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    KA pasta maker/grinder attachment?

    Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:17 am Groupie
    Sister gifted a box-o-stuff to me. She bought this gizmo that extrudes spaghetti, linguines, macaroni, etc. & some sorta grinder/juicer attachment. Says it works just fine, but she's not in love with it. Said play with it and deonate, if I don't love it either. She also bought the pasta roller attachment... LOVES that (kept it, too)!

    Do ya have this thing? Love or hate? Any tips to pass along?
    PaulO in MA
    Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:58 am Groupie
    Have both.

    I use the grinder for beef and pork. Works well.

    I used to use the pasta roller/cutter. Works well, too.

    I use a hand crank roller now since my MIL gave me one. I use a pasta guitar to cut it. Just don't feel like setting up the KA for a small batch of pasta.
    Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:20 pm Groupie
    I'm a HUGE fan of the KA meat grinder. We don't eat red meat but I do use a lot of ground meat. The meat grinder saves a small fortune on ground chicken and turkey.
    Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:56 pm
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    I use the grinder to make sausage. A lot of places don't want to grind relatively small quantities of meat and I don't want to use the preground.

    I don't have the pasta extruder, have heard more negative than good comments about it.
    Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:33 pm Groupie
    Negatives on extruder?? Probably why sister parted with it!?! HA! HA!

    Ground some chuck yesterday. Made a nice burger and rest went tinto meatballs... pretty tasty, too.

    Might have a go at the pasta extruder over next few days.
    PaulO in MA
    Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:01 am Groupie
    Good to hear about the extruder. I was going to purchase the extruder when it was new but decided I'd wait to see how it was received.

    What are the complaints?

    My first thought was getting the dough the proper consistency to extrude correctly could be an issue.
    Ross from Mason City
    Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:29 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Several years ago I bought a Kitchen Aid kit #KGSA which has the slicer/shredder, food grinder, & pasta making plates.

    I bought it in Canada at a Canadian Tire store at 50% off.

    My purpose was to make Italian style sausage from pork shoulder, the preferred cut per my research. The silver skin and gristle wound itself around the cutter and the feed was poor. I had to remove the cutter periodically to remove the schmutz from the cutter blades. I stopped using it to make ground pork and just buy ground pork at the supermarket.

    We make a lot of use of the shredder. We go thru a lot of hard cheese like parmesan and soft cheese like cheddar. We buy a lot of cheese on sale and shred pounds of the stuff at a time and freeze it.

    I make a very stiff pasta dough in the KA stand mixer, but use a traditional hand crank pasta maker to make the dough. I suppose that I should try the KA pasta plates sometime.
    Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:45 am Groupie
    First try at pasta extruder was a total FAIL?? Have made pasta from scratch a few times using crank machine. Made dough & let it rest before going to KA. As soon as it started extruding, immediately went back into one mass of dough... couldn't/wouldn't separate into strands. So thought too wet, though probably would have worked fine in crank machine?? Worked as much additional flour into dough as I could, let it rest again, and got pretty much the SAME results??

    Patience is NOT one of my strong suits... this attachment is NOT for me
    Ross from Mason City
    Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:18 am
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I have the KA pasta extruder attachment. It extrudes pasta horizontally like the grinder.

    I now see that KA no longer offer that horizontal pasta extruder; they now sell an extruder that connects at a 90 degree angle to the power head. The new model extrudes from the bottom of the extruder.

    Did KA change the design to dangle the extruded pasta to better separate the pasta rather than the pasta falling together from the horizontal extruder?
    Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:24 am
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    I know the original extruder had really bad reviews, so it would make sense that the design change was to improve results. You might get more info from the forums at the Kitchenaid website - I believe there are forums there, unless I'm mixing up sites.
    PaulO in MA
    Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:14 am Groupie
    There used to be KA forums that I was on. I think it was or something like that.

    I think it may be done through Facebook now.

    The KA forums were affiliated with the company and moderated by employees. I was persona non grata since I posted links to recipes, and they prohibited links to any outside site. I stopped going over there. icon_biggrin.gif
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