How to produce artisanal dry pasta
The artisanal cycle to produce artisanal dry pasta is the result of centuries of history and tradition. In all these years it has changed in the processing and treatment phase, while keeping the product intact and as good as it once was.
The main ingredients remained semolina flour, durum wheat and water. Fundamental to being able to produce artisanal dry pasta in Italy is the exclusive use of durum wheat semolina, which contains that tenacious gluten that allows it to keep cooking and remain al dente.
Selection of the raw material to produce dry pasta
The chosen grain is selected for grinding based on its hygienic, chemical and physical characteristics. Italian law states that only durum wheat semolina can be used to produce dry pasta.
This is because durum wheat semolina contains that tenacious gluten that allows dry pasta to keep cooking and remain al dente. The selection of durum wheat semolina is an important and delicate phase, which influences the quality of the final product itself.
Grinding of wheat or legumes for the production of dry pasta
Once the grain has been chosen, is it taken to the mill to be first sieved, cleaned of impurities? of the harvest, then ground to obtain the best quality semolina.
In order to produce dry pasta, only durum wheat is used, while soft wheat and therefore the flour obtained from it, is destined for bakeries and the confectionery industry.
The dough with semolina
The dough thus takes on its characteristic appearance. With the subsequent extrusion phase, the well-worked dough becomes homogeneous and elastic.
So pasta is? a food obtained exclusively from the processing of durum wheat semolina and water, does not contain salt and Italian law prohibits the addition of preservatives and dyes.
Drawing of dry pasta
The die is a cylindrical tool in bronze or Teflon, with inlet and outlet holes; the “extruder” gives the dough the plastic shape of the format to be produced.
The pasta obtained from bronze drawing has a rough and porous surface, which allows you to better retain some condiments.
Pasta drying cycle
Drying represents the most delicate moment of the entire production cycle. During this phase, the pasta is left to rest inside the static dryers ventilated with hot air. This cycle will serve to reduce the water content and reach the maximum humidity limit of 12.5% required by law.
Inside the dryers, the electrically operated ventilation groups generate hot air currents, which hit the pasta, drying it. The drying process has a variable duration, depending on the type of pasta being produced.
The control of drying times, ventilation cycles, temperature and humidity control is entrusted to a PLC (Programmable Logic Control) Programmable Logic Controller.
Packaging of dry pasta
The pasta packaging phase fulfills the dual function of preserving the product from contamination by external agents and presenting it to the consumer accompanied by the appropriate information label.
The packaging phase fulfills the dual function of preserving the product from contamination by external agents and presenting it to the consumer accompanied by the appropriate information label.
Training course for dry pasta production
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