KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers
The KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers scored high in our independent review of the Best Pasta Extruders. Typical high quality from KitchenAid but prices have reduced significantly since its launch. Could this be the best time to buy this ultimate KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers?
The KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers is another of the many KitchenAid stand mixer attachments. It takes in pasta dough and turns it into shaped pasta through a process of extrusion. It comes with several ‘plates’ through which the pasta dough is forced to give them the appropriate shape. It also comes with a cutting device so that you can cut the pasta to length as it is produced. The KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers is made of plastic and metal. Please refer to our Best Pasta Extruders and Shapers for Home Use guidance for information about other (manual) devices.
Operating the KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers
TheKitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers is easily attached to the main Stand Mixer. Once in place it is sturdy and stable. KitchenAid recommends that the pasta dough should be no larger than a walnut when placed into the hopper. This is to avoid clogging. There are two ways in which this attachment can become clogged. One is forcing too much pasta through at once. The other is using a wet dough.
The mixture for pasta dough needs to be dry when used in a pasta extruder. It is also recommended that you add two Table Spoons of Oil per 500g of flour to give the dough some lubrication. Another recommendation would be to use course Semolina flour in place of normal ’00’ flour, or a combination. You will probably notice that supermarket ‘fresh pasta’ is made from 80% semolina flour and 20% eggs by weight. No other flour is used. To put this into some sort of perspective, three units of semolina flour to one unit of fluid by volume should give perfect results. In this case, the fluid can be eggs, egg yolks, water etc but must include some oil for lubrication. This is not unique to the KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers but to any pasta dough used in extrusion. Semolina flour is always preferred for extruding. It also gives a nice yellow colour. I felt it was important to explain about the dough mixture because to ignore this would be unfair on KitchenAid.
Assuming you use the KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers correctly and with the right dough mixture, you can achieve some really great results. The dough is placed into the device a small piece at a time. This doesn’t mean that the pasta shapes can’t be long. Far from it. In fact, they can be as long as you want. You get to cut them to size as they leave the attachment via a built in pasta cutter. This is a bit like a cheese wire. It’s not a quick process but if it were any quicker you might have problems keeping up. Even at full speed, the pasta won’t hit you in the face!
The KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers comes with six plates or dies made from steel (not brass). This means that you can more or less always have a shape that fits your recipe. There are not many pasta extruders on the market, even less that are electric. For me this was the great advantage. No handles to turn and no clamps to hold it on to the flat surface. It means that you have two hands free to feed the pasta dough into the hopper and one to control the cutter and collect the pasta. It really is very easy.
It is worth saying a few words about cleaning the KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers. The best way to clean this is to let it dry. Once dry, you can then use the tool provided to remove any large pieces of dried dough and a brush for the rest. That is it. This is how you should clean all pasta makers and this one is no different. If people complain about how difficult the KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers is to clean, it is because they are obsessing about water. You don’t need any.
The KitchenAid KPEXTA Pasta Shape Press for Stand Mixers is to me the best choice of pasta extruder for anyone who already owns a KitchenAid stand mixer. With six different shapes, it is versatile, very well built and one of the less expensive KitchenAid attachments. If you follow the instructions, use a dry dough (with oil) and clean as suggested, you won’t regret purchasing this amazing piece of kit.