Proper method to "next" pasta noodles for drying
I am not understanding something on how to dry homemade pasta noodles, e.g. fettucini.
Several web postings say to curl them into a next to dry but if I do they turn to a sodden mush. If I try to dry them enough ahead of time (over the back rung of a chair), they are not flexible enough to next and they break.
It does not seem to matter how much I flour them.
hi. i used to grapple with the same problem until a pal came over and set me straight. first, make sure your pasta is the right consistency going into the machine. i usually roll itthrough the machine a few times, let it sit a bit to dry and then put it through the fettucine setting on my ancient machine. don't let them overdry before nesting them. it takes a few times to get the hang of it but once you get it right, you'll be knocking yourself on the head! it's hard to put into words but i sort of grab it very loosely and wrap it around my hand. don't overthink it and be as natural as possible.
i throw some flour or semolina on them and give them sort of a little shake and to be sure they are separated.
buona fortuna! let us know how you do!
p.s. last time i made them i left them on my table to dry and my chesapeake bay retriever ate them all.