Help me clean my grandma's old pasta roller
March 15, 2011 4:49 PM Subscribe
Inherited old Italian pasta roller, how to clean?
posted by penguinkeys to Food & Drink (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So I have this old heavy Italian pasta roller that my grandma left me because I'm the only one that has stuck with the labour intensive task of fresh pasta making. I learned how to use this roller when I was seven and after a long break of not making pasta and then making it with a rolling pin and a godawful mixer attachment it's mine again!
The only problem is that is smells like old flour after not being used for years. Not a bad smell or a bacteria smell but a smell that I wouldn't want to impart to new pasta all the same. My grandma is dead and my mother doesn't exactly know what to do other than to not use soap and water. She was really adamant about this. Her other suggestion is to run a throwaway batch of dough through the machine a bunch of times.
I'm wondering if this is the best way to clean it? Is not using liquids to clean is generally good advice on these things? It's not terribly old it's made in the early 70's I think and the box it came in is all Italian and has no care instructions that I can make out.