Another great recipe from Corey Naughton
Pasta is a wonderful thing to us off-gridders. Long storage life, high in carbs, you can make it at home, and you can add just about whatever is handy to have a delicious meal in no time.
There is a dark side to pasta however … That dark side … is ENERGY.
Pasta requires a long period of boiling in order to turn it from an inedible stick into a tender slippery string. That sustained boiling requires large amounts of energy. You may be using energy from your solar panels … You may be using energy from burning wood or propane … But, at the end of the day you are expending your valuable resources. Resources that cost money to initially procure and replenish. Resources that could be better spent on making dessert ;-)
What if I told you there’s another way?
1) Place pasta in a ziplock bag (any container will work really)
2) Cover with room temp water
3) Allow to sit and soak for 90 minutes
4) Boil salted water
5) Drop in your presoaked pasta
6) Remove from heat
7) Drain when your pasta is tender
Al dente takes about 1 minute from the time the presoaked noodles hit the water. Fully cooked is about 3. (Times will vary based on elevation and noodle type.
The only energy you’ve expended is enough to get that water to an initial boil. No added energy needed to keep it there with this method.
(Don’t forget to save the water! It contains starches that are great for gravies and soups!)
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