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Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2017
I'm not new to pasta making. Having been brought up in an Italian household, and being a second-generation American, fresh pasta was a big part of our Sunday dinners. I've made fresh pasta for more decades than I feel comfortable revealing here. Getting it down to a science was a "process." Once I got married, I kept up with the tradition, upgrading my machine twice, initially from my grandmother's ancient, straight-from-the-Old-Country cast iron get-up, to a noodle roller, to within the last 15 years an extrusion machine.
What never changed, however, was what to do with the finished pasta, particularly in the humid summer months, where sticking together was a common, annoying problem. Same for the sheets of pasta before cutting with a noodle roller. It was comical. I'd bring folding chairs in the kitchen, to hang pasta over them. I made an unholy mess. The kitchen looked like a junkyard, between all the dinged-up folding chairs draped with pasta, to the tiny fragments of pasta all over and flour strewn about the floor (to say nothing of the dusting on my face and clothes.)
Enter this pasta drying rack. I got it just before Christmas Eve, for which I traditionally make a white wine seafood sauce over spinach fettuccine. So that day, we unpacked it, and found the assembly to be so easy, that even I, the original mechanical klutz, could get it slapped together and operational in a couple of minutes. Each dowel is slightly narrower on one end, so you always know which to insert into the hole in the post. The base is wide and solid enough to hold the rack balanced, even when only one or two arms are loaded with pasta, without ever rocking. I began loading it up. Each of the 8 arms (4 dowels that are inserted through holes in the center post halfway, where they create 8 arms) are long enough to hold a lot of pasta. I made a quadruple batch, and only had to offload 4 arms into a clean, smooth kitchen towel. But by that time they had dried sufficiently to stay quite separate. Best of all, the little pieces of dough that invariably fall off were not on the floor, but on the counter only, directly below the rack. No messy floors!
The rack was disassembled just as fast as it went together. Reverse the process, taking out the 4 dowels, then unscrewing the central post from the base. All the pieces fit easily back in the thin box, which takes up minimal room on a pantry shelf when stored on its side. Because the pasta dough wasn't sticky and because the day was not humid, washing the rack was not necessary. However, if you should find that your dough is moist enough that the pasta has stuck to it, washing the rack pieces should be a very simple matter with hot, soapy water and an old toothbrush to scrub as necessary.
After having followed the same messy procedure for decades, I was pleasantly surprised that this gadget had made the task so much simpler and neater. This is da BOMB!! I just wish I had found it earlier.