The water from cooking pasta is enriched and can be used for cooking and even for plant and skin care.
Did you know that it is worth saving the water from cooking the pasta and continuing to use it? With these tips it will become your new favourite helper in the kitchen and at home!
This big pot of water always gets left behind when you cook pasta. Actually, too good to throw away, right? We tell you how you can re-use the water from cooking pasta and live more sustainably.
There are many valuable ingredients found in pasta water, because when you cook pasta, it releases some of the starch it contains into the cooking water. Whole wheat pasta also provides some valuable vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium and zinc, as well as fiber.
Since pasta water is starchy and salty, you can still use it for cooking. The starch it contains, binds liquids and makes sauces or soups a little thicker. This is how the dishes become thick and creamy. The pasta water also provides a link in the sauce and homemade pesto.
Have you already tried it? For the classic Italian Spaghetti Carbonara, 4–5 tablespoons of hot pasta water with pasta and bacon are added to the egg cream mixture. In the spaghetti with radish and zucchini sauce recipe, mix 100 ml of pasta water with the zucchini sauce.
When the pasta has finished cooking, you can also use the water to make the sauce. Just add small amounts to deglaze by reducing ingredients (e.g. onions, bacon, vegetables or tomato paste).
The starch in the pasta water works wonderfully as a binder and gives the sauce a creamy consistency. The salt gives it a decent flavour.
Beans, lentils and peas are best soaked overnight. This shortens the cooking time and makes the legumes easier to digest. During soaking, the skin becomes softer and hard-to-digest carbohydrates are largely broken down.
If you use the water from cooking the salted pasta to soak it instead of tap water, you will give the dish a pleasant aroma before cooking.
Surprisingly, the starch in pasta water also works well as a natural cleaning agent and can even remove the most stubborn dirt. Simply pour warm pasta water down the sink and use it to wash the dishes.
If you collect the strained water in a glass and put it in the fridge, a kind of jelly will form in it. This can be used undiluted for cleaning, just like normal cleaning agents or detergents.
The water from cooking pasta contains many minerals that are also good for plants. You have to leave out the salt when cooking. After cooking the pasta, simply pour the water into the watering can. But be careful before watering the flowers, first let the water cool down.
Once the noodles are cooked and dinner is over, it’s time to put your feet up, or better yet, jump into the water. A foot bath in pleasantly warm pasta water ensures relaxation and, with the help of the minerals it contains, soft and supple feet.
Pasta water works as a healing pack on the head, especially for damaged hair. Simply massage the water into your hair, leave it on for ten minutes, and then wash again. Then wash your hair as usual with shampoo.
Who would have thought that pasta cooking water can be your handy helper when preparing bread dough and pizza dough? The salt in the water already gives a bit of spice to the dough. And due to its strength, it binds magnificently. When preparing pizza dough, for example, you can simply replace the required amount of water 1:1 with pasta water.
The collected pasta water can also be used very well to cook other foods. You can boil eggs in it or steam vegetables with a colander – a vitamin friendly cooking method for carrots and zucchini.
Those who regularly water their flowers, herbs and vegetable bushes with pasta water can look forward to a healthy vegetation. The minerals it contains can have a positive effect on plant growth.
Starch, which is abundant in pasta water, is an effective remedy against dirt. Do the dishes you are using have grease stains or something burnt in the pan? No problem, the pasta water is now your natural soaking and dishwashing liquid. Let the dishes soak in the cold water for about 5-10 minutes, then rinse well with water and dry. If the stains are still visible, take some cold pasta water or liquid detergent and clean the item with a sponge or brush.
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