makers work by pushing dough under moderate pressure between
the flat rollers of the machine. Once you have made your dough to
the right consistency, you feed the dough into your pasta maker,
again and again. Then, once you have a beautiful flat sheet of pasta,
you are ready to create shapes, such as in the photo at left.
generally have an adjustable regulating knob with at least half
a dozen settings so you can control the thickness of your pasta
and lasagna sheets. Turn the handle (on manual machines) or activate
the motor (on electric models) to start making your own pasta. The
best machines are easy to use, versatile, compact and attractive
additions to your kitchen.
makers can be manual or electric. Quality manual machines represent
excellent value and can be purchased for under $100, while electric
models can cost more than $1000. A wide range of fine machines are
available for easy purchase at Pasta-Makers.com
instruction book (and recipe book) can give you more detailed advice,
but in principle, here is a brief summary of how to use a pasta
is where your culinary skill comes in your dough needs to
be of just the right consistency for the best results and
ease of creation. It needs to be just right, not too dry and not
too moist. So experience and practice come to the fore when kneading
and making up your pasta dough. Your recipe book will have details,
but the principle is to blend and knead your mixture of durum wheat
flour and eggs until it has just the right consistency. If it is
too moist, add a little more flour. Too dry, just add a little water.
You'll soon be an expert!
dough needs to have just the right consistency and firmness. It
needs to be dry enough so the cutting rollers are effective, and
it needs to be moist enough so the cutting rollers can "grab"
it properly. But with some trial and error, you'll soon master this
skill. And your family and guests will be so impressed!
a nutshell, divide your dough into small, palm sized amounts. Shape
into a rectangular shape, thinner than your finger. Set your pasta
machine rollers at the widest setting, and feed the dough through
a few times, turning the handle. Re-fold the sheet of dough as required.
Steadily narrow the rollers and feed the dough through once at each
you have a beautiful, thin sheet of fresh pasta, like in the photo
at far left. Optionally, you can use an attachment to make ravioli
etc, or consult your recipe book for many more creative options.
note pasta making is a great family activity because it's
always great to have an extra pair of hands on deck when it comes
to turning the handle and feeding out the pasta, and good fun when
you work on your creative shapes and recipes afterwards.
rolled pasta is much lighter than the extruded pasta you buy in
stores. This means it absorbs the flavor of sauces better and fresh
pasta cooks much much faster as well. Then, you can look forward
to superior flavor, texture and taste!
best pasta makers are constructed of solid tempered or stainless
steel, and the best machines make a welcome and stylish addition
to your kitchen. They typically come with accessories like a clamp
to attach your machine to your kitchen bench top, cutters to help
create various pasta shapes (like spaghetti and fettuccine), a recipe
book and of course an instruction book. The best machines have a
removable cutting head so you can easily clean your pasta maker.
accessories, for example pasta drying racks and electric dough mixers
can be purchased separately. There are optional attachments available
for some models, for example, one that fills and crimps two sheets
of pasta to make ravioli. There are also pasta making sets on the
market which include various useful accessories.
enjoy your delicious home-made pasta meal you've earned