How to make Fresh Pasta with a Food Processor
The ingredients needed to make fresh pasta can be found in most kitchens without needing a special trip to the shops.
- 375g or approximately two and a half cups of plain flour.
- Half a teaspoon of salt
- 4 medium eggs preferably at room temperature.
- A small amount of extra plain flour to dust the dough.
Set up your food processor with the blade attachment.
Put the flour into the food processor bowl and add the half teaspoon of salt.
Pulse once or twice With the blade attachment fitted to combine the sugar and salt.
Crack the eggs and add them on top of the flour being careful that no eggshell enters the mixture. You might want to crack the eggs into a separate bowl and add them from there or just live dangerously!
Put the lid on the food processor and process for 30 to 60 seconds until the flour, salt eggs go together into a rough ball… (continued below)…
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How to make Fresh Pasta with a Food Processor… (continued)
If the mixture is a little too dry add a little water at a time until the desired result is achieved. If the mixture is too sticky add some more flour.
Remove the dough from the food processor and knead it on a clean board a little until it comes together in a nice smooth ball.
Dust a small amount of flour onto the dough and places it in a mixing bowl or similar. Cover it with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and rest it for 30 minutes at room temperature.
And there you have it a quick and easy way to make your own pasta.
Roll it out cut it up or pass it through a pasta making machine and you are ready to cook your own Fresh Pasta.
Today we have the staple of the kitchen, the slow cooker….
Slow cooking with a slow cooker or crock pot as they are know in the USA is an excellent way of preparing a meal for later consumption.
A quick beef stew can be prepared within half an hour and left to cook for hours, while you are otherwise engaged be it at work or play. Safe in the knowledge that you will have a hot nutritious meal waiting for you upon your return.
How much does it cost to run a Slow Cooker?
The answer is … A whole lot less than a conventional oven.
A small approximately 60w slow cooker will cost around 0.11p (GBP) to run for eight hours. To work out how much it will cost for different slow cookers you need to find the wattage of the slow cooker. (look for a label somewhere on the appliance normally marked W). The formula for working out the exact power consumption cost of an 80w slow cooker is…. divide the power in watts (W) by 1000 to convert to kilowatts (kW).
So 80/1000 = 0.08kW.
To calculate the energy used you need to multiply its rating in kW by the time it is on for, in hours, so for example, for 7 hours cooking time it would use:
7 x 0.08 = 0.56 kWh.
You can get the cost of a kWh from your electricity bill, but typically around 12p/kWh so for this example:
0.56 x 12 = 6.72 pence to run an 80W slow cooker for 7 hours.
So as you can see a slow cooker can not only save you time but also money.
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