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Feb 21, 2014 12:48 PM

How to clean a pasta machine

A coworker has allowed me to borrow her hand crank atlas pasta machine and it hasn't been used in quite a while. I'd like to clean it well in return, any recommendations on the best way to clean a machine like this?

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  1. You really can't get the machine wet. Use a dry cloth to wipe it down and make a little extra pasta dough to run through the machine that you'll throw out that will act as a cleaner.

    1. You need to use a stiff brush.

      1. the first roll of pasta will take a lot of gunk with it if it has been sitting un-used - discard - yuck. lubricate with food grade mineral oil

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        1. re: JTPhilly

          ditto. plan on at least half your first recipe going into the trash. if you see visible rust, use some mineral oil and let it soak in, brush with a toothbrush all the accessible areas, and put some bread through, following up with pasta dough. this might take a full recipe of dough until you feel confident there are no more nasties in the rollers.

        2. I wet a cloth or tissue and pass it over the rollers and the rest of the machine, then do the same with a dry one.

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          1. re: Sirrith

            Ive been running a dry cloth so I think I'll use your suggestion as the next step plus some water and extra dough.

          2. I use the kitchenaid attachment and it says not to get it wet, just use a small stiff brush to remove any dough left in there. I'm sure you could use a small pastry brush but I would be careful getting it wet or using any oils. Another option is to ask your friend how she usually cleans it to avoid any damage. I'm sure she would appreciate your efforts to care for her equipment.

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            1. re: VeganKatie

              I most definitely could follow this route. There is some rust/chipped coating on the rollers itself but mostly the grim is on the non moving parts.

              I suppose I'm going to boil the pasta anyway so it's not going to kill me. I've some diagrams too dismantle the entire thing. Any thoughts on that?

              1. re: carrytheone

                It depends, I wouldn't trust myself to get it back together after taking it apart, that's me though. Make sure more of the coating isn't chipping off onto your pasta, you could end up folding and rolling it into the sheets and that would be gross/dangerous depending on what the coating is made of.