Do I need to boil Umi Organic ramen noodles in water?
Yes! Our noodles are raw and fresh. You must cook them before you eat them.
How much water do I need to boil?
The most common mistake people make is cooking the noodles in too little water. These are fresh, not dried, and they will expand and release starch into the water. For the best texture and quality, we recommend using 1-1/2 quarts (6 cups) water per serving of noodles, or 3 quarts per 10-ounce package. Make sure the water is at a very rapid boil before adding noodles, and stir well while the noodles cook.
What is a standard serving size?
3 to 5 ounces aka 1/3 to 1/2 an Umi Organic fresh ramen package at the grocery.
How many people does one 10-ounce package of Umi Organic noodles feed?
2 to 4 people, depending on your appetites and the other ingredients you add.
I am cooking for myself and only want to eat part of a pack. What do I do?
You have two very good options:
First, you can tease apart the noodles into two or three portions. Cook one portion and store the rest in a ziplock bag, tightly sealed, in your refrigerator. Try to cook those noodles within one week or store them in your freezer up to two months. Before you cook frozen noodles, always defrost them in your refrigerator. (See above!)
Second, you can cook the whole pack, set aside the portion you want to eat, and then chill the remaining noodles under cold running water in a strainer to stop them from cooking, shake out the water, and then toss them with oil to prevent them from sticking. Store these cooked, lightly oiled noodles in your refrigerator for up to one week. Reheat them in a wok or skillet, microwave, or very briefly in hot broth, or eat them in a cold salad.
My Umi Organic noodles came very tightly packed. Do I need to loosen them?
Umi noodles are densely vacuum sealed to preserve freshness. We recommend gently loosening and separating Umi noodles before cooking. We call it noodle fluffing. It helps ensure your noodles cook evenly.
Can I cook Umi Organic noodles in advance?
It depends on how you will serve them. For ramen or hot noodle bowls, we do not recommend cooking Umi noodles in advance. For pan-fried or cold noodle bowls, absolutely. After cooking, draining, and rinsing, add oil to prevent sticking. Separate into servings and refrigerate until service.
If there is a lapse between when you cook the noodles and when you serve them, toss the noodles in a small amount of oil to prevent sticking.
Can I freeze Umi Organic noodles?
Yes. We recommend freezing the noodles uncooked, as soon as you have brought them home. Be gentle with frozen uncooked noodles, which are brittle until they defrost. We recommend defrosting the noodles overnight in your refrigerator before you cook them.
Can I put frozen Umi Organic noodles directly into boiling water?
You can, but we do not recommend it. You will have better results if you either defrost the noodles in the refrigerator overnight or microwave them for 30 seconds, and then gently tease them apart and fluff them before cooking.
How are ramen noodles different from other fresh pasta?
Ramen noodles include an ingredient called kansui, or alkaline water. This mineralized water gives ramen noodles their springy resilience by transforming the proteins within wheat. It also creates the slippery mouthfeel that makes ramen great for slurping.
Why do Umi Organic ramen noodles contain barley?
Barley gives Umi noodles their nutty flavor and improved nutrition, and supports our local organic farmers who use barley as a crop rotation to build healthy soil.