Last Updated on September 29, 2020 by cmoarz
If you’ve never taken the opportunity to make some fresh pasta before, Your in for a treat when you do. I don’t think there is any better noodle in this world than the noodle made at home. So let’s learn how to store fresh pasta you’ve made!
This goes for every noodle type, btw. from rotini to rigatoni. Now obviously a lot of these aren’t going to be something you can easily make at home, Luckily for us, most are.
But after you’ve made your fresh pasta, What do you do with it? Surly you can’t just eat the massive batch you’ve made in one sitting, So you are going to need to store it, Properly.
Don’t worry, it’s not hard. Here is how to do it.
How To Store Fresh Pasta
For short term storage, Covering your pasta in a layer of flour and sticking it into a bag in the fridge will probably do you just fine. it will last for about 24 hours. After that everything will start turning brown and oxidated. No good.
For longer term storage, Do this:
Toss the noodles in a generous amount of flour, THAN give it a shake because you’ve clearly over floured it, Nice job buddy! Just kidding, But do give it a nice good shake. We don’t want too much.
Lay them out individualy on a bakeing sheet makeing sure they aren’t touching, and let the batch freeze. Doing it this way will prevent them from sticking together in a clumpy mess.
Once they are frozen, remove them from the pan and add them to a elongated container for permanent freezer storage.
If you don’t have one that’s long enough, You can use a bag, or just freeze the strands doubled up to make them shorter.
And that’s it. Really easy.
How to store fresh pasta dough
You can freeze an entire ball of dough without cutting it first. Same instructions, just let it thaw first before use, and your all set. Save yourself even more time this way, and tell your future self to cut the noodles instead.
In fact, this whole thing is so easy I couldn’t even make it longer than 400 words, So I’m going to add some bonus content! Yay bonus content!
So here’s a video of my favorite content creating cook on youtube, Babish, Making delicious homemade Pasta in easy to follow instructions in case you’ve never done it before!
How to dry and store fresh pasta
It’s not a how to store fresh pasta article without mentioning dehydration. One of my favorite preservation methods for many foods, it works well on pasta too.
Just remember to keep your pieces small, This method is much more time consuming if you intend to dehydrate larger pasta like angel hair or spaghetti. If you really want to do that though, Go ahead on twisting them into rats nests. Allow for extra drying time and you may need to flip them halfway threw.
Follow these steps to dehydrated your freshly made pasta:
- Cook your pasta. You can’t be dehydrated raw. Homemade fresh pasta cooks very quickly and only needs maybe a minute or 2 in boiling water. If you aren’t using homemade, Than follow box instructions.
- Place on your favorite dehydrator trays. Make sure theirs enough breaking space, Or if you are rat nesting, Be sure it’s loosely packed.
- Set dehydrator to 115f and let dry overnight. If you are doing this overnight, You will need to get up and move the pasta around every once and a while, so its likely better to do it during the day.
That’s it really. The important thing to make sure you flip them around once and a while, and if you are using a multi-tiered dehydrator with a fan only on one end of it, Remember to move your trays around and the bottom (or top, where ever the fan is) will get dryer before the one furthest away!
Re-hydrating dehydrated pasta
Boil a pot of water, drop the pasta in, stir it a bit, wait. After a few minutes your pasta will be cooked and rehydrated and ready to chow down on.