn't feel the need.
    Good luck, Vee! Hugs, Beth

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    1. Wow! That's a lot of noodles. I just pinned an angel food cake recipe. Maybe, I could get it all together one day and kill two birds with one dozen eggs. Ha!

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  25. Nope, no recipes here. Heck, I can't even make a decent pie crust. I buy bags of noodles from the Amish store and put them in the freezer. They'll keep a long time. If I run out and need some, then I buy frozen Reames noodles. They are a bit pricier than regular, but oh, so good.

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    1. Hmmm...have been reading a lot about these Reames noodles.

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  26. I've never made noodles. John talks about his grandmother (from Germany) who made the best but sadly she passed away long before I met John...so no recipes.

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  27. I have heard that one can purchase noodles in a clear cellophane bag at the grocer. Have you tried that? ;-) I have a friend who makes noodles. I don't know her secret, but honestly, I have no desire to find out. It looks like a messy project to me, and I could always buy homemade noodles from our local Amish. You need to import some Amish. And as far as Pinterest goes, I tend to pin rather than use. It's a bad habit, but I think of it as a resource. (Sorry about your noodles.)

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    1. We do have some Mennonites 40 miles away, but that would require gasoline and moolah.

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  28. Yep - I agree with Judy - Ask Lovella!!!

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  29. Oh dear... that's not good. I'm so sorry. I'm wondering if the flour makes a difference. I honestly wish I could come to your kitchen and make noodles with you. When I make noodles with the grands we use the Italian pasta roller. Is it the shape that is the problem? Is the noodle gummy? It's so good you try and try again.

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    1. The noodles were very tough and chewy. John didn't think that they were cooked, but I followed directions. How long should noodles cook? I read many different things. I'd love to come make noodles in your kitchen. Your grands can teach me how!

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    2. Vee, sometimes I would consider my noodles a bit of on the chewy side too. That is probably the gluten that has developed. Try cooking them a bit longer, if nothing else it will definitely make them softer. My beloved says, he has never met a noodle he didn't love so I think that my noodles get more accolades than they deserve.

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  30. Vee dear, I wish I knew the answer to your question! I have never even tried to make noodles, but I have eaten them and there is nothing quite like the homemade ones. Delicious. Don't quit trying. I know it is a simple thing to do. I 've watched it being done over and over by a neighbor of mine years ago. it looked so easy. She made the dough..rolled it out, cut it and into the boiling water it went. Fantastic. I had no idea they were hard to make. She made it look easy though...but I've had things LOOK easy and they really had a trick to it. NO idea what it was though. At the time I wasn't paying that much attention..just waiting to eat them! :)
    I have an idea you might be glad you kept trying.
    Hugs,
    Mona

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    1. I'm going to try one.more.time.

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  31. Nope I have no idea. My daughter will be making homemade pasta next week (we found a pasta maker thingie at Goodwill). Maybe your husband just doesn't like the texture of the homemade noodles?

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    1. There was nothing to like about the texture of those noodles! ☺

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  32. Do you feel better now? Letting us all know that VEE IS NOT PERFECT! Thank goodness.

    My sweet husband makes great noodles with his Imperia. I'll ask him, but maybe it is 'cause he is half Italian!

    XX

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    1. You had the idea that I was perfect? Whoever gave you THAT idea? Ha!

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  33. Hi Vee,
    Yes, I've made homemade noodles and even have a crank type pasta machine to make them. I hate getting all that out, though, and roll them out instead. Now, however, I buy the Reames frozen homemade noodles. They are sooooo good! I hope you can find them in your grocery store. They're sometimes hard to find in the freezer section and I often have to ask. They are wonderful!

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    1. There's that Reames name again!

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  34. All Recipes recipe Great-Aunt Nina's Noodles and Chicken. I've made it time and again. Delicious. Guaranteed. I like messing about in the kitchen.
    And I'm no noodle expert. But everyone loves these.

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    1. Thank you! I have it bookmarked.

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  35. I don't remember ever making noodles, but I do make really good dumplings just like my Maw Maw Wallace did! Just flour, baking powder, pinch of salt, a bit of butter, milk--and I roll the dough out like pie crust and cut strips with a knife to drop in the broth--no, none of those dumpling balls in my house! I use packaged dry egg noodles when I make chicken and noodles because they are so easy and good!

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    1. Oh, perhaps John would prefer your style of dumplings. He's not keen on the little balls. Ha! Perhaps you're really making noodles. ☺

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  36. My grandmother made home made noodles (and home made butter, bread, pies, grew their own beef, pork chicken!) I have made them a few times and all I can think to tell you is that you need to roll them out thin and then let them air dry. Grandma used to hang them all over the kitchen from drying racks. They are fairly labor intensive, but I think the thin noodles and the drying make them less pasty.

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