Monday, January 30, 2012

A Mysterious Kitchen Tool to Some, But Not to Me!

Every once in a while I scan certain blogs just to see what’s new in the world of food. When I came across a post on ‘Taste of Beirut’ recently, I became very excited. Joumana, the Taste of Beirut blogger, wrote about a ‘mysterious kitchen tool’ where she asked her readers if they could identify it. Immediately I knew it was a manti-cutting tool, and that it was a MUST-HAVE in my Armenian kitchen. Before I had a chance to send my thought, someone else commented that it looked like a manti rolling tool. And it was – the Mantimatic! (How could you not love that name?? Mantimatic…it just rolls off your tongue!)
The Mantimatic (Image from TasteofBeirut.com)

I posted my own comment to Joumana  asking where – in the United States – would I  be able purchase one. (Joumana bought hers in Beirut.) She kindly wrote back suggesting I might find one in an Armenian store in Los Angeles or Glendale, CA. Well, since I live in south Florida, making a trip to California to search for a mantimatic was simply out-of-the-question. Instead I put out my feelers to cousins and friends who live on the west coast. The results of those inquiries were unsuccessful, so I contacted Armenian-Middle Eastern stores and wholesalers from South Florida to New York City to San Francisco and came up empty handed.
Now it’s my turn to ask my readers for help:

If you'll recall, my first try at making manti wasn't all that succuessful - it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great, either. Perhaps making dough from scratch and having a precise cutting device, would improve my next attempt.

With that in mind, can anyone reading this PLEASE tell me where -or- how  can I purchase a mantimatic?
Any thoughts and/or  information regarding a source would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks everyone!

13 comments:

  1. Dikranagertzi to the boneJanuary 30, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    I'm sure you've already done this, but could you get someone to check out the stores in Paterson?

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    1. There is a store in Paterson - at 251 Crooks Ave. -Akmarket - Turkish , but they have similar food. Phone: 973-742-3700
      and...Cihane Pastunesi 358 Lawton Ave. Cliffside PArk, NJ 201-840-6111...
      You may wish to contact them to see if they have what you are looking for..

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    2. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  2. Dik' to the boneJanuary 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    A search of 'mante dough cutter' brought up these sites, but they seem to all the same product and all are extremely expensive.

    http://www.tulumba.com/storeItem_tr.asp?ic=HO242942DC416

    http://www.buyarabic.com/storeItem.asp?ic=HO242942DC416

    http://doughforpastamaker.blogspot.com/2011/12/buy-dough-cutter-raviolimanti-style.html

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  3. Thanks! My family has already been to the Paterson stores, but no luck. I have another source who knows where to get it in Beirut, so with any luck, I should end up owning one. Now, if we can only get some stores in the U.S. to carry them...

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  4. I actually just found it by mistake, but I would NEVER spend this kind of money for it! I'll stick with my pizza wheel! I had looked myself when I saw Joumana's post but couldn't find one in the U.S. When I just went to pull up the link to the closest option I could find (in FL) to send you (Expandable Cutter), I saw that they had one of these as well! (Universal Adjustable Cutter $259.99)

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  5. Oh my, Chris! I'm hoping the actual mantimatic doesn't cost as much as the Universal Adjustable Cutter you mentioned. At that price, I can made a lifetime supply of manti using a rolling pin and pizza wheel.
    Thanks for checking.

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    1. I know, I couldn't even justify the cost of their expandable cutter. Depending on how many blades, they were $66-$100. I'll definitely stick with the pizza wheel! It would be a great tool to have though. I realllllly wish there was some sort of Paklava press cutter so you could do the whole tray in one shot. :)

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  6. When I made my own dough, I used a ravioli cutter wheel.
    Love you blog

    Linda

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    1. Good thought; the ravioli cutter seems to be an appropriate alternative. Thanks.

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  7. I can check the stores in Watertown/Belmont, Massachusetts. Just looked at two online and didnt see it offered, but I'll look when I'm there in person later this week.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. How kind of you to offer to check!

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  8. I know a lot of people grew up having their mothers cook everything for them and they never participated in the cooking process. Kitchen tool expert

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