Homemade Pasta Questions
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I recently acquired a pasta roller/cutter from ebay. I haven't gotten it in the mail yet, but I am waiting. I have wanted one for a long time. I used to make pasta my hand, (rolling it with a rolling pin and cutting with a knife) but my kitchen is small with limited counter space.

I never really knew about the drying process. How long? Is it really necessary?

If someone has some experience with pasta making, I'd be grateful to hear your tips and suggestions.
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#12
  Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by luvnit (I recently acquired ...)
Well, I'll start Laura, but I don't make pasta as often as others around here I'm thinkin'.

Roy made me a nice drying rack that I've been using for the last 6 months or so, but before that I used to just toss them with some flour until I was ready to cook it up.

I try to make just the amount I want to cook at one time, but if I have some extra I have a basket that I keep the leftover pasta in covered with a dish towel and I don't really keep it for any length of time.

I'm with you - I'll be interested to hear what/how others work with their pastas.

Here's the drying rack he made - works great.

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  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by cjs (Well, I'll start Lau...)
I wonder if that would work for angel hair pasta. I bought the pasta maker attachment for my kitchen aid stand mixer and it's a pretty cool toy. I make angel hair for a chicken parmesan recipe I make for the wifey (her favorite) but it invariably seems that I end up with large clumps of cooked pasta instead of individual strands, so as of late I have been cheating and buying the "fresh" in the grocery store.

If I could figure this out better, I would enjoy making it!
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  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by jeffdubya (I wonder if that wou...)
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I wonder if that would work for angel hair pasta.




So, is THAT what that gizmo is for: combing angel hair?
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  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by labradors ([blockquote]Quote:[h...)
I'm with Jean, I haven't tried drying it yet. I usually just make what I'm going to use and freeze any unused dough for next time. I'd love to see what others have to say also because I want to make some up to have on hand. I'm wondering if it's better to dry it or continue doing what I've been doing.

I haven't tried angel hair yet Jeff, but my linguine cooks up perfect every time. HMMMM? I may have to test that out.
Daphne
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#16
  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by Gourmet_Mom (I'm with Jean, I hav...)
When we had the old extruder model I used to make lots of pasta at a time - macaroni I'd just dry on a floured cookie sheet until it was hard and then store. Long pasta, like spaghetti I'd form into "nests" dust them well with flour and let set on a cookie sheet under a towel until dry - then I'd bag and store them. Moisture is problematic - they have to be really really dry or they'll mold! That was all before I got my drying rack.

Now I just make what we'll eat and cook it.
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  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by Harborwitch (When we had the old ...)
So don't invest in a drying rack and stick with what I'm doing?
Daphne
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#18
  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by Gourmet_Mom (So don't invest in a...)
Drying rack is so much easier for long pasta. Extruded shapes like macaroni do better on a flat surface. Linguini etc does much better on a drying rack - no risk of mold!!
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  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by Harborwitch (Drying rack is so mu...)
"Extruded shapes like macaroni do better on a flat surface" - do 'better'????
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  Re: Re: Homemade Pasta Questions by cjs ("Extruded shapes lik...)
I had an extruder and didn't care for the pasta that it made. I don't remember the brand or anything. I received it as a gift and ended up returning it to the store. I am sure for macaroni and such you need an extruder, but I will just have to stick with noodles, manicotti and ravioli.
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Laura
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