Ravioli Daze

Last spring I got into making ravioli.  After the the first session of cutting them out by hand a ravioli press sounded really really good.

 We went to the cooking store to scope one out.  It seemed a little pricey at $25 so I thought I’d try to make one.

Molly:  Admit it, you wanted to make one from the beginning.  I know how your mind works!

Mike:  Come on, $25 for a little piece of aluminum.  It was screaming for me to reproduce it.

We took a bunch of photos of the press and I went home and drew it up on the computer.  It took me hours and hours to get all the little squiggles to line up correctly.  Good thing I don’t get paid for my time or I would have been losing lots of money.

The first version I made from wood.  Here’s the CNC router in action:

Cutting out the ravioli press on the cnc machine

The CNC router cut and cut and delivered up a beautiful ravioli press.

ravioli press and dough

Mike and Dumpling making ravioli

spinach filling

cutting out raviolis

Dumpling and I tested it out and it worked out pretty well.

pan of raviolis

We made a few ravioli.

lots and lots of ravioli

Then we went a little nuts…

On the wooden press I didn’t make the tops of the zig-zags sharp enough so we had to go back and cut them apart by hand.  Also, the size of the ravioli was slightly smaller than the typical ravioli.  Even though the wooden press worked fine I still wanted to try making a metal one.

foam molds

Using the CNC router I cut a test out of foam.

casting the ravioli press

and cast it in aluminum.

failed casting

It almost worked…

close up of squiggles

I love the way the squiggles look.

I know that I can go a little overboard trying to make (most) things.   Like this one, not all projects are a success.  I like the challenge regardless and I always learn something along the way that ultimately will apply to future projects.

A couple months later I found a ravioli press on sale so…I ended up buying it.  It works great.

Molly: Yum! lobster ravioli!

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  1. Kristy Gardner
    Posted January 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    HAHAHAHA – you did make a “few” ravioli..

    and BTW, very clever making your own ravioli maker! i’m impressed! i’m even more impressed that you took photos as you went since i received one of these as my “monthly present” (yes I’m spoiled) from my John and I didn’t have the first clue how to use it. So thank YOU!

  2. Posted January 17, 2012 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you find so many uses for your CNC machine.  You know, we are starting to run out of scrap wood ourselves to play with. We used a lot of it reframing babci’s as we gut her rooms.   You should share your ravioli dough recipe. I only made raviolis once and my husband said it was like eating building materials. I used too much semolina.  I think I should just use babci’s simple egg dough recipe (eggs+flour).  I should try it again sometime.

    • Posted January 21, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

      Semolina tastes great but does stiffen up the dough a lot.  I use the kitchenaid  mixer to beat the crap out of it and add extra water to help soften the dough.  Looks like we’re doing lobster ravioli as a follow up next week.

  3. Sandy
    Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Ravioli Makers are one of those things that folks get as gifts and then never use them. You can usually find them in garage sales or thrift stores (where I found mine, many years ago) for very cheap.

    I would love to see your lobster ravioli recipe!

    • Posted January 19, 2012 at 7:16 am | Permalink

      We are great contributors to thrift stores but rarely go.  I get bored really fast shifting through all that stuff to find a treasure.
      I think I’ll change next weeks recipe from pumpkin soup to lobster ravioli- it only makes sense as a follow up!

  4. Posted January 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Yum!!  I love ravioli.  My kids would love some made from scratch.

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