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KItchenaid pasta press - 1, Christina - 0. Can you help me even the score?

Christina D | Dec 30, 201407:46 AM

I was given a Kitchenaid pasta press for Christmas and decided to use it last night. I tried making spaghetti and it was an unmitigated disaster. I used my standard Marcella Hazan pasta recipe of 2 eggs to 1 cup flour. After kneading and resting, I put it into the press. The noodles came out beautifully, but there was no way to cut and transfer the noodles to a sheet pan without them touching each other (the disc is configured like a shower head, so once they're cut, the noodles in the front fall on those in the back). As soon as they touched, they were irreparably stuck together. I tried adding more flour to the dough, letting the stuck noodles dry for a while and re-press, and refrigerated the dough. Nothing worked. The only thing that helped was letting the extruded noodles hang for a bit to dry before cutting. The problem there is that the noodles are only as long as the distance between the machine and the counter (too short for proper spaghetti). I even tried moving the machine to the edge of the counter and letting the longer noodles dry. Unfortunately, the damn things broke under their own weight and ended up on the floor (stuck together, of course).

Has anyone had success with this machine or might the experienced pasta makers in the group have some suggestions? Defeat might be inevitable, but I'm not ready to concede just yet.

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