Why We Hand Make Noodles

Pasta is a staple of every budgeting person's diet. Spaghetti noodles and a jar of sauce is cheap, box mac and cheese is even cheaper, and even when you splurge for some egg or lo mein noodles you are going to fill up way before you hurt your bank account. Grocery stores stock any and every variety of noodles you could ever hope to find; premade, cut dried, and ready to cook. With the abundance of availability and low cost to acquire them it is not super common for people to hand-make their own noodles anymore. But we still do.

Growing up, every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving my family would make homemade egg noodles to go in the soup that would be made from the leftover turkey. All five of us would gather in the kitchen after we finished lunch. We would then spend time as a family mixing, kneading, cutting, and rolling all the noodles that would be eaten in every soup that winter. The dining room table and all its chairs would soon be covered in noodles as they dried out before getting bagged and stored.

Having left home and started a family of my own we still make our noodles from scratch from time to time. Now it is not like we whip out the flour and rolling pin every time we want some spaghetti or anything. Hand made noodles are something reserved for special occasions. While they are better than their store-bought counterparts (most of the time), that is not why we put in the extra work. It is the time that we spend together as a family that makes it worth the work.

Family time is very important to Erin and me. It is easy to say that you are going to spend dedicated family time but it is much harder to actually find the time to give. Preplanning simple activities together, like homemaking our spaghetti, helps make sure that we are giving enough time to each other and to our children. Gabriella has always shown an interest in helping out in the kitchen so it is always fun getting her involved in our cooking shenanigans.

When the thing that is considered to be extra work becomes the reason for the project, it isn't really extra work anymore. We don't make homemade noodles because we love noodles, we do it because we love the extra time with each other.

I hope this message has found you in good health and of a sound mind. Until next week, I am just another confused father from Kansas wondering...

What is worth the extra work for you?


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