Pasta drying rack and fresh pasta talk...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-13-2021 06:15 PM 1017 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pasta drying rack
and fresh pasta talk…

Need is the mother of pasta… I mean invention, sorry.
But this project came out of need, I were tired of drying my fresh made pasta on a broom stick, the floor mop, sometimes even the clothes drying rack, when I made for several days.

So time to make a pasta drying rack.

This is what it’s all about, fresh pasta, I promise you, it is well worth the time, as it is a food for Gods and guys like us. ;-)
Here Fettuccine with greenhouse tomato sauce, served in my allotment house.

Here my normal drying method, a broom stick.

So time to sketch up a few ideas.
On the left you see the commercial fold up version.
On the right my ideas, for mine.
I wanted to use the central heating radiator, as it will provide heat and draft, so the drying will speed up, especially in the winter time.

Well let’s get started, an old Beech table leg found in the dumpster, will provide the wood for the frame.

After cutting it to size, the holes are marked up, with 5 cm spacing.

Then Jim’s awl, helps me mark.

Holes are drilled app. ¾ down the wood.

Some time back I salvaged the sides from a baby bed, as they were made of beech rods and these came in handy now.
On the table saw sled, they were cut to equal lengths, using a stop block.

Rounded the ends on the disc sander.

At the middle of the frame, a hole are drilled…

Because I had one of these table lamp holders in my drawer of nonsense and now it could become handy.

You get it?
In this way it will be able to be mounted easy and fast.

Glue in the holes.

Then the rods are hammered in.

We got a pasta drying rack!
Ok, a wee sanding first.

Fettuccine with wild garlic pesto and sour dough bread – all home made.

Finally in my apartment, trying out the rack.

The mount, makes it possible to use it many places, so that’s a bonus.
Here on a drawer front.

Three eggs, three hundred grams of tipo 00 flour, 1 tsp. salt.
That’s it.

Run it a tour on the machine.

Then knead it for app three minutes.
It’s supposed to be a tough bastard.
Wrap in cling foil and into the fridge for at least an hour, next day is fine too.

Cut to good sizes…

Roll out a wee bit and send a thought to a good friend, yes I think about our wonderful LJ buddy LEW, as he send me that beautiful rolling pin – thanks again Lew, I love it!

There are several methods, to make the pasta.
Simple method, no extra tool needed: roll dough out to app. 1 mm. thickness, with a rolling pin and cut to pasta with a knife.
Use a hand crank pasta machine, I do that it the allotment.
Or as here I use my favourite kitchen tool by Kenwood, with a pasta roller attachment and then a cutting attachment, here the one for Fettuccine.

The fresh pasta is cooked in boiling water for app. Four minutes, with a tsp. Salt and a wee olive oil. Then taken up from the water with tongs. Save the pasta water, you might need some for thickening the sauce…

The rack in use.
I put a piece of baking paper on the floor, as I know, some of them will crack and fall once they dry.

Smoked turkey, or bacon.
White wine.
(The chocolate cake is optional).

Fry onions and garlic in olive oil, just golden, never brow.
Add smoked turkey and herbs, fry a wee more.
Add half a glass of white wine, boil down to thick sauce.
Finally the cream is pored in and Gorgonzola is added.
Adjust with salt, perhaps a wee smoked paprika.

Throw the pasta up into the sauce and adjust with a wee water from the pasta, if the sauce is too dry.

Serve with fresh ground pepper, grated Parmesan, fresh herbs and here a fresh baked sour dough bread, with olive oil and salt on top.
If you don’t smile eating this… well then go and do some woodworking and eat a Big Mac.

The pasta can be used in many ways, here for home made Ravioli.
Or just cut up to Lasagna plates.

What do you think?
I’m hungry now…

Well we better end here, with the drying rack hanging in the kitchen.
What are you having for dinner?

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or even better fresh home made pasta.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

15 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-13-2021 06:30 PM

Neat drying rack aside, there is NOTHING like fresh homemade pasta! A friend of mine makes fettuccine and my wife makes sauce, ohhhhh boy nothing better!

