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- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Pastecooking
- From: Cor Knops <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 14:33:43 +0200
- Message-Id: <199806251230.FAA19314@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.edu>
- Organization: Knops Boekrestauratie
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Betty Storz wrote (quoting Yehuda Miklaf):
>Nellie Stavisky has a very
>good solution. She bought a little machine for making sauces. It's like a
>very slow coffee grinder with a heater built it. You put in the
>atarch/flour and water and turn it on and go away. It stirs and cooks the
Miklaf is right. Here in Holland nearly all book- and paperrestorers use t=
The procedure is simple: put an amount of starchpowder in the teflon pan a=
nd add four
times as many water to it. Start the machine and let it turn and cook for =
half an hour.
We recently discovered that the paste gets even better (smoother) when you=
heating off and let it stir for 5 or 10 minutes afterwards.
Then you let it cool and pass it through a fine sieve (we made one ourselv=
es from fine-
meshed silkscreenprinting gauze). For most purposes we add some water to i=
make it more spreadable. That's about it. Most of the time this whole proc=
gets in cleaning everything ; all in all it takes about 20 minutes every t=
hree days. The
paste won't keep longer as three days, sometimes four.
Lately we have experimented with conserving the paste in tubes. I made 3 t=
they are all still in good condition (made them on April 4). We opened one=
of them to
see if the paste didn't change it's properties but it was as if it had bee=
n freshly cooked.
The paste in the opened tube lasted surprisingly long as well: two weeks l=
checked it again and it was still in excellent shape.
The machine is called "Le Saucier" and is made in Europe (France) by SEB w=
the same as Tefal. They have a website but last time I visited it it was "=
construction". I bought my machine in France during holidays in a local "s=
march=E9" for about 400 french francs which must be about 60 USD.
Since I have it I can only say that the paste we make is a pleasure to wor=
k with and
that we exactly know what we are using.... something you never can be sure=
you use factory-made paste.
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