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    Default Pasta Machines

    I have been looking at Pasta Machines and reading
    reviews, comparing prices, etc.

    For those of you who use one and are happy with
    it, I would love to hear about yours. The brand,
    what attachments it comes with, if any, and what
    you like/don't like about it.

    Thanks!

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    I had a ronco pasta machine. Hated it. threw it away

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    I don't have one but looked at them just for kicks once. When I can buy 3 lbs of spaghetti for $2.59 or thereabouts it just dosen't make sense. As for other types pasta, I still don't see it "saving" any money and watched my mother do. What a pain in the butt.
    I guess if you are doing it for self satisfaction and have the time it would be ok. But normally I worked 6 days a week. Definitely not for me. Too time consuming.
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    Thank you, NikoSan...
    I didn't think of it as being time consuming, but I guess
    it would be when you can take spagetti out of a box
    and drop it in the pan.

    Actually what peaked my interest is that I want to
    make baklava, and I found a tuturiol on how to make
    your dough using a pasta machine rather than all of
    that rolling!

    Plus, in alot of reveiws I read, the taste of the fresh
    pasta machine pasta was highly touted compared to box pasta.

    I wouldn't buy one just to make baklava, but thought
    it would be great for noodles and other things too. I
    will never buy store bought noodles again after making
    them homemade.

    Time is certainly a factor to consider though!

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    I had a ronco and hated it also.

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    I have an old machine, they dont make anymore, I got it off craigs list. I love it. You can make anything you want, and I dont think it takes that long. This one is electic, not the hand crank one, maybe that makes a difference.

    I make quite a bit and freeze it for later. It does taste alot better than store bought and you can use whatever flour etc. you want. all this takes is flour, water and egg. I have never figured out how much it costs to make.

    I make lasagna and can make the noodles from the machine almost faster than I can boil the noodles from the box.

    Try finding one off craigs list or a thrift store, that way if you dont like it you are only out a couple dollars or you can resell it to get your money back.

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    I have the manual villaware (?) machine with extra rollers. The manual gives you control and safety with the dough. It is more expensive so I do it for the experience and the taste - so much better than boxed! So, when I'm serving children, it comes from a box, when I want to make it extra nice for dh and me....fresh pasta. Also, makes a very nice gift!

    Oh yeah, it does take time......I made the mistake of thinking I'd be dropping fresh pasta into the boiling water.....no, I make it ahead and freeze or put in the refrig.

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    The plastic motorized machines are a pain in the backside. They break easily too. I now have a manual one that I love (and is much more fun).

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    I have an electric Pasta extruder and a standard hand crank pasta machine for flat pasta's. Both are pretty handy, but....... Buying it from the box is so much easier. If you count any value of your time you go in the hole pretty quickly making it yourself. If you are going to get one that you want to use to make bakalava you should double check to make sure it will go as thin as you need. I have never seen one that will go to filo dough thickness. Good Luck with whichever you do, but I would just buy the filo from the freezer section at the grocery store and make up for the cost somewhere else.

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    I have the pasta roller attachment for my stand mixer, which I use all the time. Fast and low effort. I also have the pasta extruder which I used once.

    I buy macaroni & spaghetti in packages, but I will never ever buy flat noodles again. Homemade are so delicious, there is no comparison.

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    i have one in the give away box if you pm me your address.

    i found i could roll the dough faster than getting the machine out.

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    Joseph,

    This is the link to using the pasta machine to roll out baklava
    dough using a machine. Just scroll down on the left side
    and click on the tuturiol...there are 5 pictures and the dough
    is quite thin at the end. That machine, though, has 10
    thickness settings and it doesn't say what kind of machine it is.

    http://greekfood.about.com/od/greekb...s/r/phyllo.htm

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    I had a hand crank one and upgraded to a roller/cutter which fits on my Kitchen Aid. LOVE IT- but I truthfully only use is a couple times a year when I make homemade noodles from farm fresh eggs. I used to make about 25 # a week for the Farmers' Market and it was invaluable.
    The extruder types are pretty worthless - I 'had to have' one and junked it after a few months.

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