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Pasta Maker

Even the hand-crank kind of pasta maker has other clever uses. In particular, avid bakers will especially get use out of a pasta maker.

Recipe: Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers


  • 4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cool water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (plus more if you’d like to add some to the top of the crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds.

1. Put flour, water, oil, salt, and baking powder in food processor. Process for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture forms a ball.
2. Remove from food processor and let dough rest for 30 minutes-2 hours. You’ll want to cover it with a towel to prevent the dough from drying out.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Divide dough into four equal portions. Lightly flour work surface. Roll out dough until it’s thin enough to place in the pasta maker. Run through pasta maker until it’s about 1/8 inch thick.
5. Sprinkle lightly with sesame seeds and flaky salt. Continue rolling out dough enough to embed the seeds and salt.
6. Cut into 2-inch-wide strips. Poke strips evenly several times with a fork.
7. Carefully pick each strip up and lay it down on a cookie sheet. Bake crackers for 15 minutes, or until they are browned and crisp. Though they will continue to crisp as they cool, if they don’t seem crispy enough you can put them in the oven for a few more minutes.
8. Let cool completely and break crackers up into your desired size.

If you’d like to store your homemade crackers, do so in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll stay crisp for about two weeks.

Recipe adapted from D.I.Y. Delicious by Vanessa Barrington and Sara Remington.

Other Ways to Use a Pasta Maker:

  • Pie Crusts
  • Fondant
  • Wonton Wrappers
  • Homemade Phyllo Dough

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:11AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Amiable articles and the blogs really helped me a lot, thanks for the valuable information.
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12:45AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

some of those are great ideas, but i try to avoid such luxurious 1 use products! saying that, i do have a pressure cooker which doubles up as the most biggest heavy bottomed saucepan i have to make jam in! and i have a juicer which has a smoothie maker with it and i use that for soups. i also have a george foreman and use that for anything that could be grilled, from freezer stuff to bagels! you can never have to many knives or chopping implements though!

4:19PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Good Ideas to howto reuse applinces.thx

3:27PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

we rec'd a waffle iron as a wedding gift. it turned out to be too messy to use often. i guess we can try to make paninis. the bread machine and rice cookers should come with recipe booklets that let you know of other things you can make. i can't comment on the other items.

3:10PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


12:11AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

panini in a waffle iron = brilliant!


11:57PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

(Trying to cram in my points before midnight. No time for thoughtful comment, so...)

Good to know!

11:17AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

using hot oil in a fondue and serving dishes of cubed steak, allows each person to cook each mouthful of steak to their own preferred level,, its a quick way to give everyone their perfect steak and its very social

10:54AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012


9:55PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

When we replaced our rice cooker we got one with a basket for steaming and a special setting for risotto! I love it!

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@Paul L: Mind you : the tongue is also a very important diagnostic in TCM :-).

It just shows that we should/could trust what our bodies are telling us. Thanks for the info.


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