Nothing beats the freshness and delicious taste of homemade pasta. But do you know that homemade pasta doesn’t only taste good, it’s much healthier than pasta served in restaurants and ready-made pasta sold in supermarkets. The pasta from grocery stores doesn’t taste as good because lots of preservatives are used to increase its shelf life. And restaurants used the lot of sauces, salt and other ingredients in their pasta dishes that might be unhealthy for people who want eat healthy and lose weight.
If you are thinking of making pasta at home for your family, then you need to a pasta maker. A pasta machine is an appliance that slices the pasta dough into various shapes and sizes when it’s passed through the rollers in the machine.
If you want to buy the best pasta maker for your kitchen, that is simple to use, clean and maintain, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, then you will better off with a manual pasta maker. In a manual pasta maker, there is a hand-crank that had to be used by hand to roll the pasta dough through the rollers. If you think that’s too much to do, then you can always buy an electric pasta machine. Here instead of a hand crank on the side, electric motors do the job of rolling the pasta dough through the rollers. However, electric pasta machines are expensive than manual ones. However, they come with a lot of functions and cutting discs to make various types of pasta like macaroni, spaghetti, thin spaghetti, macaroni, ravioli, fettuccini, etc.
Electric pasta machines are ideal for restaurants where you have served pasta for a lot of people, but if for your home kitchen, you will better off with a manual pasta maker. Besides, you won’t use it daily and only cook for 3-4 people. Besides, they are easy to use and clean. But before you buy one make sure you manual pasta maker has at least two cutting discs and the option to upgrade to include other cutting discs and other accessories like a bowl to store the pasta. Always buy an Italian-made pasta maker, even though they cost than other brands because they are durable and reliable. Purchase a pasta maker, whether a manual or electric, made of stainless steel as it doesn’t rust. Plus, choose a pasta maker that is heavy, doesn’t move around and can be clamped on your kitchen table. Avoid buying any pasta machine that is chrome-plated or made of plastic.
Now, you will probably ask, how much it do I have to spend on a pasta maker? The price of pasta makers depends on the country of origin, features, and accessories. As I said earlier, Italian pasta machines are on the expensive side. If you buy a pasta maker with more options, accessories, and upgradeable features, prepare to pay more. Usually, manual pasta makers start from $25 to $150, while the electric ones start from $200.
Before you purchase a pasta maker, you liked in the store, search for it online for better deals or discounts. Also find more about it on the internet and read reviews on websites and magazines. Only buy a pasta maker that that positive reviews and comments from users.
So, there you have how you can choose the best pasta machine to have a good experience making pasta in the comfort of your kitchen.