Do I need to boil Umi Organic ramen noodles in water? Or can I put them directly in broth?
You do need to boil them in water! Our noodles are raw and fresh, so you must cook them before you eat them. You don't want to put them directly into broth because the starch used to coat them will muddy your broth, and unless you broth is at a rapid boil, you are unlikely to cook the noodles properly.
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 4 quarts per 12-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 or around 1/3 of an Umi Organic fresh ramen package at the grocery.
How many people does one 12-ounce package of Umi Organic noodles feed?
3 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 four 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.
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, you can. We freeze them immediately after production and deliver them frozen. However, because they are raw and never cooked, extensive testing shows us that you can refreeze them with little effect on the texture.
Can I put frozen Umi Organic noodles directly into boiling water?
We do not recommend it. If for some reason the noodles you get at the store are still frozen, 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.