Plan B – Let’s Make Some Egg Noodles

I took a day of vacation so that I could have a long weekend, and Bernie and I could finish up the greenhouse. But Mother Nature had other plans for the day.

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It seems our weather forecast changed a little yesterday, and I apparently missed the memo on it. The tarp covered lump above the well pump is the greenhouse pieces we assembled last weekend. *sigh*

So we do what we always do when Plan A just doesn’t quite pan out. We came up with Plan B. And rather than working on the greenhouse, we’ll be working inside the house. It needs a good cleaning anyway. The above picture was actually taken around 8AM. It was too dark to get that picture when we arose at 5AM.

By 5:30AM, I was making some egg noodles. And, just in case you too planned to put together a greenhouse today, were foiled by Mother Nature, and are having a hard time coming up with a Plan B, I’m going to offer you an alternative and step you through making your very own home made egg noodles.

This is my kind cooking right here. It consists of a whole whopping three ingredients – flour, eggs, and a pinch of salt. I omitted the salt because, well, I forgot. Cut me some slack here – I hadn’t even quite made it through my coffee when I started.

So here’s what you’ll need:

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Two cups of flour (white or whole wheat), four eggs, and (if you can remember) a pinch of salt.

Now, pour your flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour and place your four cracked eggs in there. You can use the utensil of your choice to mix this all together, but I prefer to use my hands. It was at this point I wanted to take a picture, but my hands were fully immersed in eggy flour and I couldn’t find Bernie. Just mix the flour and eggs much like you would mix any dough. You want to end up with a stiff and slightly sticky dough. Transfer that dough to your pastry sheet, or your counter. Whichever you use, be sure to lightly flour the surface, and then lightly flour the top of your dough. This will help keep the dough from sticking as you roll it out.

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Now take your rolling pin (or is it rolling pen?) and roll out your dough. The thickness is completely up to you and your preference. The important thing is to roll it out so that the thickness is consistent. I rolled mine out to about 1/4 inch thick. We like noodles you can sink your teeth into.

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Once you’ve got your dough rolled out to the thickness you like, roll it into a jelly roll

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Now you’re going to slice your noodles. You can slice these as thick or thin as you like. Use a sharp knife, or a piece of strong thread. I prefer to use thread. To use this method, slide your thread under the jelly roll and position it at the desired thickness.

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Pull the thread up and cross it over the jelly roll.

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Then just pull it through to slice.

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Repeat until you make it through the entire jelly roll.

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Unroll each noodle and lay it flat on a tea towel or something similar.

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And now you can go clean your house, check your email, write a blog, or go back to bed while your noodles dry for a while. The length of time to dry is going to depend on how thick you made your noodles and the humidity in your house. I’m going to leave these to dry all day and use them tonight in either goulash, or chicken soup. It’s too early for that decision right now.

I guess there’s no law that says you have to dry the noodles first. You could start cooking with them as soon as you slice them, if you like. I’ve heard that some people do that. Oh, and that little bit of flour left on the noodles? Well, it’ll wash off if you boil your noodles in water, or simply add the dry noodles to your soup/stew and the little bit of flour will help thicken it as you cook the noodles. And you aren’t limited to skinny little noodles. You can make your own lasagna noodles with this dough too.

Once they are dry, you can store your noodles in a sealed jar for about a month.

Bon apetite!

Penny

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8 Responses to “Plan B – Let’s Make Some Egg Noodles”

  1. Jocelyn says:

    How very cool! I usually just slice open a $2 bag of these things. Thank you for the lesson. Looks easy and would save me about $1.50. AWESOME!

    And I only have to work 1/2 a day today I might do this when I get home.

  2. frugalmom says:

    Can I just say that actually making anything at 530 in the morning deserves lots of stars???? It has been a while since I have seen 5 am….but now that the pup is here lets just say that I see it a heck of a lot more often now. I mean it seemed only natural that the pup joined the family now, right? Since I just got thru potty training the little guy….I may as well just keep the ball rolling…..

    Love homemade egg noodles. The jellyroll idea is pretty nifty….I just roll mine out and then use a pizza cutter and slice away. What did you end up making wit them?

  3. basicliving says:

    Hey Jocelyn – I think you’re going to love your home made noodles! It really is quite easy to make them and doesn’t take much time – plus the taste is wonderful! Let me know how yours turn out.

    Frugalmom – Your pup is precious! I just love that sweet little face – makes me want to kiss the fur right off of her. And I wondered if you were still getting your beauty rest. Ours do not tolerate much of that.

    I just rolled out the noodles this morning, so I haven’t used them yet. Bernie is leaning toward goulash. We have a freezer full of deer meat, and he loves his deer meat goulash. So I guess it’ll be goulash.

  4. Cotton Lady says:

    Wow! Didn’t realize homemade noodles looked to easy to make! May have to try them myself. Your early morning scene looks a little familiar, only I have rain and ice. We’d been praying for moisture in West Texas, so am glad to see it even if it’s ice. Sounds like a great day to make noodles!! Most of the time we only have around 20 percent humidity, so shouldn’t take them long to dry here. Happy cleaning!!

  5. basicliving says:

    Hi Cotton Lady – Glad you’re getting the needed moisture and we could use what we’re getting too. But I’m with you – it would be nice if it would just be rain and skip all the ice and snow!

    Yes, it is just that easy to make home made noodles. And they really don’t take long to dry. The thinner you roll out the dough, the more quickly they will dry. Maybe even within two hours. So get to noodlin’! I’ll be waiting to hear how yours turn out!

  6. LizBeth says:

    Now I know what I’m going to fix for supper tonight. It has turned off cold again, and noodles will be perfect. Thanks!

  7. Trish says:

    Oh, thanks for the suggestion! I’ve been meaning to try making egg noodles for a while, as we love them and can’t buy them here in Honduras. Your instructions and pictures were the impetus I needed, and my 12 yr old daughter and 7 yr old son made them up yesterday (we tripled the recipe for our large family), and today we’re planning to have Amish chicken pot pie (which, if you aren’t familiar with Amish cooking, is an egg noodle dish, not a ‘pie’).

    I may post about the noodles on my blog later today . . . http://www.sowers4pastors.blogspot.com.

  8. basicliving says:

    LizBeth – Did you make them? How did they turn out?

    Trish – I’m glad the noodles were a fun project for the family. I love chicken pot pie, although I’m not sure I’ve ever had the Amish version. How did it turn out? I checked out your blog – what a wonderful thing you and your family are doing in the Honduras! I’m certain this is something you’ll children will remember forever.

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