KitchenAid Pasta Press And Pasta Roller
KitchenAid Pasta Gadgets - Pasta Press or Pasta Roller Attachment?
Like many other serious cooks, a few years ago, I gave in and bought a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer when I couldn't resist the price at Costco. Now my dilemma is this - do I prefer my old KitchenAid Pasta Roller attachment or would I rather have the KitchenAid Pasta Press attachment I just discovered?(Also known as the Pasta Extruder)
How does each shape up and what is the ease of use with each attachment?
I have been going over the pros and cons for a couple of weeks now since I saw the new Pasta Press attachment advertised at Williams and Sonoma and decided to do some research to try to make my decision before purchasing yet another kitchen gadget!
Thoughts on KitchenAid Pasta Attachments
I can truly speak from experience because I have used the KitchenAid Pasta Roller many times and have made a variety of pasta doughs with it. It's a great little machine. You attach it to the front of the KitchenAid stand mixer and after making the dough, you set it on different settings or add different attachments and make anything from lasagna noodles to spaghetti noodles. I have made various kinds of doughs such as semolina pasta or spinach noodles. There are many delicious recipes for pasta dough that come with the attachments or you can find countless more on the Internet.
You can also buy the Pasta Excellence Kit which is a wee bit pricey but....not only do you get the benefit of making your own pasta dough...now you can use the cutters to cut any size dough you like. You can also use the Ravioli Maker to make what else? Ravioli!
The Pasta Press definitely caught my eye on Williams and Sonoma. On looking at the video, for the Pasta Press, I couldn't believe the convenience of making the dough and simply feeding it in by little pieces through the tube. Once you've selected what kind of pasta you want with the appropriate plate, the noodles come out already formed to the right thickness and for that particular noodle. You easily cut to them size with the attached cutter handle.
Again, the Pasta Roller is a great attachment to have for the KitchenAid mixer. It is more labor intensive but then you can make such things as tortillas, lasagna noodles, thin crust pizza dough and perogies.
Then there is of course the Pasta Cutter
attachment. Once you have made your dough and rolled it to the desired
thickness with the Pasta Roller, you can cut the dough into angel hair
pasta or fettucini - or anything in between. This is sold separately or
comes as part of the Pasta Excellence Kit!
Coming back to the KitchenAid Pasta Press, this attachment will make 6 different kinds/sizes of pasta noodles already formed. While I would still need my Pasta Roller for making lasagna, I think I would enjoy making pasta noodles quickly with the Pasta Press. The 6 kinds of pasta noodles you can make are:
- Small macaroni
- Large macaroni
First you select your pasta type and then insert the appropriate plate inside the attachment. The attachment comes with 6 plates for the above 6 types of pasta. The plates are stored in a case on top of the pasta attachment. This attachment also comes with a wrench/pusher for the tube, a cleaning brush and complete instructions with recipes for pasta.
Of course, don't forget that you will need pasta drying racks as well! They come in many different varieties and sizes and work really well for the finished product.
Now where was I? Oh yes, comparing the KitchenAid pasta attachments and trying to decide if I should purchase another!
Summing Up KitchenAid Pasta Attachments
You know - after viewing the videos and reading all about all of these attachments, I am in a bit of a pickle! I think I need all of them and that was not what I started out to accomplish here!
However, I did learn more about the Pasta Roller attachment for my KitchenAid mixer which I already have. I also learned about some new things I can make with it such as homemade tortillas!
I also learned that there is a Pasta Excellence Kit that somehow I did not know about (my Pasta Roller was a gift).
I did not know there was a Ravioli Maker! You can of course use the Pasta Roller attachment to make long sheets for ravioli dough and then assemble them on cookie sheets easy enough. I have made ravioli all the away from scratch without a dough roller and it was fabulous homemade!
I also learned that the Pasta Cutter can be used to cut the pasta dough from fettucini size to angel hair size in minutes rather than cutting it by hand! And you can buy it separately without the Ravioli Maker.
And last but not least, I learned more about the Pasta Press that will make 6 different kinds of pasta in perfect shapes such as macaroni, fusilli, and rigatoni. Now if only they had an attachment for farfalle or bow-tie pasta! Hmmm....maybe they will come up with one of these in the future....or I should write and suggest it!
I imagine you can see where I'm going with this. I may not be able to make a choice now and may end up with ALL the pasta attachments. Actually, it would not be a bad investment since I already have the mixer, eh? And I do make pasta regularly such as lasagna, macaroni, fusilli, angel hair and fettucini - so I would have plenty of uses for all my KitchenAid pasta attachments!
I only need more storage space to house all of my attachments!
Whichever KitchenAid attachment you buy though, I have found them to be totally durable, easy to clean and use, and have never had one problem with any of mine.
It is a wonderful invention to have a great mixer and then be able to use it for so many other things, such as kneading bread, making pasta, grinding meat, etc.
In a world of gadgets, I'm thinking KitchenAid kitchen gadgets rock!
Pasta Press or Extruder Making Rigatoni
Making Fettucini with KitchenAid
KitchenAid Ravioli Maker Demo
KitchenAid Dough Roller
KitchenAid Pasta Rollers
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