This super quick video from The Good Chef, Bad Chef covers all the basics for how to store pasta. It covers dry, store bought pasta and fresh pasta - both store bought and homemade - and includes tips for freezing along with "use by" recommendations.
A typical package of pasta, (500 g or 16 oz) will feed 4 adults for dinner. However, there will be times when you don't need a full box or package for your recipe. Keep any leftover dry pasta (from the package or box) in an air tight container in a dry space (cabinet or pantry). It will keep several months.
For fresh pasta, the store-bought kind, place any extra in an airtight container and put in the fridge. Keep the fresh pasta away from fish, poultry or meats so it doesn't take on any of the tannins. Use within a few days for best flavor.
A few of my own tips:
Store bought fresh pasta can be frozen as well. No need to thaw it...just add to salted, boiling water and serve when al dente...just 2 to 3 minutes. Stir it carefully as it cooks to prevent it sticking. Fresh pasta cooks much faster than dry so watch the time!
Fresh pasta made from home made dough can be dried thoroughly and stored in an air tight container. Use within a week for best flavor. It can also be frozen. Use frozen pasta within 2 months.
To freeze fresh pasta, place the strands in small nests on a large sheet lined with parchment paper and flour lightly. Freeze overnight. Then place the nests in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer. Again, no need to thaw it...just add to salted, boiling water and serve when al dente. Stir it carefully as it cooks to prevent it sticking.
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