Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Organic Pasta Review


On July 4, I posted Getting Started: Day One: and concluded that post with a sauce recipe that my family enjoys. I realized today when I made it, that I did not say anything about pasta brands. As I have mentioned before, I'm really new to this, so there are still many brands to explore. We are partial to Angel Hair and Penne, so that is where my search began.
I have found Angel Hair Pasta (thinner than traditional spaghetti pasta) in the DeBoles organic brand. The DeBoles Angel Hair is made with USDA Organic Jerusalem Artichoke Flour and Organic Durum Semolina. I had never heard of flour made from Artichokes, so I have to admit that I was hesitant to try it at first, but we all found it to be quite tasty. The package indicates that Jerusalem Artichoke Flour is their signature flour and they chose it for its subtle nutty flavor and less sticky texture than traditional pastas. Although we didn't notice the nutty flavor, the absence of stickiness, which is always an issue when cooking pasta, was a pleasant change from typical pasta. Interestingly, the box goes on to explain that "Jerusalem Artichokes naturally contain inulin, a pre-biotic that helps promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system." I have heard of pro-biotics many times, but never pre-biotics. Their description of it building beneficial bacteria makes me wonder if they are the same thing. Anyone out there know anything about this? I'd love to hear from you.

DaVinci Italian Organics was readily available and reasonably priced. Their website indicates that their products are Kosher, organic and Non-GMO, and they offer free recipes at http://www.davincipasta.com/. .I was already familiar with this brand and felt confident that it would be consistent with previous DaVinci pastas I had purchased. All went well with that selection, as well. I have tried one or two pastas that were less than acceptable, so I suggest you ask the store clerks what sells best when choosing something new. They often know what they have to restock the most, and that bit of information says a lot about a product. Fortunately pasta is not one of the more inexpensive organic foods, but it still pays to ask a few questions.

Thanks for reading my Tuesday Tip and hope to see you tomorrow on Woofing Wednesday. I'll be sharing another great green website, and of course, showing off another pup pix, just for the fun of it. Thursday's 10-Minute Green Tip Toe will be a U-Pick, including a bulleted list of options for saving money with just a few minutes' investment. It will be worth your while to stop by to read this one and pick up a few coupons. I've been enjoying the Organic Valley $1.00 off coupons, but they're due to expire 8/14/08, so get 'em while you can.
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