Tinkyada Pasta Tips

May 11th, 2009 by Jean Duane

Tinkyada Pasta

Tinkyada Pasta

Pasta is probably one of the foods most missed by those following a gluten free diet, but our days of missing good pasta are over! There are lots of gluten-free pastas on the market, and I haven’t tried them all, but one brand I particularly like is Tinkyada. The texture of this pasta is delightful. Tinkyada is made from brown rice and comes in lots of shapes — shells, spirals, macaroni, lasagna, spaghetti and more. Several of their selections are whole grain. And, you can rest assured that it is not cross-contaminated because their machines are dedicated to manufacturing only rice pasta.
I often serve it to my wheat-pasta-loving husband and he cannot tell the difference. I feature it in my Italian DVD in the Lasagna recipe and in the Carbonara recipe and in the Kids’ Meals DVD in the (GFCF) Macaroni and Cheese recipe, but there are a few things you need to know when working with it — it isn’t quite the same as pasta you may be familiar with. Here are the Alternative Cook’s Tinkyada Tips:
1. The package says to boil it for 14-16 minutes. I get the best results when I boil it for 12 minutes. I do not add salt or oil to the water, but I do stir it occasionally.
2. Taste it after 12 minutes to see if it is done to your taste.
3. After the pasta is done, strain the pasta in a metal strainer and spray it with spray-on olive oil and lightly salt it. Spraying it with oil is an important step, because if you don’t, it sticks together.
4. If you have left-over pasta, store it in an air-tight container. This pasta tends to get hard after a day, so to revive it, simply put it into boiling water for one minute, strain and serve.
5. If you use the pasta in a soup, such as a noodle-based soup, do not mix the pasta in the soup broth until you are ready to serve it. If you have leftover soup, store it separate from the pasta and add it when you are ready to eat. Otherwise, the pasta gets larger and larger in the soup pot!
Tinkyada pasta is available in mainstream and natural grocery stores as well as online. Thank you Tinkyada for making such a wonderful pasta! Here is a picture so you’ll know what to look for. Their packages are purple, green, pink and blue.
Have you found a GF pasta you love, or a good GFCF recipe using pasta? Please feel free to share your favorites. (c)Alternative Cook, LLC 2009. All Rights Reserved.

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