View Full Version : Does anyone still have their old pasta machines?
06-22-2006, 04:53 PM
:) I use to make my own pasta and when i started eating raw i either gave it away or put it away somewhere, it's been so long since i used it i forgot :p :p
But today i was at my favorite thrift store and saw one for a $1.00 and when i got home i thought what could i do with it, couldn't pass up the priceI thought maybe just maybe i could use it to run thinly sliced zucchini through but then i took so leaves off of my colllard and kale greens and ran them through and out came thinly shedded greens so easy to mix with other veggies and to spread on pizza, i was amazed and it's so easy to eat and fun.
So, don't throw your old pasta machine away, it makes a great addition to our raw kitchen.
06-22-2006, 05:30 PM
You just got me thinking. Why not make sheets of -- whatever -- crackers, tortillas, crepes, and dry them until about fruit-leather consistency. Then run them through the noodle cutter and use them for noodles!! I would imagine that they could get pretty soggy pretty fast, but if you put the sauce on JUST before serving, or at the table, you would have a great raw substitute for noodles.
Alternately, you could put them back in the dehydrator after cutting and continue drying until they are just like the dried noodles in the packages. Then you could make lasagne with the wide-cut noodles and they would soften up enough to simulate cooked. You could put thin-cut noodles into warm soup and they would soften enough to seem cooked. You could use sweet noodles to make a noodle kugel (pudding).
You could also do something at the dough stage if you have a really stiff dough. Grate it and dry the noodles. This would work really well with a very spicy, cheesy type of dough and would make a tremendous topper for salads, etc. If anyone knows how to get a smoke flavor into something, it would be just like bacon bits. Just rambling here....
Am I on to something here? Would it work? Now someone will likely send me links to several threads with just this idea. Oh well, I'm going to try it.
I did a search myself and found a couple of references. It seems that they were trying to figure out how to do noodles through an extrusion pasta maker, while my idea is for the noodle cutter. Interesting. Most people didnt show much interest in the idea at that time. They were more interested in totally getting off pasta. Well, okay, thats fine for veterans of this diet style. I am all for very simple and natural too, but there is a place for transition.
There is no doubt that doing it this way would add calories, however. That would need to be considered. Zucchini is pretty light.
Another idea just grew out of that one - why not make a nice cheesy-type sauce, then 'leather' it and put it through as finely grated cheese? It would add to the look of some dishes that usually have shredded cheese on top. So far in all the (really great, amazing) pictures that I have seen, the 'cheese' is a sauce just glopped on and spread around. Tasty, I am sure, but the look would improve, no?
06-22-2006, 05:46 PM
:p you shouldn't be so quite to throw out the old.
Food for thought, hmmmmmm.
06-22-2006, 08:03 PM
I have been thinking hard about how to use my old pasta maker, too. I actualy got it not too long ago (about december?) And I became raw in february... it was nice while it lasted, but now I don't want to eat that pasta at all. So there it sits. My dh and I have been trying to figure out how to use it again- so any ideas you have would be great!! If you get anything to work, post it!!
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