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  1. #1
    piedmont Guest

    Default Lasagna Noodle Preference Survey

    Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.

    What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?

    Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    in a lasagna?

    For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.

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    piedmont (michael)

    the practical bbq'r!; http://sites.google.com/site/thepracticalbbqr/

  2. #2
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    Mike wrote:

    > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >
    > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >
    > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    > in a lasagna?
    >
    > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.


    I prefer fresh for several reasons:

    1. You can adjust the size of the noodle however you like. If you want
    six-inch-wide lasagna noodles, you can *have* six-inch-wide lasagna noodles.

    2. They're easier to work with, and you don't have to worry about getting a
    box full of broken noodles.

    3. The texture is better.

    Bob




  3. #3
    news Guest

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    "piedmont" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]. .
    > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >
    > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >
    > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    > in a lasagna?
    >
    > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.
    >
    >

    I prefer ruffled edges to straight ones.



  4. #4
    Goro Guest

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    On Jul 26, 6:37*am, "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz>
    wrote:
    > Mike wrote:
    > > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.

    >
    > > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?

    >
    > > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    > > in a lasagna?

    >
    > > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.

    >
    > I prefer fresh for several reasons:
    >
    > 1. You can adjust the size of the noodle however you like. If you want
    > six-inch-wide lasagna noodles, you can *have* six-inch-wide lasagna noodles.
    >
    > 2. They're easier to work with, and you don't have to worry about gettinga
    > box full of broken noodles.
    >
    > 3. The texture is better.
    >
    > Bob


    Agreed. and #3 is the most pronounced difference, imho.

    -goro-

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    Pete C. Guest

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    piedmont wrote:
    >
    > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >
    > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >
    > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    > in a lasagna?
    >
    > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.


    Fresh made, full width, and very thin. I use my 6" pasta roller to make
    the sheets, and I either roll to a #5 and then hand stretch the sheets
    slightly to fit smaller pans, or if I'm doing a big half stem table
    insert pan, I roll to #7 and just use two sheets per layer. It does make
    a difference. It's no boil of course, since fresh thin pasta will cook
    up nicely with the liquid from the adjacent sauce and meat, which also
    helps contribute to a solid non watery lasagna. My lasagna has been
    tested and approved by an actual off-the-boat Sicilian grandmother, so
    I'm happy with it.

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    ViLco Guest

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    piedmont wrote:

    > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >
    > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >
    > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other
    > flavors in a lasagna?


    As others have told you, the main difference is in the texture: fresh is way
    better.

    > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.


    Fresh or not always boil the nnodles, it reduces the starch content thus
    giving a less gluey overall texture.
    The best is with some boiled and very finely minced spinach, the fresh green
    egg-noodles.
    --
    Vilco
    And the Family Stone




  7. #7
    Kalmia Guest

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    Have never made fresh, but I'm sure they're the best, tender and
    tasty.
    I use the boil ones - and prefer the corduroy type - holds more sauce.

    I crosshatch em in the dish - makes for easier cutting and serving.

    I always make about three extra noodles to allow for breakage or
    tearing. Then I built an individual one with the 'scraps'. Cook's
    treat.

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    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 13:16:03 +0000 (UTC), piedmont <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >
    > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >
    > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    > in a lasagna?
    >
    > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.


    I don't see fresh lasagna noodles very often but I think I used fresh
    at least once years ago before I discovered the no boil. Not a big
    discernable difference between those two IMO. Maybe I'd find a
    difference between home made and no boil, but I don't make my own
    pasta so that option is off the table.

    --

    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

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    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    piedmont <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >
    > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >
    > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    > in a lasagna?
    >
    > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.


    I use no boil for ease and have made them homemade which were
    incredible, but not worth the work to me. I know, I know, heresy, I'm
    using inferior products, but nobody has every complained.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 13:52:00 -0700, Ranée at Arabian Knits
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > I use no boil for ease and have made them homemade which were
    > incredible, but not worth the work to me. I know, I know, heresy, I'm
    > using inferior products, but nobody has every complained.
    >


    I think you need to polish up your snobbish attitude Ranee. You might
    be drummed out of the corps if you don't start to conform, woman!

    --

    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  11. #11
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    Ranee wrote:

    > I use no boil for ease and have made them homemade which were
    > incredible, but not worth the work to me. I know, I know, heresy, I'm
    > using inferior products, but nobody has every complained.


    I don't think I've ever seen ANYONE complain about lasagna, no matter how
    "inferior" it was.

    Bob




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    Ophelia Guest

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    "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > piedmont <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >>
    >> What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >>
    >> Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other
    >> flavors
    >> in a lasagna?
    >>
    >> For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.

