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Slurp 'em up
Most kids love noodles, so learning how to make your own is a parenting no-brainer. Not only will you get your little ones involved in food prep, but you can also teach them how three simple ingredients transform into their favourite meal.
The main star here is flour, which contains proteins. When worked over, these proteins combine to form gluten, the element that makes pasta noodles so stretchy. That’s why it’s important to choose the right type of flour when you make noodles. Bread and durum semolina flours both have high protein content, and cake and pastry flours have less (all-purpose falls somewhere in between). These versatile noodles work well for Asian and Italian fare, so grab your rolling pin, get the kids and try out this recipe.
I can't believe... The oldest noodles in the world are from China. In 2005, scientists found a bowl of noodles they believe to be about 4,000 years old.
A version of this article appeared in our April 2013 issue with the headline "Slurp 'em up," p. 108.