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Mission: ImPASTAble 4 | Where The Ruffles Meet The Road

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Mar 15, 2021

(This is part 4 of our series. If you haven't listened to any of the previous episodes yet, start with Part 1!)

The first test batch of Dan’s pasta rolls off the presses, but problems crop up almost immediately. In order to save his shape, Dan has to make some big decisions that come with a high price tag. Then just as things start coming together, a die redesign goes very wrong. 

The photo above shows the difference a die will make. On the left, mafalde extruded through a teflon die. On the right, mafalde extruded through a bronze die. (The die is like the mold for a pasta shape.) While the big companies mostly use teflon, the more traditional bronze die imparts a rough texture, like sandpaper, that boosts sauceability. That’s why Dan decided to make his pasta shape with a bronze die.

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This episode features:

Evan Kleiman, host of the radio show and podcast Good Food

Sfoglini pasta company

Dr. Bhavya Mohan, assistant professor in marketing at the University of San Francisco

Original theme music by Andrea Kristinsdottir. Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

"Twenty 99" by Erick Anderson

"Talk To Me Now (Instrumental)" by Hayley Briasco and Ken Brahmstedt

"Layers" by Erick Anderson

"Lowtown" by Jack Ventimiglia

"Bubble Bath" by Ken Brahmstedt

"Midtown" by Jack Ventimiglia

Photo courtesy of Dan Pashman.

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