A pasta machine makes many varieties of pasta in the traditional Italian fashion by rolling pasta dough and cutting it. It saves pasta making and cooking time and enables ingredient control. Homemade pasta is fresher and can be tastier than dried pasta available in stores. Proper cleaning and maintenance of the machine extends machine life, benefits appliance efficiency and supplies uncontaminated pasta for good health. Regular cleanup helps prevent bending of the delicate scrapers due to accumulation of dough residue.
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Things you need
- Mineral oil
- Wooden skewers
- Small screwdriver
- Cleaning brush
- Pastry brush
- Cotton swab
- Parchment paper
- Paper napkin
Lift the cutting attachment and simultaneously slide it up its side tracks to separate it from the machine. Scrub the cutter surfaces clean with a cleaning brush. Remove any pasta strands with the wooden skewer. Oil the cutting roller edges with a few drops of mineral oil.
Scour off dough sticking to the roller surfaces with the cleaning brush. Free the intersection between the two rollers and the sidewalls of pasta dough using the wooden skewer. Insert a layer of parchment paper vertically in the roller/sidewall junction and eliminate films of stray dough by pulling the paper upward and downward with a sawing movement. Sweep off flour from the roller surface using a pastry brush. Scoop out leftover pasta strings from the rollers with a wooden skewer. Mop the entire roller surface clean with a paper napkin to complete the roller cleaning process.
Wipe the scraper exterior visible under the rollers with parchment paper to extricate dough particles glued on it. Stick a wooden skewer into the slit between the two scrapers to pick out dough and pasta pieces. Don't push the skewer deep inside as this could twist the scraper.
Remove the plastic safeguards of the pasta machine to access its interior parts. Clean with a paper napkin. Use a cotton swab to sanitise nooks and corners.
Disband the rollers and front plates for a more intensive cleaning of machine interiors in case you have a manual pasta maker. Unfasten the screw on the machine's right side with a small screwdriver and remove it. Two nuts will be exposed. Detach the nuts with a wrench. Tug the top right side to the right, while gripping the machine. This will loosen the rollers, the two scrapers, the upper front plate and rear plate. Separate them for cleaning. Such disassembly allows cleaning the scrapers right up to their ridge with a wooden skewer.
Wipe all surfaces, nuts and bolts with a soft, dry paper napkin. When finished, reassemble the parts by first aligning the rollers with the machine's right side, then fitting the scrapers and top front and rear plates, and finally screwing the nuts tight.
Tips and warnings
- Buy a pasta machine made of stainless steel rather than chrome steel for easier cleaning.
- Do not wash the pasta machine whether manual/electric, with water or in a dishwasher as this may cause it to rust.
- Inserting cloths and knives into the rollers for cleaning will scratch roller faces, causing unsightly textures on lasagne.
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