Observations on the subculture of foodies...please take everything with a pinch of salt.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

3. Making things from scratch

When you are learning how to cook, you will want to know how to make things from scratch like pasta, gnocchi, stock, bread, pastry, pizza etc. instead of buying the pre-made stuff from supermarkets. 

Once you master this, you will swear by it. Anything made fresh tastes better but it is also much more time consuming…is it worth it?

Total time to cook packet of pasta bought from supermarket = between 2-12 minutes (depending on the type of pasta).

Total time to cook freshly made pasta = around 67-73 minutes (10 minutes for mixing together the ingredients and kneading the dough, 30 minutes resting time for dough, around 15-20 minutes to roll out dough and cut it, 10 minutes to dry the pasta and 2-3 minutes to cook it in boiling water).

2-12 minutes versus 67-73 minutes! Your friends may think you are insane, considering the fact that nowadays you can buy freshly made pasta from the refrigerated section of the supermarket.

But you will say ‘It’s not the same!’ as you show off your battle wounds.
- bruises from kneading the dough
- strained wrist from winding the handle of the pasta machine
- bandaged wounds from cutting the pasta dough
- burns to your hand from boiling water

As that saying goes “you suffer for your art”…foodies are not an exception to this.

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