Most people eat factory made pasta. While this will do for most people, you can create your own carefully blended pasta using an electric pasta maker. Creating your own pasta will allow you to mix in your own herbs, blend of spices, and make pasta that cooks at different rates for different types of recipes. There are manual pasta makers and electric pasta makers. Today, the electric pasta maker is the preferred type of pasta maker, because of its ability to safely and effortlessly create pasta. Here are the steps to assembling your own electric pasta maker.
- Lock the bowl into place. Most electric pasta makers have slide resistant stands that will allow the machine's moving parts to rotate without overturning the pasta maker. However, there are still some models that can be clamped onto the kitchen countertop. Clamp or secure the pasta into place. Once this is done, you need to fit the mixing bowl into the compartment. The mixing bowl will fit in perfectly, as long as the mixer blades are not yet installed. Rotate the mixing bowl until you hear a click sound that will indicate that the bowl has already locked into place.
- Secure the mixer. After this, you need to place the mixer. The mixer has grooved ends that will attach to the sockets in the pasta maker's rotating head. The mixer serves the dual purpose of kneading the pasta dough, and pushing it into the channel which leads to the pasta die. Some electric pasta makers come with only one type of mixer, while others have various attachments for creating various types of pasta noodles. If this is the case, you may need to replace the mixer, depending on the recipe that you are cooking.
- Place the die. Take the pasta die and attach it to the adaptor or the dough channel. The machine will push the dough out of the device through the pasta die. The pasta die comes in various shapes and sizes. Some will create the usual spaghetti pasta strands, while others have more complex designs that will allow you to create curling pasta, and flat pasta pieces for various dishes.
- Prepare the plate. Finally, place the plate in front of the die. Most electric pasta makers come with their own plates that will receive the pasta strands that are ejected from the die adaptors. Ideally, the die should be positioned in such a way that will direct the finished pasta products onto the center of the plate. You can adjust the die and the plate as necessary. Once the plate has been put in place, you only need to place all of the pasta ingredients into mixing bowl and power on the electric pasta maker. Make sure to dry out your pasta before use, unless working with dishes that require freshly made pasta. To make pasta making easier, you can stock up on pasta noodles, so that you will only need to cook once in a while.
With these steps, you can go and enjoy your homemade pasta easily with an electric pasta maker.