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It’s summer. It’s hot. No-one wants to slave over a hot stove minding a pot of hot noodles.Well, you don’t have to using this simple tip.
Fill the pot with cold water just as you normally do. Then, before you put the pot on the burner dump your raw noodles in. That’s right, put them right in that cold water. Just trust me!
Place pot on the burner and bring to a boil (stir occasionally to keep the noodles from sticking to each other). As soon as the pot reaches a boil, take it off the burner, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Go somewhere and do something else while you wait for the time to go off.
At the end of 10 minutes drain and TA DA! Your noodles are done. As an added bonus your noodles will never boil over using this method (believe me, this is an important consideration for me as my noodles ALWAYS seem to boil over, even when I’m sitting right there watching them.)
This is a triply frugal tip because #1 you are using a lot less energy to run your stove, #2 you aren’t adding as much extra heat to the house and causing your AC (if you have one) to work harder and #3 it takes much less time of actively watching the pot, so you are saving your TIME as well.
I just used this tip again this afternoon because I need to make something to take to a pot luck at church. I decided I wanted to do a cold asian style noodle salad. I went to Recipezaar.com, one of my favorite recipe sites and found this recipe for Sesame Noodle Salad. It is marinating in the fridge and seems like it is going to be very yummy. I added in a single cooked chicken breast (diced up) that I had marinated in teriyaki sauce as well.
This Asian Noodle Salad also looked good, but I didn’t have any hosin or fish sauce (I usually do have a little bit on hand as I have a BBQ Asian Pork recipe that uses them and tastes pretty much like those boneless spare ribs. . . ummmm).
Other posts that may be of interest: Personal Potluck Favorite-Spicy Thai Noodles