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Cleaning a new pasta maker

November 29, 2012

In your excitement of purchasing your pasta maker, you hurried into the kitchen, opened the box, mixed some dough up and started rolling. As you begin rolling out your first sheet, fantasizing about shoveling it in your mouth straight from the steamy colander, you notice something don’t you? There seems to be a grimy, black gleam to your dough, right? Well, you’ve made your first mistake. Cry later. Let’s get down to bidness.

Pasta machines need to be cleaned, even when they’re coming straight from the box. But don’t wash them under running water. Or sitting water. Or dancing water. Put. the. scrubby brush. down. Water will make it rust. Here are a few tricks to get that spanking new pasta maker ready for rolling.

Make faux dough. Typically, you can get the excess grease/oil/general ickyness out of the maker by pushing dough through it. Just don’t eat that dough. No one likes dirty dough. No one likes people who serve them dirty dough.

Invest in a pastry brush. I’m a fan of OXO’s silicone brush. Don’t use that here. Get yourself one with actual bristles to brush out the flour and little dough pieces that might get caught inside. They’re cheap and you’ll use them for other things around the kitchen. If you’re not a total internet skank like me, and prefer to buy stuff in person, test them out. Push on the bristles; you want something that has a little resistance since you are trying to remove dried up dough, not add rouge to your face.

Fante’s was kind enough to have a pictorial for care and cleaning of your pasta maker. All of these tips can be used on the KitchenAid attachments as well. Be sure to remove it from the mixer before cleaning, in case it turns on. I don’t know how to clean out fingers and hair from the pasta maker, so you’d be on your own.

If you bought a used one, received a hand-me-down, or you’ve been neglectful of cleaning it, there is a deep clean method that involves taking it apart. Just be sure to keep track of where you put the parts and where everything goes. It always sucks when you end up with “extra” parts after re-assembly.

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