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better grains


slow-dried, super traditional pasta

 

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better grains


slow-dried, super traditional pasta

 

 

Better western grains

Lets get something straight... Noodles come from China, Pasta comes from Italy but the ingredients for both come from Western Canada. The Italians perfected pasta in a little town just south of Napoli called Gragnano. This town and the pasta produced there have been given protected status under European law. Indicazione Geografica Protetta (IGP). Gragnano pasta must adhere to some strict guidlines in order to qualify for the IGP status.

1. It must be extruded through a bronze die

2. It must be dried at low temperatures for 6 - 60 hours

3. It must be produced and packaged within the Gragnano area.

4. Local water from the Lattari mountains must be used.

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Alarmingly, it does not state where the grains should come from and that is because, whether it's the small, traditional pastifici in Gragnano or the largest producers in the world, many source grains from western Canada. This is a Cascadian story. We are blessed with an amazing terroir for growing various different grains from Hard Durum and the many different clones to Spelt, Einkorn, Emmer or Buckwheat. All produce excellent pasta! There are only two ingredients in good quality, super traditional, dried pasta... flour + water and we have an abundance of both right here in the Pacific Northwest.

 

 
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better water


slow-dried, super traditional pasta

better water


slow-dried, super traditional pasta

better access to quality water

Our access to pure, clean and abundant drinking water sets us apart from any other locations around the world that produce pasta. High alpine water flows through Seymour Lake and is filtered through our five stage reverse osmosis system and provides us water that has excellent alkalinity as CaCO3 (mg/L) for producing a high quality pasta. The water also has good trace elements of calcium, potassium and some notable phenols which create a healthy flavourful pasta. 

BC is a unique region in the world that generates the vast majority of its power by harnessing moving or falling water to produce electrical energy. BC Hydro is responsible for generating between 43,000 and 56,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year. We use this clean, renewable resource to power our production equipment. This is a unique environment for sustainable food manufacturing.

 

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better process


slow-dried, super traditional pasta

better process


slow-dried, super traditional pasta

Better bronze extruded, slow-dried Process

 

Up until 50 years ago most dried pasta in the market place was produced the old fashioned way. It was extruded through a bronze die and dried at low temperatures over a 24-48 hour period. Presently, major manufactures are using Teflon dies to extrude their pastas and they are drying their pasta in ultra high temperature ovens for 1-2 hours, saving money, time and labour.

The problem is that the excellent nutritional content of wheat is denatured by the ultra high temperatures of the drying process as the glutens are converted into a hard plastic state. Great for long-term storage or shelf life but terrible for nutritional content and digestibility. 

Mass manufactured pasta will produce a large, stiff and flavourless core when cooked al dente but does not offer the textural, creamy layers and flavour that a good, traditional pasta should have.

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INGRAIN PASTIFICIO INC.

126-1133 Mt Seymour Rd North Vancouver BC
604 988 8926

Open   11am - 9pm    Tues. - Sun.

Closed -  Mondays

 

our team at Ingrain

ARMS REACH BISTRO

107C-4390 Gallant Ave North Vancouver, BC
604 929 7442

Open Daily   11am - 10pm      

 

Deep Cove, BC