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Old 01-12-2020, 02:03 PM   #1
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Pasta dough kneading question

I have been making pasta off and on since the early 1970s, so I have a pretty good idea how to do it.

When I first made pasta, it was kneaded by hand and rolled out with a rolling pin. Eventually, I bought a pasta roller machine. I knead the dough by hand until it hangs together and then I knead it by rolling, folding, rolling repeatedly on the thickest setting. I do that until it feels right.

In the past week, I have twice heard of something I never heard of before - to knead the dough with a food processor before using the pasta roller. Is there any benefit to that? Sounds like an unnecessary complication and extra dish washing to me.

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Old 01-12-2020, 02:28 PM   #2
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This is how I would do it these days....


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Old 01-12-2020, 03:10 PM   #3
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I've made "Processor noodles" from at least 1984 when we included in our family reunion cook book. Let it rest, roll out with a machine. My arthritis thanks me.
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I've made "Processor noodles" from at least 1984 when we included in our family reunion cook book. Let it rest, roll out with a machine. My arthritis thanks me.
Does kneading it by cranking the roller bother your arthritis?
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I also make them in my food processor, adding a couple tsp of oil to a 3 egg batch. Don't remember where I learned that, but it helps the dough come together better, once it goes through the rollers.
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I mix the dough in the FP, then give it a few hand kneads, flatten it into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap, then let it rest for at least 30 minutes. I usually divide the dough into 3 or 4 pieces, then run it through the first setting 3 or 4 times to get a fairly good rectangle and also to knead the dough a little more until it feels "right."
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I also make them in my food processor, adding a couple tsp of oil to a 3 egg batch. Don't remember where I learned that, but it helps the dough come together better, once it goes through the rollers.
Do you add oil instead of water or in addition to water?
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Almost everything bothers my arthritis, somethings more than others. Any relief is appreciated. Home made noodles are worth it.
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:19 PM   #9
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Do you add oil instead of water or in addition to water?
The oil is just in a small amount, in addition to the eggs. I don't add water, unless making lo mein. Using all eggs didn't seem right for lo mein, so I use water in place of half of the eggs, for liquid - about 2-2 tb water, and one egg, to 1 c flour, plus 2 tsp oil.
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