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Video:How to Buy a Pasta Maker

with Michelle Karam

Before heading to the store, it's a good idea to learn how to buy a pasta maker so that you know what to look for in a machine. Here, see helpful tips for how to buy a pasta maker.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Buy a Pasta Maker

Hi, I’m Chef Michelle Karam with Dishes By Michelle for About.com. I’m here today to talk to you about what to look for when buying a pasta machine.

Before You Buy a Pasta Maker

When you’re looking to buy a pasta maker, one of the first things you’re going to want to try to figure out is, do you want a manual or do you want an electric? One of the benefits of using an electric pasta machine is that it automatically will do the kneading for you, it will roll it out for you, it will even cut it for you. I happen to be a purist where I like to go for the good old-fashioned, manual, hand-crank pasta maker. The way a manual pasta machine works is you’re using the two plates that are coming together, and actually rolling it.

What to Look for When Buying a Pasta Maker

You have different settings that allow you to get the different desired thickness of your pasta that you’re looking for, and you can take your pasta on a manual one, anywhere from a lasagna size or thickness, all the way to an angel hair, thin pasta that you’re looking for. There are a million and one different types of attachments that you can put onto your manual pasta machine. There are ones that have, like this one in particular, which has fettuccine and spaghetti on here. There are ones that have a ravioli attachment, a linguini attachment, an angel hair attachment… it’s virtually endless all the different types of pastas that you can make. Most manual pasta makers also come with this clamp. And what happens with this is, you twist it so that it will be firm on your countertop, so that when you are utilizing it, it doesn’t slip and twist and turn on there. This attachment here is what’s called the C-Clamp. This is actually what is inserted into your pasta machine, and this is what will give you the manual turn, when you’re rolling out your dough, or when you’re going to be cutting your dough into the desired pasta.

Information About Pasta Makers

Most of the pasta makers that you will find will be from Italy. There are definitely many brands to choose from: Imperia, DeLonghi, there’s many, many different kinds that you can find. You can purchase a pasta machine for anywhere between $50 all the way up to $200; you can purchase an electric pasta machine anywhere from $200 all the way up to $1000. It definitely depends on what features you’re looking for. Nobody will disagree though, handmade pasta is definitely the way to go: it’s got great flavor, it absorbs the sauce, it tastes even lighter than a normal dry, hard-stick pasta that you’d get in a supermarket, and with a little bit of work it actually probably will be one of your favorite ways to serve pasta for your family and friends. Thanks so much for watching. To learn more, please visit us online at About.com.
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