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How do I clean a pasta machine?

wheresthelove16 Oct 23, 2013 02:53 PM

I picked up a used Atlas pasta machine at a garage sale, but there's dried bits of pasta dough (i'm hoping that's what they are) and orange-colored gunk all in between the slots of the noodle cutter.

I took out the screws on the sides but nothing opened up... so i went through with a q-tip and tried cleaning in between the slits but it seems impossible.

Any tips?

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    kseiverd RE: wheresthelove16 Oct 23, 2013 02:59 PM

    Orange gunk?? My first thought was this pasta machine was used by a CRAFTER who used one of those polymer clay products... name just is NOT coming to me at the moment. Clay stuff specifically says NOT to use with utensils used for food... like rolling pins and pasta rollers?!?

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      wheresthelove16 RE: kseiverd Oct 23, 2013 03:04 PM

      No, there was also dried pasta dough. The machine smells like pasta. The orange gunk was oily... I assumed it was some kind of rust mixed with the lubricant. But I could be wrong.

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      treb RE: wheresthelove16 Oct 23, 2013 03:12 PM

      Try spraying some pan release agent, Pam etc, then run pasta dough though several times.

      1. coll RE: wheresthelove16 Oct 23, 2013 03:27 PM

        Steam it somehow?

        1. tim irvine RE: wheresthelove16 Oct 23, 2013 04:47 PM

          I'd run some bread through it, Wonderbread if, for whatever reason, I had some.

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            melpy RE: tim irvine Nov 8, 2013 03:02 AM

            Didn't wonder bread go out of business?

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              coll RE: melpy Nov 8, 2013 03:10 AM

              Temporarily, but then Flowers Foods bought them this summer.

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              Antilope RE: tim irvine Nov 8, 2013 06:56 AM

              Dry rolled oats may be a little abrasive and help to scrub some of the dried pasta out. Put them through a few times.

            3. TeRReT RE: wheresthelove16 Oct 23, 2013 05:02 PM

              Toothpick to dislodge chunks, sacrificial pasta dough for the rest. Run it through numerous times.

              I would stay away from any spray that leaves a film that will eventually cause it to cease.

              1. Robj RE: wheresthelove16 Nov 8, 2013 02:56 AM

                I use my pasta machine for rolling fondant icing as it gives it a good thickness I want so when finished and left to dry I take it out to the garage and use my compressor and blow air through it and that cleans it. I know every one doesn't have an air compressor but that's the way I clean mine.

                1. Njchicaa RE: wheresthelove16 Nov 8, 2013 03:06 AM

                  My KitchenAid pasta roller/cutter attachment came with a brush (like a small paintbrush) to clean out debris.

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                    coll RE: Njchicaa Nov 8, 2013 03:11 AM

                    That's what I use on my Atlas, a stiff pastry brush.

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                    oldman83 RE: wheresthelove16 Nov 8, 2013 05:13 AM

                    Try a stiff brush or even a tooth brush. Or how about a pipe cleaner

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                      oldman83 RE: wheresthelove16 Nov 8, 2013 07:26 AM

                      Be careful I know of some people who use their pasta machine for ceramic work. I know you said it smelled like pasta I meant this for others who like myself shop at garage sales.

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                        blaireso RE: wheresthelove16 Nov 9, 2013 03:58 PM

                        Old toothbrush, toothpicks, canned air (at office supply stores), white bread, sacrificial pasta dough. I'd avoid oils or other liquids.

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