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KitchenAid KPSA Stand-Mixer Pasta-Roller Attachment [Discontinued]
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- Pasta-roller attachment offers a fun way to enjoy traditional Italian cuisine at home
- Sturdy metal construction; attaches easily to KitchenAid stand mixers (sold separately)
- Creates 6-inch sheets perfectly sized to feed into pasta cutters or ravioli makers (sold separately)
- Can be adjusted between thick and thin settings; washing by hand recommended
- Measures approximately 3-1/2 by 9-3/5 by 2 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Roll homemade pasta dough into thick or thin sheets to create exquisite lasagna noodles or hand cut into fettuccini. Roller creates 6-inch wide sheets that feed perfectly into our various pasta cutters and ravioli maker.
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Let me start out by saying that this review could have gone either way. Like many other reviewers, I was ready to throw this attachment in the garbage about halfway through my first attempted use! Keep in mind, I have used an atlas to roll out my dough for years so I have a good feel for dough for machine preparation. I cannot imagine attempting to use this attachment having had zero experience in dough for machine preparation. I would recommend that anyone who purchases this attachment not only read the instructions, TWICE! I also recommend you going to youtube and watching videos on it's use. After about an hour of learning, and half a batch of dough, I finally got the feel for the proper way to use this attachment. Up to that point, I was certain that I could have prepared them the old fashion way much more quickly. However, when I had my first successful batch run through the machine, I was convinced that I could have never made three dozen ravioli the old fashioned way in just a few minutes. I pushed on and was able to successfully make over 150 ravioli in the next hour. I could have never done that with a press and rolling pin!
So, let me share a few things that any person attempting to use this attachment needs to know:
1) Do not roll the dough any thinner than a 3 on your kitchenAid Pasta Roller - This attachment stretches the dough as it pulls it through and if you go any thinner, your dough will certainly tear.
2) Do not attempt to use overly wet (sticky) dough with this attachment. If it has a hard time making it through your KitchenAid Pasta Roller, it will be impossible to make it through this attachment. If it is too dry, it will crack and break using this attachment, You need to make certain that the dough easily goes through the Pasta Roller Attachment.
3) I saw several written and even video recommendations for making all of the dough first and storing it for use in this attachment. I tried many of them and what I found worked best for me was prepare the dough with the pasta roller, remove the pasta roller and mount this attachment, use the freshly prepared dough (put a little flour on both sides before use) to make a batch of ravioli.
4) Depending on your filling, mine was a meat and spinach filling, given the size of the ravioli produced by this machine, the filling would have never made it into the dough. I ground the filling using the smallest die available with my (same day delivered) KitchenAid grinder. The second thing that I learned was the fact that you cannot assume that your filling will just drop into place as you turn the crank, you literally have to go slow and push the filling into each and every ravioli being careful not to over stuff them and tear the ravioli. Yes, this is a tedious task when using thicker fillings.
5) Don't assume that your dough will feed through this attachment, even though it has rollers on both sides, save yourself a lot of frustration and manually push the dough in on both sides before you turn the handle.
I hope that this saves a few KitchenAid Ravioli attachments from the same fate that many others have suffered due to dissatisfied owners. This is a wonderful attachment when used properly. Please be patient and enjoy your new ravioli maker. It was a sound investment if you have to make ravioli all by yourself!
Know this: after 12 short months of use, no matter what happens to the product, your only option is to throw it away and buy a new one.
With that understanding, I decided that there would be no harm in taking it apart to figure out what was wrong, and was SHOCKED by what I found...
Not only is this product difficult to fix, but it is very clearly DESIGNED TO FAIL. While I know this to be an issue with cheap appliances and electronics of all varieties, I did not expect it to be an issue with Kitchen Aid, nor did I expect it in a one hundred dollar accessory made from several pounds of steel, brass, and aluminum.
The issue is so substantial that I would be surprised if someone could even get it to last for a year using it just once a week.
Furthermore, the issue is so obvious that I'm surprised it hasn't been investigated or that someone hasn't sued them.
From the outside, the unit APPEARS to be constructed ENTIRELY of METAL. The weight of the unit makes it feel that way too. They even advertise that the rollers are made of stainless steel. And, in fact, inside the unit there seems to really be only ONE PIECE MADE OF PLASTIC--pretty much the one piece that you don't want made from plastic. The fitting that connects the metal rod that attaches to the mixer to the cylinder of the roller itself is a small plastic cap. This connection is going to be under more tension and stress than just about any other connection in the whole unit, and yet... it is the only one made from plastic!
Whenever there is too much tension on the cylinder (due to natural variations in any dough this probably happens a fair amount) this will put extra stress on the plastic fitting, which will wear it down over time. Eventually it will become completely stripped, leaving you with no mechanical connection between the mixer and the roller.
Now, let me explain why Kitchen Aid is entirely and inexcusably to blame for this design flaw of the product. Assuming the plastic piece is indeed intended to be a mechanical point of failure, that in and of itself does not necessarily indicate a poor design. In fact, the intentional use of such a point of failure could actually be a smart design element. This is because when the system cannot handle the forces being applied, inevitably something will fail. Therefore, by controlling the location of the failure, the designer protects the other, potentially more expensive, parts from failure. (I think this is roughly the same idea of how a bumper theoretically protects your car or a fuse protects your electrical system.) So, if it isn't necessarily an issue of the design, why is it uniquely Kitchen Aid's fault? Because they deny the customer access to the replacement part. The plastic piece itself cannot cost more than two cents to manufacture, while a new unit can cost over one hundred dollars!
Most Kitchen Aid products are built in a factory in Ohio, but this product is built in Italy. While some may consider that aspect of the product's manufacture to be an encouraging even marketable factor, it would actually seem to be the crux of the issue, for it must be why this product (made almost completely of stainless steel, aluminum, and brass) cannot be serviced and why they don't sell replacement parts.
The issue that I have is that if Kitchen Aid is not going to service the products or offer replacement parts, then selling a product with such a weak connection (which I argue is an INTENTIONAL POINT OF FAILURE) is downright unethical. And, frankly, if it is not a criminal business practice, then it should be.
Furthermore, they ought to be held accountable for the ensuing disposal of so many of these units. Not only is it incomprehensibly wasteful, it is harmful to the environment, and the expense falls wholly upon taxpayers. I remind you- several pounds of steel, brass, and aluminum (and a few grams of plastic).
I have high regard for Kitchen Aid, which is why I find this issue so alarming. I would probably still recommend other products they offer, but after inspecting the issues I have had with this product I WOULD ABSOLUTELY NEVER RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.