    >
    > I use no boil for ease and have made them homemade which were
    > incredible, but not worth the work to me. I know, I know, heresy, I'm
    > using inferior products, but nobody has every complained.


    Well if you need a disinterested tester... *cough*
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    --
    https://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Mon, 26 Jul 2010 13:52:00 -0700, Ranée at Arabian Knits
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > I use no boil for ease and have made them homemade which were
    > > incredible, but not worth the work to me. I know, I know, heresy, I'm
    > > using inferior products, but nobody has every complained.
    > >

    >
    > I think you need to polish up your snobbish attitude Ranee. You might
    > be drummed out of the corps if you don't start to conform, woman!


    I didn't know my snob status was so shaky!

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > In article <[email protected]>,
    > > piedmont <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >> Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    > >>
    > >> What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    > >>
    > >> Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other
    > >> flavors
    > >> in a lasagna?
    > >>
    > >> For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.

    > >
    > > I use no boil for ease and have made them homemade which were
    > > incredible, but not worth the work to me. I know, I know, heresy, I'm
    > > using inferior products, but nobody has every complained.

    >
    > Well if you need a disinterested tester... *cough*
    > --


    Come on over! I will make it for you, but not until about four to
    six weeks after we have the baby.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    Ophelia Guest

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    "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >> > In article <[email protected]>,
    >> > piedmont <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >> >>
    >> >> What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >> >>
    >> >> Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other
    >> >> flavors
    >> >> in a lasagna?
    >> >>
    >> >> For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.
    >> >
    >> > I use no boil for ease and have made them homemade which were
    >> > incredible, but not worth the work to me. I know, I know, heresy, I'm
    >> > using inferior products, but nobody has every complained.

    >>
    >> Well if you need a disinterested tester... *cough*
    >> --

    >
    > Come on over! I will make it for you, but not until about four to
    > six weeks after we have the baby.


    Aww you think I would come *before* a baby is to be born...... <g>
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    https://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/


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    sf Guest

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    On Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:36:24 +0100, "Ophelia" <[email protected]>
    wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > In article <[email protected]>,
    > > "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >>
    > >> Well if you need a disinterested tester... *cough*
    > >> --

    > >
    > > Come on over! I will make it for you, but not until about four to
    > > six weeks after we have the baby.

    >
    > Aww you think I would come *before* a baby is to be born...... <g>
    > --

    Are you prepared to stay and help out if it comes early?

    --

    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  17. #17
    Ophelia Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:36:24 +0100, "Ophelia" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Ranée at Arabian Knits" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >> > In article <[email protected]>,
    >> > "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> >
    >> >>
    >> >> Well if you need a disinterested tester... *cough*
    >> >> --
    >> >
    >> > Come on over! I will make it for you, but not until about four to
    >> > six weeks after we have the baby.

    >>
    >> Aww you think I would come *before* a baby is to be born...... <g>
    >> --

    > Are you prepared to stay and help out if it comes early?


    My point was that I would prefer to be there when the baby has arrived If
    any help was needed with the aforementioned baby, I would be in seventh
    heaven)
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    sf Guest

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    On Fri, 30 Jul 2010 17:06:17 +0100, "Ophelia" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > My point was that I would prefer to be there when the baby has arrived If
    > any help was needed with the aforementioned baby, I would be in seventh
    > heaven)


    You're the ultimate house guest, O.

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    Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.

  19. #19
    Kris Guest

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    On Jul 26, 9:16*am, piedmont <As...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Lasagna noodle survey; fresh, boil or no boil.
    >
    > What's your preference, what are the pros N cons?
    >
    > Are fresh that much more flavorful once covered with so much other flavors
    > in a lasagna?
    >
    > For me, I've only used boil, so I can't compare the others.
    >
    > --
    > regards,
    >
    > piedmont (michael)
    >
    > the practical bbq'r!;http://sites.google.com/site/thepracticalbbqr/


    I've only had fresh in restaurants, never used them at home. They
    tasted great.

    At home, seems I like (ruffled) boiled ones. I always make sure to
    boil them only long enough to soften them, never close to mushy. Pros:
    much cheaper, easier to find. Cons: maybe not as fresh-tasting, but
    honestly lasagna is so delicious I don't notice a difference enough to
    let it bother me.

    I've used no-boil also. They were fine, but I missed the ruffles (Use
    Barilla's flat variety). I do still buy them if they're on a good
    sale. Another pro is the obvious - one less pot and a lot less work
    and time!

    FWIW,
    Kris

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