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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