How can I reuse or recycle dried pasta?

Dried pastaWe’ve had an email from Catelin:

I misfired with a bag of pasta yesterday and it went all over the floor instead of into the pan! With our dogs, the ten second rule definitely does not apply so we can’t eat it now but I can’t bring myself to just throw it away either.

What can I do with it? Can I compost it?

It’s probably ok to go on the compost heap – because our compost heap is very close to our house, I’m overly cautious and I usually say don’t compost cooked pasta in an open heap or bin in case it (or rather stuff it’s been cooked with) attracts vermin, but not-cooked stuff should be fine.

Aside from that, you might be able to reuse it in a non-culinary situation. We’ve used dry pasta in place of poker chips (worked fine until John started eating his pieces) and of course kids can use it to make art – macaroni being the most common for that but other shapes like bows (farfalle), shells (conchiglie), and twists (fusilli) would work just as well. Kids could also use tubular pasta – like penne and tortiglioni – for threading practise (be warned: you might end up with a billion pasta necklaces…).

Any other suggestions?

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6 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle dried pasta?”

  1. Martin says:

    I suggest getting your pasta in a box instead of a plastic bag.

  2. Lisa says:

    put it in your bird feeder

  3. DJM23 says:

    You could just wash off anything its picked up off the floor then cook it – you’ll be boiling it for more than 5 minutes anyway, so whatever bacteria you are worried about picking up off your floor will be long dead by the time you put it on your table…

    That’s what my mum would have done, and that’s what I do, so far I’ve survived until 35 years of age and the only food poisoning I’ve suffered from was a creamy pasta dish from a local italian eaterie about 10 years ago…that I no longer frequent (alright, I’ve been back twice, but never ordered anything creamy).


  4. carol says:

    my chickens would have loved that pasta!!! I probley would have rinsed it off and boiled it a few more minutes.

  5. Nicole says:

    Could always give it to some kids to make art.

  6. nelly says:

    KIds always use them for frames, collages, necklaces, there is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much to do with hard pasta

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