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While many of our customers enjoy the convenience of having quality fresh pasta delivered to their door, we often receive inquiries about making fresh pasta at home. One common question we encounter is how to properly dry fresh pasta before cooking. Our expert pasta chefs have shared some valuable tips to ensure your pasta is perfectly dried. You can also watch the video below for some firsthand advice from Chef Roberta.
Why is it important to dry fresh pasta before cooking?
The key to successful fresh pasta lies in its texture. While your dough should be firm and malleable, sometimes it can turn out stickier than expected. This is a sign that your pasta needs to be dried before cooking. Drying your fresh pasta ensures that it retains its shape and avoids turning into an unpleasant clump at the bottom of the saucepan.
How long should you dry fresh pasta for?
The drying time for fresh pasta depends on your level of self-control. Assuming you can’t resist the temptation, let’s focus on drying fresh pasta for immediate use. After rolling out your dough, place it on a floured surface, such as a baking tray or countertop. Sprinkle it with flour and allow it to dry for 15 minutes. Once you’ve cut your desired shapes, let the pasta dry for an additional 15 minutes before cooking.
It’s important to note that if you’re making stuffed pasta like ravioli or tortellini, you should cut and stuff the dough before allowing it to dry. This ensures proper sealing and keeps the delicious fillings intact.
For long noodles like tagliatelle, fettuccine, or angel hair pasta, try drying them in nests. Simply pick up your noodles, twist them, and twirl them into neat little coils. Not only does this method look impressive, but it also provides an effective way to dry your freshly-made pasta.
One last tip before we continue: pasta dries best in warm environments. However, avoid making pasta on particularly hot days as the increased humidity can cause your pasta to dry too quickly and crack.
Do you really need a pasta drying rack?
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need fancy equipment to make restaurant-quality fresh pasta. Drying racks are optional. You can use everyday items in your home as alternatives. Try hanging your freshly-cut pasta strands over a broom handle or the back of a chair. If using a chair, cover the back with a tea-towel lightly dusted with flour.
How to dry fresh pasta for future use
If you’re planning ahead, there are different methods for drying fresh pasta for future use. For fresh egg pasta, spread the dough out onto a large piece of baking paper to form a single layer. Allow it to dry for approximately 30 minutes before placing it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Filled pasta, on the other hand, is best consumed as soon as possible, but can be frozen for up to a month.
For pasta bianca, a simple dough made with flour and water, leave it uncovered in a dry area for 12 to 24 hours, turning it at regular intervals. Keep in mind that drying times may vary depending on factors such as room temperature and dough thickness. If you prefer a more controlled drying process, place an electric fan next to your pasta on a low setting to ensure even drying.
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