Whole wheat flour is quite expensive by me. Because of that, I don't use it on a regular basis, as it is twice the price of white flour. (I am looking into buying it in bulk because I can get it cheaper that way.)
Sometimes, however, it pays to make things from scratch out of whole wheat, as the whole wheat from scratch is cheaper or the same price as store bought white flour processed products.
I made 1.5 lbs of whole wheat noodles. When I buy white flour noodles, I pay 75 cents a pound. As I pay 95 cents per pound of whole wheat, I was able to make a pound and a half of whole wheat noodles for 75 cents, the same amount I pay for one pound of white flour noodles. In other words, when I make this myself, for the same cost I am able to make a larger quantity of a healthier product.
Money savings as well as healthier.
If I would buy whole wheat noodles in the store, it would cost me over 2 dollars a pound.
By making my own whole wheat noodles, I saved lots of money!
I got this recipe for whole wheat noodles from Under 1000 Per Month . My old noodle recipe involved eggs and oil and was harder to make than these simple simple tasty noodles.
I really want a pasta maker like this. (My birthday is coming up in February, hint hint.) But if, like me, you don't have a state of the art pasta maker, this is what you'll need to make your own cheap delicious homemade whole wheat noodles.
Homemade NoodlesRequired Equipment
Pot of boiling water
Extra Equipment that would make life easier-
Pasta Maker (doh)
Whole wheat flour
(Yea, seriously. Those are the only ingredients. Its that simple.)
1. In a large bowl, mix 3:1 ratio of flour to water. That means 3 cups flour and one cup water. Or 1.5 cups flour and half a cup water. Or 3 tablespoons flour and 1 tablespoon water. (I think I did enough math for you now.)
2. Mix the dough and knead it very well. You want it to be a ball that stays together easily, isn't crumbly and isn't sticky. Add more flour or water as needed to make the right consistency.
3. Let the dough sit for 15 minutes. This lets the gluten form bonds and makes the dough stretchier.
4. Tear off a tangerine size chunk from the dough.
5. Flour your rolling surface and roll out out the dough quite thin. (It expands when cooked, so keep that in mind when deciding how thin or thick to roll it.)
6. Use a knife or a pizza cutter to slice the dough into noodles. Cut thin long strips for spaghetti/linguine; cut smaller but wider rectangles for noodles.
7. When they're cut, pick up the cut noodles and place them in a pile/bowl while you cut the rest of the noodles.
8. Boil in a pot of salted water (with a bit of oil, preferably). Cook them until they're soft- it should be five minutes or so.
9. Strain in a colander. Rinse with water.
These whole wheat noodles are very quick to make. They taste exactly like the store bought and are worth every penny!