UMAMI MART MATSURI FESTIVAL
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I try not to buy many kitchen gadgets, especially since the mandolin was such a big mistake. Not only did I almost lose my finger, but there's not much use for it. I have a stand mixer that I use all the time, and the meat grinder attachment is awesome, especially in the summertime for homemade burgers.

I tried to make homemade pasta a couple of weeks ago, and completely failed. Since many fresh pasta recipe says, "You can either use rolling pin or pasta machine," I tried using a rolling pin. It didn't roll... Whatever I did was wrong, and the dough was more elastic than pizza dough, and didn't stretch at all. In the end, I cut it all up anyways, and dunked it in boiling water. It took 10 minutes to cook the damn thing, and was totally inedible. Failure.

So I contemplated whether I should buy a $150 stand mixer pasta attachment, or an old school pasta maker for $34.99.  After pondering this for a while, I decided to go with the pasta maker for obvious economical reasons. Unless you are an Italian mama who needs to make pasta every day of the week, there's no need to spend $150 for attachments, don't you think?

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Let me tell you. I LOVE IT! It is soooo much fun. I looked around a lot of sites for dough recipes, and ended up using one that came with the instruction of the machine. 2 1/2 cup of flour, 4 eggs, pinch of salt. That's it.

Just like how you see it on TV or magazines, you make a well with flour, drop eggs and salt, and mix and knead until the dough is shiny.  Luckily the dough was working fine this time, and it became very shiny.

After resting the dough for like an hour, here came the fun part.

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Cut the dough into 4th on floured surface, and thin it out so that it goes through the roller.

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Start with the widest (dial 7), roll it out, fold in half, roll it out, fold in half.  This activity is definitely kids friendly, or any idiots who can't cook will be able to enjoy.

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It's more like Playdough than cooking at this point. Slowly roll the dough with a tighter dial, and eventually, you will end up with this almost-see-through beauty.

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Then you can cut it.  You can easily cut this with a sharp knife, but I wanted to use the fettuccine cutter. This part was so satisfying too. How easily, and evenly, you can cut pasta with this was just awesome. And it comes out in a matter of seconds.

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I call this, ladies and gentleman, PASTA PORN!

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I could have thinned it out even more, but don't you think this is pretty good for a first timer?

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I had frozen tomato sauce, so made meatballs, and boiled the pasta for like 4 minutes. Pasta with meatballs. It was amazing how al dente the pasta was.

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Now here's where my creative (yet crazed) kitchen brain starts to tick. Using the pasta machine, what should I make other than pasta? Yes, I will definitely make spinach pasta and other noodles, but something even crazier. Something that needs to be stretched thin, that needs to be cut evenly, without using oil (pasta machine can NOT be washed with water since they are made out of cheap metal, and any contact with water will definitely rust badly). If you can think of something out of ordinary, please let me know. I haven't been able to come up with anything interesting so far.
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3 comments

  • What are the ratios you used for the flour, eggs and salt?

    yoko on

  • Im a hygiene freak so It’s really hard for me just to clean it by wiping off the flour and esp egg :( cmmon how did you clean it then

    effy on

  • I have no memory. I’ve tried a couple of them available online, and they all turned out good.

    Moto on

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