Pasta Maker

A pasta maker or a pasta machine is an appliance that can create pastas of various shapes and sizes. These machines can have a single type of attachment to make only one type of pasta or they may have various attachments that can make pastas of various forms. These attachments, known as dies, are for preparing long pastas of varying thicknesses. The pasta styles that can be made include macaroni, fusilli, tortiglioni, penne, rigati and others.

The mechanism of a pasta maker is quite simple. It has a box-like structure with an area where dough is introduced. The dough passes through a funnel-type aperture in the lid so that it falls right into this particular area. A crank is provided with a threaded screw provided on the other side of it. As the crank is rotated (it has to be rotated in only one direction), the screw moves and its threads will push the dough toward the dies. As the dough moves out of them, it gets extruded into various shapes. A container is placed below the dies in order to receive the pastas as they come out of the pasta maker. There is a slicing blade mechanism that cuts the pasta when the desired length is obtained. This feature allows the preparation of any length of pasta.

A clamp is usually provided in order to fix the pasta maker to the countertop. This clamp has one end that fits into a groove in the pasta maker machine and another end that can be tightly fixed in place by rotating a screw-type arrangement. The clamp becomes useful because pasta makers might move when being operated, thus making the process difficult.

The crank which is used to rotate the screw inside the pasta maker is also important. This crank is made long so that the user does not need to put in more effort in rotating it. It is made of some hard metal such as steel or stainless steel. Stainless steel is preferred because it does not get corroded with moisture. The crank has a plastic handle which allows for painless gripping as it is being rotated.

Though the manual pasta maker is the most popular one, its electric version is becoming quite popular nowadays. The electric pasta maker follows the same mechanism; the only difference is that the screw is rotated with the help of an electrically powered motor instead of a manually operated crank. Again, this motor may be powered by the house electricity supply or may be battery-operated. The electrical machines are costlier, but they carry the advantage of more efficient pasta making and do not involve problems such as aches in arms and back due to working for a long time with the machine. Electrical pasta makers consume electricity and that is the reason why they are not quite cost-efficient, apart from their higher price. However, they can reduce the required time for making pasta.

A lot is said about how the pasta making experience depends more on the kind of dough that is made instead of the efficiency of the machine itself. There are various manuals available on the Internet on making the dough of the right consistency, which should not be much sticky and at the same time must not be too thick. Every pasta maker comes with its own manual too, which explains how the dough must be correctly made.

Pasta makers are quite common in most houses because of their low cost and because of the fact that pasta is a very common food. Having a pasta maker at home seems to be cost-effective to most people. Also, the fact that these appliances do not take up a lot of space on the countertop makes more people think about using them.

This Pasta Maker Review is Written/Updated on Jul 10th, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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