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I have to avoid letting the pasta get wide enough to touch one of the sides of the roller because if it does, the grease inside gets on the edge of the pasta. The other side doesn't do it at all. I've tried feeding pasta through a bunch to see if it could just pick it all up and eventually stop, but it doesn't. I started to take it apart but I wasn't able to remove the dial, and without that I can't get the plate off on that side.

It would be nice to be able to roll out the pasta to the point where the edge makes it all square. No big deal I guess, but it does make it tough to deal with anything but minimal amounts of dough at a time.

Any ideas for getting it to stop?

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My hand-cranked pasta roller came with instructions to make a throw-away batch the first time to "clean" the machine and get rid of the excess oil. It worked as expected and I don't get oily dough. Since trying that hasn't worked for you, I'd say there's something wrong with the machine. –  Allison Feb 15 '11 at 7:45
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I've almost never seen a pasta roller that doesn't do this at least a little. My 30-year-old hand-cranked one does it, same as my Kitchen Aid. I have always figured it was a side-effect of the plain bearings (essentially one piece of lubricated metal rubbing flat against another), which eventually blackens any oil intended to lubricate them.

I've been left trying to avoid the pasta reaching the edge as this is when it happens (as you've seen). When it does get discolored, my solution has always been to just trim off or discard the edge wherever it gets the black stuff on it.

I don't think you should be using the edge of the pasta roller to square up your dough in any case. If you want to make it more square, run the dough ball through, then fold the resulting sheet in thirds or whatever will make it narrow enough to feed through perpendicular to your first feeding and then run it through again. If you fold it carefully and feed it squarely, your edges will be quite square to each other. I think there may even be an illustration of this in the instructions for the Kitchen Aid pasta roller. It takes practice but it works well.

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It shouldn't be doing that. I think you should call KitchenAid and ask for a repair/replacement.

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My KitchenAid pasta roller definitely doesn't do this. –  justkt Feb 15 '11 at 2:50
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