Here's a brilliant idea for those who like to make their own pasta: a DIY pasta-drying system involving nothing more than a set of thin wooden dowels and an electric drill.
Such is the secret to Linda Scheibal's production of pasta in her small Napa Valley kitchen. The Calistoga resident is on a mission to bring back the traditional art of making real pasta; she makes her own and air dries it in her kitchen. It was her husband Tom who hit upon the genius idea of drilling holes into the kitchen shelves and fitting them with wooden dowels, which are easily removed when the pasta has dried. Scheibal has gained a local following, so much so that last year she launched her own line of homemade pasta called Pasta Poetry.
Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista
Above: Linda makes 18-inch strips of parsley flecked pappardelle, fettucine, and capellini, which she hangs to dry.
Above: The wooden dowels are stored in a jar when not in use.
Above: The freshly rolled hand-cut pasta is hung on the dowels.
Above: Linda inserts the dowels in the cabinet holes.
Above: Sliding the air dried pasta off onto a baker's tray.
Above: The dowels are spaced just far enough apart so that the pasta does not touch once dried.