Few things are more tasty than a home-cooked Italian meal. Having the proper kitchen equipment makes Italian cooking easier. Everything you need should be available at cookware or major department stores.
A stainless steel, hand-cranked pasta machine helps cooks churn out homemade pastas. These are clamped to the edge of a table or counter, and a variety of sizes and shapes of pasta are rolled out through various attachments.
A mezzaluna is a half-moon-shaped knife with handles at the ends of the blade. Cooks roll the blade from side to side to chop herbs and vegetables. Be careful using a mezzaluna as the blade is extremely sharp.
A five-quart pot is a good size for cooking for two. Purchase one with an inner draining basket that has handles. Once the water has come to a boil and pasta is cooked, raise the basket up by its handles to drain.
A basic, four-sided grater will work just fine for most needs. Another option is a rotary cheese grater, which has a container to catch the cheese. The grater may have different-size apertures as well.
A nifty tool is a ravioli cutter, which is handy for cutting ravioli or pizza.
- E-rcps.com: Utensils
- The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian; Jeff Smith; 1993
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