I make laminated dough at home by hand rolling. I am not as young as I once was and wonder if anyone knows of a sheeter made for home use. thanks.
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The only thing I know of is to haunt the commercial equipment auctions and try to find a small one at a reasonable price. If you do find one designed for home use, please let us know. There are several folks here who might be interested in having one. Jan
Is this what you are looking for?
I've looked into them before, and to buy one new, you are looking at $1,600 minimum for the cheapest ones that you may be able to use in a home kitchen. So far, I don't know of any DESIGNED for a home kitchen.
As said before... best bet is try to find a used one somewhere.
Pammyowl, I think the pasta maker might work,. I have an old one. (When my girls were little I made my own pasta) I will have to try it.
I may get it myself. I love spinach pasta, and it can be hard to find, fresh!
I've played around with trying to use my Kitchenaid pasta roller as a sheeter, I think it moves too fast even on the lowest setting, and the vertical feed makes it difficult to use for laminated doughs.
So are you saying that the hand cranked one I've provided a link for is the better choice?
The concept of a dough sheeter is the same as a pasta maker and I use my pasta machine for rolling fondant and other types of dough as well, but the poster is making laminated dough and suffers fatigue.
Maybe an alternative to the home-use sheeter made by Somerset would be a stainless steel rolling pin with ball-bearings. Then one wouldn't be limited by the width of a narrow machine, and the rolling pin would be heavy enough to make rolling the dough less arduous a task.
Just an idea...
GinaG, I've never used a laminator. Is it difficult to crank? I'm assuming the poster is making puff pastry,strudel, or pizza, whatever. I've been eyeing the KA pasta attachment, I'd like to hear feedback on this item, from whomever has one! The KA one is extremely expensive, compared to 42.00 plus 12.00 something for shipping. I rather like the idea of the hand cranked one!
Because it is hand cranked, that would mean it could go slower, but I think the relatively narrow throat and the vertical feed would still be a problem with laminated doughs, because they're really soft, especially at first.
I've used my pasta roller to roll our cracker dough a few times, and I was working with cake fondant I could see using it for that as well.
I have the KA pasta set (roller, spaghetti and fettucine cutters) and use it a lot during cooler weather for spaghetti, lasagna, fettucini, noodles for chicken soup, etc.
We have a hand crank machine, too, it seems to me you need to be at least three handed to work it properly.
I did play around with trying to do laminated dough in a pasta roller, I'm not sure it would work.
Recently we've been more into spaetzle, in part because I bought a Norpro spaetzle maker this summer and it makes it SO EASY to make perfect spaetzle!
I found a person who uses a wringer for laminating! (a new one, of course!)You know what I mean, the wringer on the old washtubs. Who knew you could still buy them!
The model I have is the same you'll find in every Italian home, here in the U.S. and in Italy. It is called Marcato Atlas 150; It's made in Italy and I paid $49.95 for it in Oct. 2002: I went to check for you, I keep it in its box and still have the receipt in there. The price has barely changed: Amazon.com has it for 62.00 inc shipping.
It comes with a 3 year warranty, its well built machinery.
Pasta machines like mine all look alike, but on closer inspection you'll find some subtle differences which may or may not be an issue for you.
I recently taught a neighbor-friend how to make pasta. He couldn't wait to get a machine and found one at a garage sale for 5.00...It's all one piece.
My machine is four pieces which you can dismantle to clean and store. It's very heavy, highly polished nickel and chrome-plated-steel. There are 4 different cut options on my machine, he has two and because it is one piece, he cannot get optional blades.
Lasagne-which is the same roller used to roll dough, fondant, etc.,
The four pieces include the base, which you secure to a table or countertop; the clamp to secure it, the crank, which is used interchangeably to cut or roll pasta depending on where you insert the crank and of course, your pasta cutters.
There is an optional electric machine attachment and no, it isn't at all difficult to crank, it's a breeze. I imagine there's more control doing it by hand, but if you had hundreds of pounds of pasta to crank out, I could see how it would speed things up.
I can highly recommend my brand machine because many generations of my family have used it both at home and for business.
You can find cheaper models, like my friend did, but we both agreed that mine is a pleasure to use and keep clean, his just isn't. Also, to me, the pasta machine is something of a lifer-piece. If I was in your situation, I'd closely compare the one offered by Kitchenkrafts with Amazon. If it's a one piece unit, is it a deal, if you can have
a Marcato for 8.00 more, including shipping? I'd get The Marcato.
Recently they came out with different colors for it, probably to modernize it? It's the same machine! I LIKE it in the shiny chromed-steel.
Now, for someone like our friend who posted having physical limitations, she may want to consider a larger pasta machine such as those used in restaurants which have a wider roller and an electronic feed, like a sheeter has. It is larger than my pasta machine but not as obtrusive in size as a sheeter can be and it's less than 500.00. Didn't uninvited guest say they were over a thousand a few years ago? Yet Somerset claims this is pretty new; it is for home-users, but I didn't get to see pricing.
To sum up, I love playing with dough :), I make killer pasta and my machine makes it an absolute pleasure.
Yes, but not that price. If you click onto the stainless steel option, that's my machine.
The one I found was a lot less, why is this so high?
amazon can be high, or low, depending on what you are ordering. Sometimes I can get a great deal, as I did with my KA, and macadamia nuts, coffee, etc. Actually I have gotten some great deals on many things. However, you have to do your homework. That is one reason why this baking forum is so helpful, you all can tell me if I am being %$^#@!
Nono, you're not! I just don't understand why I got something different than you did. Let me copy the exact place I was.
Try this. I just double-checked that the link is working okay: Select the "new" button and the first one shows at 64.95 includes shipping.
I'll check back in with you in the morning.
Have a good night!
Gina & Mr. B.