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Buying and Storing Pasta


Buying Pasta:


Oh pasta, the Italians wonderful gift to this planet! Pasta is a delicious grain that is usually bought or made in bulk. Because of this we need to know how to store it correctly in both forms, fresh and dried.

Pasta can be purchased either dry or fresh. Dried pasta is widely available, especially at super markets, while fresh pasta is usually purchased as small delicatessen shop. We can of course make our own fresh pasta, however that’s another topic altogether!

Storing Pasta:

Store bought dried pasta can be stored indefinitely if kept in the right conditions. We should place our pasta in Air Tight Containers and store them in a dry place out of direct sunlight. Though dried pasta can usually be stored indefinitely, its always best to check the use by date on the package due to the ingredients that are used when the pasta is made.

Since fresh pasta is made with eggs it doesn’t keep as long as dried pasta. We have to keep this in mind when buying or making it. Store bought pasta will usually keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in it original sealed packaging. If you open it, you should store the uncooked pasta in an airtight container. You should still consume this in 2-3 days. It is best to check the packaging on fresh pasta as you don’t know when it was made.

Homemade pasta will only last 1-2 days in the refrigerator. Again, it should also be stored in an airtight container.

We can also freeze fresh pasta. Fresh pasta that is frozen will last about 2-3 months before it needs to be used.

Tip: We do not have to thaw uncooked frozen pasta. Simply toss it in a pot of boiling water where it will just require a few more minutes to cook and thaw.