Making Homemade Noodles Safely

Cut noodles hanging on a baking cooking rack to dry.“What is the best way to store homemade noodles?” was an AnswerLine question.  The caller related how her grandmother used to make large batches of homemade noodles, cut, and dry them on a clothes drying rack or on dowel rods between the kitchen chairs.  After the noodles were thoroughly dry, they were packaged in large tins and placed in the pantry for future use.

That was the method of yesteryear.  NOT today. The University of Illinois publication, Homemade Egg Noodles, provides a recipe for making noodles and how to store them properly.  Here are some highlights from that publication that pertain specifically to homemade noodle food safety:

  • Noodles are pasta but different from other pasta because noodles contain eggs or egg yolks while other pasta does not. The FDA stipulates that a “noodle” must contain 5.5% of the total solids as egg solids which makes the raw egg ingredient a food safety concern.
  • Homemade noodles should be used right away or refrigerated for up to three days.
  • Fresh noodles may be dried.  At room temperature, they should only be allowed to hang for drying no more than two hours to prevent possible salmonella growth.  A food dehydrator may also be used to dry noodles; recommendations for drying in a food dehydrator are to dry for two to four hours at 135F.  Once noodles are dried (snap easily), they should be packed in an airtight container or plastic bag and stored in the freezer for 3-6 months for best quality or at room temperature for one month.
  • A helpful tip if freezing the noodles is to scatter them on baking sheets after 2 hours of drying time and place them in the freezer for a couple of hours before packaging.  With the extra step, the noodles are easier to use as they usually don’t stick together.

Here are a couple of other food safety issues to consider when making homemade noodles:

  • As with any dough that contains raw eggs and flour, the dough should never be tasted.
  • Avoid contamination by having a clean working surface, clean hands, and clean equipment.  A cutting board that has been used for raw meat or poultry should not be used for noodle rolling and cutting.
  • Just like other foods that are left at room temperature for longer than two hours, cooking or reheating noodles may not make them safe to eat.  When food items are left out too long or not handled properly, some bacteria can form a heat-resistant toxin that cooking simply can’t destroy.

Homemade noodles are easy to make and are a delightful addition to soups and casseroles.  One only needs to practice a few food safety tips to avoid any potential risks.

Reviewed and updated 5/2024, mg.

Marlene Geiger

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Home Economics Education and Extension and from Colorado State University with a MS in Textiles and Clothing. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, quilting, cooking, sewing, and sharing knowledge and experience with others.

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55 thoughts on “Making Homemade Noodles Safely

  1. Talking about my own homemade egg noodles….I understand the drying processes and you encouraging freezing them to preserve them. My question that I didn’t see on this page is….can I make my homemade noodles, dry them and then put them in a canning jar with beef or chicken broth and process in my pressure canner? Or even just adding water or bullion to the jar and the homemade noodles?
    Another note, homemade spaghetti noodles, can they be dried and placed in a mason jar with homemade spaghetti sauce and canned?
    Can homemade egg noodles be freeze dried and be “shelf stable” after that process?
    Thank you!

  2. Hi Kathy,
    Noodles, homemade or commercial, should not be added to canned products. The starch interferes with heat transfer to the center of the jar. Instead can a product such as spaghetti sauce or chicken broth and add the pasta or noodles when you are ready to serve the food. The same is true for rice or other pasta. I am not able to comment on the safety of freeze drying noodles and the shelf stability thereafter. Studies are still being done on home freeze drying shelf stability of various ingredients.

  3. The University of Illinois publication refers to noodles, a type of pasta, made with eggs.

  4. Homemade noodles should be handled and stored with food safety in mind. It’s crucial to refrigerate fresh noodles for up to three days or freeze them for longer storage. Drying noodles should be limited to two hours at room temperature to prevent bacterial growth, and they can then be frozen for 3-6 months or stored at room temperature for one month. Ensuring cleanliness during preparation and avoiding cross-contamination are essential practices. Proper handling and storage ensure the enjoyment of homemade noodles without compromising safety. Telkom University

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