Now I’m hungry

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 10-13-2021 07:55 PM

No time for fresh pasta here today. Making chicken soup from scratch, and between times working on that, when I should be making pasta, I have been sharpening scissors and knives, because I fell behind on that during the summer. Ah well. With good stock in the chicken soup, store bought noodles will still suffice. And perhaps I’ll make a drying rack so I will be encouraged to make pasta next time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 10-13-2021 08:37 PM

freah pasta, something id love to do,someday,maybe in retirement.nice rack my friend,id sure love to bring over a nice bottle of wine and sit down with you and enjoy some.for now looking at your pic’s will have to do.bon appetit !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 10-13-2021 09:44 PM

Yummy looking…Very cool…

A real all aroud do it your selfer…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 10-13-2021 09:44 PM

Yummy looking…Very cool…

A real all aroud do it your selfer…

Sorry, tecnical difficulties

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 10-13-2021 10:17 PM

Man I just ate supper and I’m hungry again!!!!!!!!! Nice work, Mads….............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 10-14-2021 12:46 AM

Mads, my friend, you are a true Renaissance man!

Your pictures reminded me of a neighbor we had. She was born and raised in Greece. Her pastries were known far and wide. She made all her own phyllo dough for spinach pie and baklava. You could almost see through the dough, it was so thin!

Happy you are enjoying the rolling pin!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 10-14-2021 03:24 AM

Well if you’re gonna make pasta, you may as well do it in style. Great rack for drying. I may be stopping by for dinner too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Rob Drown

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#9 posted 10-14-2021 04:05 AM

Dinner and the rack looks wonderful!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 10-14-2021 07:43 AM

Nice project and lovely food, but where will you put your socks if you hang the pasta in front of the radiator?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 10-14-2021 08:09 PM

Handy rack and some good looking pasta there Mads.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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Ross Leidy

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#12 posted 10-15-2021 03:09 PM

This has got to be the most appetizing post ever! Even fresh sourdough – amazing skills, Mads.

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#13 posted 10-16-2021 01:53 AM

That’s about the coolest post ever!! Time warped back to my moms homemade pasta when I was a kid. Bravo sir!

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#14 posted 10-16-2021 01:54 AM

This has got to be the most appetizing post ever! Even fresh sourdough – amazing skills, Mads.

- Ross Leidy

I know, it totally wrecked my Burger King experience an hour ago.

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#15 posted 10-16-2021 01:58 PM

Hi there,
Less can be more, more pasta. :-D
So happy to see this simple project, made so many mouths hungry.

Thedustydutchman, smiles yes the important part is the pasta, but it’s not made of wood, laughs. Sounds wonderful, with a friend making the pasta and the wife the sauce. Bon Appetite.

Dave Polaschek, home made chicken soup is a good alternative, nothing like a rich chicken soup on a cold day. It’s easy to make the pasta and you get to impress the wife… Smiles.

Pottz, That sounds like a wonderful evening, good wine pasta and talks, I’m in.

mtnwild, Smiles, as long as the technical problem is on the computer and not in the pasta… I have to admit I enjoy the things more, than the things I buy, well a few Makita tools, a good camera… but still I enjoy the home made most. Smiles.

Jim Jakosh, That was just about the best compliment ever for my cooking, thanks.

lew, The Vinatage Architect… so yes I guess we agree. ;-) I love that rolling pin and everyone who see it, is so impressed and get the story, so it is a real treasure here in my place, big smile thanks.

doubleDD, I choose the wrong country, I can feel the house would be full, if I lived in the Internet. You will be welcome, thanks.

Rob Drown, Smiles Rob, thank you.

Brit, laughs thanks. On my feet! Thank you. ;-)

MikeB_UK, some good tasting too. Thanks.

Ross Leidy, Thank you for those kind words. Probably the most simple woodworking project I ever made, yet the most appetizing, that can bring some thoughts. I’m one of those, who bake, pickle, cook, garden and much more, so woodworking has hard competition on the time schedule, I have learned that for me it has never been a matter of result, but of process, to enjoy and feel while doing. Thank you with red ears.

darthford, Hope it was not too cool, as I like my pasta warm… Grandad humor. Big laugh, sorry for ruining the Burger King dinner. Happy to hear it reminded you of your mothers dinners. Thanks.

Best thoughts to you all, big smile here on my lips,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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