You Can Do It!
It is very easy to make your own fresh pasta at home, even without a pasta machine.
- • Dries fresh pasta more evenly, saves space
- • 18"L x 18"W x 16.5"H, fits up to 8 servings of pasta
- • Stable, 7/8" thick base
- • Unfinished wood provides a non-slip surface
- • Assembles in seconds, stores flat
When you mix up a big batch of pasta dough (up to 4 cups of flour), or roll out spaghetti that's extra long (up to 32"), this is the drying rack you'll want by your side. Sturdily built of solid wood, it's just like the ones Italian cooks have depended on for countless generations.
72" of Hanging Space, 16.5" of Height
Why take up an entire counter drying your pasta flat, when you can save so much space by hanging it to dry vertically? Even better, your pasta will dry faster and more evenly, because air can circulate around it on every side. The four 18" arms are angled so that each strand of pasta has its own air space, with no overlapping or sticking.
Stable, 7/8" Thick Base
Some pasta racks are held upright by nothing more than a thin disc or a couple of sticks; no wonder they are unsteady, especially when fully loaded with pasta. But the Bellemain rack's base, a 7/8" thick solid wood block, has both the weight and the post anchoring depth to provide an exceptionally firm and reliable footing.
Stores Flat, Assembles in Seconds
The Bellemain rack also saves space when you're not using it: the pieces can be taken apart without tools and stored in a drawer. To assemble it, you simply screw the post into the base, and slide the four arms into the holes in the post.
Unfinished Wood Holds Pasta in Place
There's a good reason why pasta racks have traditionally been made of unfinished wood: the freshly cut dough tends to slide off anything else, such as wire or plastic, if you don't hang it with its weight balanced just right. Wood's naturally porous surface gives the pasta something to grip onto. It also wipes clean easily with a damp or dry cloth.
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Additional Flour for rolling
1 Tablespoon Milk
1 teaspoon olive oil
How To Make Your Own Homemade Pasta:
- Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board or countertop; make a well in center.
- Whisk 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, and 1 teaspoon olive oil in small bowl until well blended; gradually pour into well in flour mixture while mixing with fork or with your fingers to form ball of dough.
- Place dough on lightly floured surface; flatten slightly.
- Knead Dough: To knead dough, fold dough in half toward you and press dough away from you with heels of hands. Give dough a quarter turn and continue folding, pushing, and turning. Continue kneading 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding more flour to prevent sticking if necessary. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; let stand 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, unwrap dough and knead briefly (as described above) on lightly floured surface.
- Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8-inch-thick circle on lightly floured surface. Gently pick up dough circle with both hands. Hold it up to the light to check for places where dough is too thick. Return to board; even out any thick spots. Let rest until dough is slightly dry but can be handled without breaking.
- Lightly flour dough circle and roll loosely on rolling pin. Slide rolling pin out (this will make it easier to cut since it will be folded into thirds); press dough roll gently with hand and cut into strips of desired width with sharp knife. Carefully unfold strips.
- Hang strips over pasta rack and dry at least 3 hours; store in airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days. To serve, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water 3 to 4 minutes just until al dente. Drain well.
I am of Italian heritage and take great pride in creating awesome pasta dishes. Homemade pasta is a must for creating the best. There have been many days that Marcus has come home to pasta hanging from a wooden dowel propped up between our kitchen chairs.
When I received the Bellemain Large Drying Rack in exchange for my honest review I made an easy pasta recipe that didn't require a machine to try it out. The rack was very easy to assemble and held on to the pasta. I was pleased that it stayed where I placed it. The rack took up very little counter space as my pasta dried.
As my looked at the rack I realized that it would also work great for hanging necklaces, little girl ribbons, as a display for my Aunt's ornaments at the flea market, and so much more.
I would highly recommend this pasta drying rack to anyone wanting a quality constructed rack that can easily be stored in a draw between uses.