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Old 09-05-2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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What type of pasta maker should I buy?

I would love to try making fresh pasta, I have made all kinds of bread and gnochi, and I think it would be interesting to experiment with it. I am not sure if I should get the attachments for my kitchenaid mixer, or a different appliance or what? Also, can anyone recommend some good pasta making books? Thanks

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Old 09-05-2006, 03:49 PM   #2
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If you have the KitchenAid already I would go with that model (might be able to get one cheap on ebay!). It would take up less space in the kitchen. If possible I would try someone else's pasta maker first. I have heard people say that they got a pasta maker, used it once and never again.
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Old 09-05-2006, 04:33 PM   #3
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Get the roller attachments for your KA. They are very good.
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Old 09-05-2006, 05:29 PM   #4
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I have a VillaWare, (or something like that). I could get a motor for it, but I like cranking the pasta out. There are many attatchments you can get for the original piece, as well.

It's pasta making season, (September through April)...so go for it!
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Old 09-05-2006, 05:42 PM   #5
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If you are just experimenting, you can make it by hand. It is fun. Use a rolling pin to roll it out.
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Old 09-05-2006, 05:43 PM   #6
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Not to put too fine a point on it Carolelaine, but how about a tall, handsome Italian? That'd do wouldn't it?
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Old 09-05-2006, 05:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. on the pasta makers. Are the rollers as hard to clean as I have heard ? The tall, dark Italian or for that matter several tall, dark Italians would be great, and really great if some of them make pasta.
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:23 PM   #8
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The rollers are very easy to clean. All you do is use the accompanying brush and clean them out. If any remains, after about an hour, use a toothpick to remove it. They're really easy to use and give you outstanding results.
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:26 AM   #9
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I have a hand crank Imperia. My Italian cooking maven recommended that brand, and I have to say I used to have an Atlas, and tI like this better. I don't use it all that often, but it is fun for an informal get together with friends who like to cook... Make up a pitcher of cocktails, or open a couple of bottles of wine, and have the dough already ready to roll out and cut, and you can have a fun and inexpensive evening, and a good dinner, too!
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:28 AM   #10
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Well, from someone with a KA .... buy an Imperia/VillaWare with the motor. It will cost you about the same or less than the KA Pasta Roller Set- and you can get more pasta cutters for it.
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