Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tips For Choosing a Kitchen Pasta Maker - Manual Or Electric?

For many homemade pasta makers,   the choice boils down to a manual or electric machine. Although it can get a little more complex than just being about whether you want to make pasta in half the time or not. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of both types so that you can decide which one is best for you. Are you ready? Let's get started. 

The Manual Kitchen Pasta Maker

This small kitchen appliance generally will require you to adopt a crank-style of making pasta. You will have to churn and flatten the dough. To do this, you set your machine to make the kind of pasta you want. Mix the dough, then run feed it to the machine while cranking it to push the dough forward until it comes out on the other end.

You remember dough/clay toys as a young girl? This is very similar to what a manual machine is like except you rotate instead of press in the dough. 

The advantage of using this kind of machine is authenticity. You may not get uniform-looking pasta, but then, this is the charm of this pasta maker. Many genuine lovers of pasta prefer this paste maker, calling it the "real deal" and making the enjoyment of the pasta meal all the more fulfilling.

There are limitations with this kind of pasta maker in that it does not have a wide variety of pasta shapes and styles.

The Electric Kitchen Pasta Maker

What makes the electric machine so popular is the fact that all you need to do is pour in the ingredients, and the pasta maker mixes the dough for you. Once the dough is ready, the pasta machine will churn it out. You literally can leave it to work on its own while you make your pasta sauce.

You have a wider variety of pasta shapes and designs to choose from, and generally, this kind of machine is easier to clean and maintain. In exchange, you will be using electricity, although not too much that it makes a dent on your power bill.

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