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Which Kitchenaid pasta maker?

I unexpectedly sold a couple of my old sewing machines this weekend, and now have some extra pennies to spend. I've been wanting (with a wantingness!) a pasta maker attachment for my Kitchenaid for awhile now, but now that I can buy one, I'm stuck-which one?

I've decided on a cutter (over the extruder), but the big set comes with spaghetti, fettucini, egg noodles, angel hair pasta, and ravioli, plus the roller for lasagna. All of which we eat, but how many of those do I really need?

So, some questions. Which attachment(s) do you have? Do you like it? Do you use it enough to make it worth the money?

ETA: I went ahead and splurged and bought the super set. Thanks to all for your input!

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puppy_ciao
Nov. 10th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
I chose a hand-crank roller/cutter over the kitchenaid one, but yes they are awesome :) you really only need the roller (that works fine for lasagna sheets), a thick cutter and thin cutter. I found a ravioli maker to be kind of pointless because you can easily make them without one. Hope that helps!
firehorse
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Just curiously, why the hand crank over the KitchenAid version?
puppy_ciao
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Mostly price- I just didn't think the convenience of having the rollers turn automatically justified the cost. :)
firehorse
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
That makes sense!
grendel1097
Nov. 10th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I can only offer this: Many, many years ago while still living at home, my mother would draft me into helping her with the production (and it was a production ;) ) of her empanadas. I would've *loved* to have had the sheet roller then. The hand crank was a pain to install and was easily bumped out of place. Plus the extra foot of clearance with the stand would've been very welcome. Spending a few hours cranking, fighting with the C-clamp, and eventually kicking out the sheets of pastry was still worth all the efforts , though. ( 200+ four inch meaty filled soul stealers.. )

As to whether you'll find value with them, only you can decide. It's not that hard to mix up a batch of dough to roll and cut. I've heard the home made pastas come out lighter and more delicate than the store bought. I can see making lasagnas with them being more enjoyable, not having to fight with the store bought planks that are rarely the right size on either end of the spectrum.

Edited at 2012-11-10 05:08 pm (UTC)
firehorse
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I think your version of empanadas are different than what I know as empanadas. But boy, do I know your pain-my grandma's old c-clamp, hand-cranked meat grinder was the same way. Come time to grind cranberries for Christmas salad, us kids were *always* hard to find! Nobody wanted to tangle with that thing...including the adults, which is why they were looking for us kids. :)
i_beckygardens
Nov. 10th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
I have the hand crank with a lot of the cutters you mentioned. I mostly use the lasagna and the fettuccine. I do have the kitchenaid roller only, because it's so nice to have both hands free for the initial rolling out of the pasta then move it over to my hand cranked cutters. I have heard bad things about extrusion machines in general, but never used one so I don't know.
firehorse
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
I had a counter top extrusion machine years ago, and it was a PITA straight out of the box. I think, in all my attempts, I got one halfway decent batch out of it.

I asked puppy-ciao and I'll ask you too-why choose the hand crank cutter over the KitchenAid?
i_beckygardens
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I believe, though I may be wrong, that the kitchen aid crank type pasta roller is newer, and I had my hand crank years before I realized there was a KA model, and by that time I had about 10 cutter varieties for my hand crank already, so it was a matter of choosing one over the other, it's a matter of do I want to stop using my perfectly good hand cranking cutters and put another large investment into the KA cutters, or stay with what I know works and save the money for something else.

Also, I bought all three of my hand cranked machines at thrift stores for next to nothing. The reason I have had three (two were re-donated) is because they were each packages with different cutters, and I could get the machine with the cutters, re-donate the actual machine, and still come out ahead vs buying the cutters new.

I do have an extrusion machine http://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Manual-Pasta-Extruder-Regina/dp/B00123REBM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352647681&sr=8-1&keywords=regina+extrusion
Also picked up for 4.95 at a thrift store, but I like it because it does the macaroni and such, but it is much more of a pain than my past roller machine.

sorry for the long reply:)
missingvolume
Nov. 10th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Skip the ravioli one. We have it and the first row and the last row never really fill right or your sheets are too short. But we like everything else.
firehorse
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
I got the big set that has the ravioli thing in it, but that's the one least likely to be used, but thanks for the warning!
evil_mom
Nov. 11th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I have the plain roller (one huge flat noodle), and the fettucine cutter. I sort of wish I had the spaghetti cutter too, but I can't find it on its own. I'm pretty happy with what I've got.
firehorse
Nov. 11th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I've seen sets of two, but not the singles. Which is kind of odd, if you think about it.
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