after a loooong wait, my daughter and I finally got around to making some pasta yesterday. The long wait part is that I bought a cheapo Crofton brand manual pasta machine from Aldi about 7 years ago and it has proudly taken up room in various cupboards around the house, never having been used until yesterday .
Anyhoo, long story short, the pasta tasted amazing pairing it with a carbonara sauce and the whole family raved about it and went back for seconds.
The longer version is that after we made the dough, it was left to rest in the fridge for 30 odd minutes. Then it was taken out and rolled through the pasta machine. Well that was the theory anyway. I don't know if the pasta was still too cold, it didn't feel like it, or that the dough wasn't kneaded enough. One of the rollers would only intermittently engage and wouldn't do a complete roll though. I ended up taking the sheet out and rolling it with a rolling pin. I then put it through the cutter attachment and they worked a treat.
I ended up pulling the covers off and saw that the gears were able to disengage from each other depending on where the crank handle was. There is a pressed metal cover over the gears that looked like it had bent out of shape, which I straightened and I could push the gears back together, but there is still a bit of slop in the attachments that still allows the gears to disengage, especially under load. I don't know if it's worth trying to fix it as the insides are pressed metal and the gears themselves are quite thin and look like they are going to disengage often.
My question is are the more expensive past machines better built than the cheapies, as they look identical on the outside?
After the results I got from my first effort, I think it's something that I'd like to do again, so I'm happy to spend some $$$ in order to get a better quality and longer lasting machine.
The Marcato Atlas features highly in online reviews, also has additional cutters which would be handy. Are there other brands that I should look at?
Thanks for looking,