Pros: Light. Cook fast. Delicious as main entree, side-dish, soup addition. Cheap
Cons: Cannot find these in spinach or tomato
As my vacation winds down and I am enjoying it less and less because income - production is getting more scarce by the week, I still make time for my reviewing of products I have used or been given to taste or try out. This staple on most dinner tables, the Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles, 12-ounce bags (Pack of 12) was a gift actually because in preparing it for the Rosh Hashanah feast for a client of over a decade, I worked, served, ate good and left with some income earned for it. It is delicious no matter what time of year but it is especially helpful and palatte-able this special time of year.
Most people know by now, readers at Epinions and my website visitors, that I am into holistic yet delicious foodstuffs. I eat both certified kosher products that are chemical and dye-free (unfortunately rare in the kosher market and I wonder why) and regular organic products that allow me to remain fit.
Pasta for many causes weight gain but on me an endomorph (the smallest frame in body-typing), I can eat as much as I like. It is one of my favorite energy-gaining foods that works with many different additions to it. I stay slim and quite satisfied and I can explore so many options with these noodles. Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles, 12-ounce bags (Pack of 12) are a delicious side-dish, main dish with additions, or part of other dishes like soups and sauces or struedels (knuedell). This is a quality foodstuff manufactured since 1888.
|| APPEARANCE ||
Uncooked-- these thin flat noodles are approximately a 1½ inch long and there are literally hundreds of them, enough to fill 340 grams worth minus air at top due to settling during shipping.
Cooked-- these thin flat noodles shrink a lot and become almost ½ their original size yet plump up individually as the moisture is cooked through the dry pasta. The color also changes slightly in that cooked the product seems more pale yellow in color than when uncooked.
The cellophane bag these noodles come in is transparent, non-recyclable and holds the 12 ounces, 340 grams, of uncooked weight in pasta. Shelf life is about three to five years, honest.
|| ALLERGY NOTE ||
There is wheat in Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles, 12-ounce bags (Pack of 12) so those with gluten allergies should not consume this product. As the package states, “fine egg noodles” means there is also eggs in here, yolks only or entire egg minus shell of course (or at least I hope), so consult your primary care doctor before adding these to your diet.
|| ABSORPTION/ ASSIMILATION ||
A relatively light foodstuff that metabolizes easily in both the AB and B blood types; while O’s probably should not eat a great deal since the ‘metabolizing’ enzyme needed to break down such a carbohydrate as this, is more rare in this blood type. (see book for more detail) Pasta is quickly absorbed by most endomorphs and AB’s and B’s, so for me my energy level is higher hours after this is fully digested. When I am already tired though, and not very hungry, pasta can fill me up and allow me to sleep a few hours later.
Ah the life of a writer and philanthropist !
Now on with the review . . .
|| COST ||
At one single bag (340grams, 12 ounces) of Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles, 12-ounce bags (Pack of 12) the cost varies from geographical location to geographical location and can be as little as a $1.oo to $3.oo The case of 12 bags per box usually runs wholesale about $12.oo and retail about $15.oo so if you love these things and have a huge family that wants them instead of matzo balls, you better stock up !
|| DIRECTIONS ||
In order to eat these delicious strands of pasta, you need to learn how to boil water and then put the noodles in. Some of us who have been in the hospitality management industry for decades, like me, I use my secret trick to making ‘al dante’ noodles no matter what size or style. (I don’t let the water roll to a full boil before throwing in the pasta AND I put the oil in before the water even gets hot. I also cover the pot with the lid almost all the way and let it steam more than absorb and only for 5 minutes, tops !)
According to the package:
1) Bring 5 quarts of water to a rapid boil. Add salt, if desired. (Sea Salt is best, I use none)
2) Empty noodles into boiling water.
3) Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 4-6 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached.
4) Drain and serve.
* Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles, 12-ounce bags (Pack of 12) used in soups or casseroles should not be boiled more than 4 minutes. (Gets too soggy if longer)
|| ELIMINATION ||
This one is a pretty easy foodstuff on the digestive tract and those with any gastro-intestinal disorders should find it equally easy to get rid of. The major portion of the durum semolina (the gluten wheat part, flour) is converted to energy so a lot won’t be lost to wash out to sea.
|| HISTORY ||
The company products have been around for Sader tables, Rosh Hashanah meals, and every day regular family get togethers for 112 years and even though you won’t find this particular brand on Passover dinner table, you will the rest of the year. The egg is a dairy product so at Passover this is not religiously or culturally permitted.
The package states “Manischewitz Quality since 1888” and I for one, agree that most of the products I have tried and eat regularly are the best your going to get if good ole grandma is not around anymore !
|| INGREDIENTS ||
Durum Flour (wheat/gluten); Egg yolks or whole eggs (including white (albumin)part); Niacin; Ferrous Sulfate (Iron); Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1); Riboflavin (Vitamin B2); and Folic Acid.
|| NUTRITION FACTS ||
Serving Size= 1 ½ cups (55grams)
Servings per= about 6
Fat Calories= 25
In Amount per serving these figures apply:
Total Fat= 2.5grams or 4%
Saturated Fat= 0.5grams or 3%
Trans fat= 0grams or 0%
*Cholesterol= 60milligrams or 21% (not sure if this is the HDL or LDL Cholesterol)
Sodium= 20milligrams or 1%
Total Carbs= 39grams or 13%
Dietary Fiber= 2grams or 6%
Vitamin A= 0%; Vitamin C= 0%; Calcium= 2%; Iron= 10%; Thiamine= 30%; Riboflavin= 10%; Niacin= 15%; Folic Acid= 30%
|| SMELL ||
Uncooked-- there is no smell at all.
Cooked-- a slight pleasant starchy potato-like scent is noticed.
|| TASTE ||
Uncooked-- starchy and like cracked wheat if you can really chew it up, which I don’t recommend.
Cooked-- rather plain by themselves UNLESS you like the way fresh pasta just melts in your mouth with or without butter and additions.
|| USES ||
These delectable little strands of pasta are versatile in lots of things like casseroles, soups, under spaghetti sauce or vegetables or whatever your palate is in the mood for. Once cooked, the product Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles, 12-ounce bags (Pack of 12) can be stored in a freezer-burn proof container for three months. Once thawed though you should not re-freeze so portion out the noodles in individual tubs if you need to.
|| WARNING ||
Once cooked Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles will be hot so handle carefully when transferring them from hot pot to collander and then from collander to individual plates or bowls. Also I really don’t recommend eating these pasta strands raw, although easy to chew and digestion well when I was kid it never bothered me but I am 40+ so you figure it out . . .
|| FINAL NOTE ||
Gentile or Jew, rich or lying near a pew, the nearest family or soup kitchen is bound to have some Manischewitz Fine Egg Noodles, 12-ounce bags (Pack of 12) in their pantry as I have some now in mine. Since they are so light and little and highly absorbant to anything they drown in or swim on top of, these noodles are sure to please even the fussiest eater.
For those of you who celebrated, Happy Rosh Hashanah and those that did not try these noodles out anyway cause I guarantee even if you never bought them, you’ve had them somewhere and liked em’ ! (I left out the recipe for Hearty Chicken Soup right on the back of the package because I encourage you to buy it, use the noodles as the directions for the soup go and write me or email me on how good it came out . . .)
Thank you for reading and
3rd Entry in September 2010 First Review Write-Off Sweepstakes
For more product info please visit: http://www.manischewitz.com