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Old 10-30-2011, 11:42 AM   #1
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Making spaetzle without spaetzle maker?

Spaetzle maker is awesome, but is a terrible mono-tasker and difficult to find in eastern countries. I wonder if anyone has a method to make spaetzle using everyday kitchen gears? Thanks!

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Old 10-30-2011, 12:16 PM   #2
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I have heard, although never tried this method, that you can make spaetzle by dripping the dough off a fork into the water to boil. You can control the length of the noodles by using a knife to wipe the tine end at the proper length. Also, I've heard some people use a strainer and just wipe the bottome with a knife to control the lenght of the noodles.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:23 PM   #3
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Spaetzle maker is awesome, but is a terrible mono-tasker and difficult to find in eastern countries. I wonder if anyone has a method to make spaetzle using everyday kitchen gears? Thanks!
If you have a colander with fairly large holes in it, you could force the dough through the holes to make the Spaetzle.

Here's a good recipe:
Herb Spätzle with Speck and Peas


What the heck is "Speck?"
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:52 PM   #4
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I use a colander, too, and it works just fine.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:10 PM   #5
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The holes on my colander were too small so I made one out of a metal pie pan. It was fun using the electric drill for the holes.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:16 PM   #6
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I do the colander thing too. Works great.
The drilled pie pan sounds perfect.

You could also drop them off of a spoon. Might be a little bigger, but still good.
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:38 PM   #7
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The traditional spätzle maker is pictured in the link below. However many people do not use that method anymore. I prefer spätzle made using the traditional method. This can be accomplished using a cutting board like the one in the DC logo and a hamburger flipper / turner.
Spätzlesbrett mit Schaber (Rezept mit Fotos) | von den Koch-Banausen
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:55 PM   #8
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How about the large holes in a box grater?
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:25 PM   #9
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I don't have any fancy gear to make spaetzle. I handed my husband a sturdy pie tin, ask him to drill it with some 1/4" holes, viola, a spetzle maker. It just fits over the pot I use. I blob a big blob of the dough on, scrap it through with a Bondo spreader, lift off the pie tin and then lift out the cooked spaetzle with a skimmer. I can make a big supply of them pretty speedy.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:34 PM   #10
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thanks guys! I happen to have a metal pie pan too and I'm gonna drill it, lol
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