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KitchenAid Pasta Maker - A Must-Have Add-On

February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 175

Having recently returned from a stay in Germany I was anxious to show off my newfound talents in baking fresh pretzels to my sister over the holidays. She surprised me by pulling out her KitchenAid to make the dough. That sure made my life easier. Then she turned the table on me by demonstrating her talents with an attachment, the KitchenAid pasta maker.

My life will never be the same. If you've never had fresh pasta, is fair to say you've never had real pasta. The dried stuff that you get in the store has a shelf life that outlasts most marriages. There simply is not a comparison.

And it is not even a contest in preparing fresh pasta with the kitchen aid pasta maker in preparation time as compared to a rolling pin and a knife. The attachment is made in Italy and reflects the Italians love for pasta. The attachment comes with a pasta roller as well is a fettuccine cutter and a linguine cutter.

If you'll pardon the pun, using the KitchenAid pasta maker was easier than making pie. After using her dough hook to knead the flour it was a simple matter of adding the attachment. She asked what sort of pasta I wanted. I replied with: "I want you to show me how I can't do something with a rolling pin and a knife. Why don't you whip out some angel hair pasta?" I was grinning as I thought I was throwing out quite a challenge. It's a good thing I didn't bet on it.

With a little smile, she just said, "sure!" And then added, "I know you don't like bland pasta. How about I make it with whole wheat flour?" With a quizzical look on my face I simply replied: "If you can do that, that would be great." I had no earthly idea how easy this would be for her.

She demonstrated to me how easy it was to attach her KitchenAid pasta maker as I watched with more than a little jealousy. As she was doing so she explained to me how disappointed she had been with other mixers as they didn't have the weight to stay in place while kneading flour. And beyond that how the motors were substandard to a task as arduous as taking on several pounds of flour and water.

In all honesty my jealousy was getting the better of me. Being the sneaky brother I am, I attempted to distract her by asking her what motivated her to get the attachment. She proceeded to tell me that while all her kids love pasta, she had a concern about proper nutrition. And that it was well worth her peace of mind to be able to make things like whole wheat or spinach pastas that would be nutritious and tasty to her children.

If you've never worked with fresh bread dough, let me tell you clean up afterwards can be a bit of a chore. It was quite surprising to see how little effort there was in cleaning up her KitchenAid pasta maker. I also asked her about some of her other recipes. She was just beginning to experiment with egg free recipes. I can't believe how much my sister learned my absence.

Lindy Bartlett has experience in many areas and just created some new sites. She shows the importance of having a good Kitchen Mixer to create gourmet recipes. Also she mentions how you can create delicious fresh pasta in no time with the KitchenAid Pasta Maker

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