Making Extra Money: How to Make a Homemade Noodles
I'm making pasta today!!!
When we talk about noodles, we always think of Italians. As part Asian and part European in ancestry, I respect that notion as partly true. And thanks to Marco Polo for bringing it to Europe. Because noodles have been around even before Spaniards invaded the Philippines. Chinese traders bartered this product and made sumptous meals out of rice noodles and noodles made from wheat or barley. No contest about that. The people from China and other Asian countries must be credited for this cuisine invention.
I'm facing tough times these days. I want to prove to my mother that I can make a homemade noodles without relying to the commercialized recipes that are available from my recipe books.
The most important ingredients are:
- flour (but of course)
- oil (I'll use margarine)
- salt (to make it tasteful)
- egg (for body and flexibility- I stole one chicken egg from my mother's hen)
- water (tap water is available)
- baking powder (can double the flour, too)
This can be an added income for me if I succeed on my first attempt. Yes, I had it in my mind already. I'll be readying my equipment, like:
- basin (stainless aluminum for mixing dry and liquid ingredients)
- wooden chopping board (I bought this unique bamboo-type)
- chef's knife (I'm hiding it from my deaf-mute sister who's akin with the blade of that thing whenever she's angry)
- rolling pin (I'm using an empty glass bottle as an alternative)
Well, do I have to picture it? I did one shot on the ingredients, but trust me, I cannot do multi-tasking here because I'm concentrating on my amateurisque (Is my spelling correct?) knowledge on how to make this additional moneymaker: HOMEMADE NOODLES!!!
With these ingredients in hand, I'll make my very first CHICKEN NOODLES - ala ARIAN REY.
Follow me, please!
Before cutting the flour mixture (Homemade noodles)
You can choose to cut it longer or shorter. (Homemade noodles)
Drying Homemade Noodles
I'm making up my mind to make this in a jiffy. I'm accomplishing small batches to avoid huge mistakes. I hope you'll agree.
STEPS in making NOODLES (with chicken egg)
- Strain the flour (usually APF or all-purpose flour) and remove lumps on it for consistency.
- For every 3 cups of flour, you can add 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
- Add only a pinch of salt or 1/8 teaspoon of this sodium chloride (NaCl). Don't be mistaken with other version (monosodium glutamate - as flavor enhancer). Okay?
- Don't liquiify the margarine or butter. Soften it at room temperature. You can add 1/4 or 250 grams or less. Mix it with the flour and square it into small pieces with two knives or two forks.
- Make a whole at the center of flour mixture, like in volcano. Pour cold water, little by little. Let the flour absorb for a minute.
- Add the beaten egg. It will add flexibility or elsticity to the mixture.
- Now, be ready to mix it with bare hands. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap then dry. This will lessen bacteria contamination.
- Knead it thoroughly and add water little by little to moisten the flour mixture.
- Drop it forcefully to the chopping board to eradicate air bubbles on the flour. This will also even the mixture.
- Dust the chopping board with flour to avoid sticking.
- A good noodles is never too dry and never too wet. Form it into a ball first. Take a 30-minute rest or so. You will see that the dough has risen. Punch it to release the air. Then proceed. Pull it by your two hands and form a ball again.
- Flatten the mixture with a rolling pin or empty glass bottle thinly.
- With the flour dusting, roll it loosely. Then slice it thinly. You can air dry the flour straws or pasta straws.
- Voila! You have already a homemade noodles.
WAIT!!! You really want to taste it now?
- In a pan, you can boil water, while preparing the noodles. Add spices on it (slivers of garlic, onion rings, and powdered pepper). Be ready with fresh vegetables (like julliened carrots, spring onion and leftover meats (chicken, pork or beef),bacon or dried shrimps).
- After pouring your homemade noodles to the boiling mixture, I'm sure your closest neighbor will ask you, "WHAT"S COOKIN' ON?"
YES, you can share your expertise to the community.
Be ready with the question and your unique packaging.
To AVOID SPOILAGE: You can dry it under the sun. Moisture will prompt from the molds and bacteria to grow.
Making profit out of Homemade noodles.
I didn't spend more than $ 50.00 when buying the main ingredients.
- A kilo of flour (wheat or all-purpose) costs only Php 35 pesos or just $0.70 cents.
- 250 grams of margarine costs Php 25 pesos or $ 0.40 cents.
- A chicken egg (fresh) will only cost Php 2.50 or $ 0.05 cents.
(Prices may vary in your area)
Other ingredients are already available in the kitchen.
Selling it will be like hotcakes in the neighborhood. Or I can commission small stores to patronize my product.
I can make more than a kilo of noodles. If I divide it for 250 grams per package and sell it for Php 25.00 pesos, I'll make a Php 100.00 pesos and a profit of Php 25.00 pesos.
My product belongs to the NAPA (No Artificial Preservatives Added) at home. It's good for the health because of it's low carb and the ingredients are natural.
For a Filipino twist, you can use a virgin coconut oil instead or margarine or butter.
My Ingredients in making Homemade noodles
Homemade Noodles c/o SMBeagle
Learn How to Make Homemade Chinese Noodles & Pies Zhejiang c/o konagal
How To Make Homemade Noodles
Making noodles occupy the day-to-day activities of bihon (rice noodle) makers in our city, Naga City (especially at Barangay San Felipe), Bicol, Philippines. Rice noodle or vermicelli (Italian term) is a favorite dish during parties (birthdays, anniversaries and reunions). Filipinos like pancit bihon in every gathering. You can call us Asians as 'Noodle People', since the time when Marco Polo, an Italian adventurer, brought noodles and other pasta products from China to Italy and popularized it in the entire Europe. (To help you get acquainted with the kinds of noodles, here's a book that deals it all. Check it at Amazon online.)
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