My inbox has been overflowing as of late with various questions and frequently there are many quite similar to each other. While I love reading and hope to provide a little assistance in response, time does not permit me to respond to every e-mail as I would desire. I have decided it might just be best to present a weekly Q & A post or two, as needed, to address these questions. Please forgive the delay it has taken to respond to many of your questions. Look for the answers here in the future…if I have them that is!
Have you soaked your grains when making homemade pasta? How do you do it?
Charmayne asked a similar question:
In Nourishing Traditions, she does not cover pasta as she says that the pasta is not soaked, sprouted, etc. I was surprised that she had very little to say on pasta as it is a staple in many homes and it is a huge part of the Italian culture. Do you know of any recipe/book that covers soaking/sprouting pasta grains?
My research and discussion on this topic has proven that pasta is one that unfortunately cannot be soaked including that of soaking store bought pasta or in the process of making homemade pasta. You actually can purchase sprouted pasta made from sprouted grain from Food for Life, but I have yet to try it. Personally, I am not a huge fan of their products as I have found them to be incredibly dense and lacking flavor. This may or may not be the case with the pasta. There are recipes available for making your own sprouted grain or sourdough pasta if you are really adventurous. Weston Price provides a recipe for Sourdough Egg Noodles and Rejoice for Life has a recipe for sprouted or sourdough pasta. Go for it!
The option we choose as a family is using brown rice pasta. Brown rice has the lowest amount of phytates and thus a limited consumption of it is not too problematic. We use either Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta or Tinkyada brown rice pasta (our source is through Azure Standard). Both are excellent and delicious, although more sticky than the average pasta.
I know many of my readers have alot of ideas and knowledge, so feel free to share!