Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tuesday Tips for the Homestead!
My first tip: Making lasagna can be a real pain in the tooter. (Like that word? Yeah, I have little boys...) I never have a pot big enough to boil the noodles properly. I know some people say you don't have to boil them, but mine always turn out like sticky cardboard if I don't. I finally found a way to make this task easier! Fill your tea kettle and set it to boil. While it is heating place the uncooked lasagna noodles in a 9 x 13 dish. When the kettle whistles, pour the water over the uncooked noodles. I add a bit of olive oil to help prevent them from sticking. Let them sit for about 15 minutes. Remove the partially cooked noodles (I lay them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.) and proceed to prepare your lasagna. (My favorite lasagna is from The Pioneer Woman - seriously the best ever!) The noodles are not cooked through this way, but they will continue cooking when you bake the lasagna. This way they are not mushy. They have a nice "bite" to them and keep their shape.