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Thursday, February 20, 2014

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Rolling Pins

A rolling pin is used to shape and flatten dough. Two styles of rolling pins are found; roller and rods. Roller types consists of a thick cylindrical roller with small handles at each end; rod type rolling pins are usually thin tapered batons. The standard length for a French rolling pin is 20 inches. The standard length for a roller rolling pin is 12 inches.

The rod type rolling pin is also known as a French rolling pin. They are used by rolling the rod across the dough using one's palm. The pins may be tapered at one or both ends for more pivot control in certain tasks. The rod is easier on your hands and wrists. You place your palm on each end of it and roll using even pressure across the dough. Your hands touch the dough and touching the dough too much risks heating the dough from your hand warmth, so you need to work quickly.

The Roller style consists of a thick heavy roller made of a variety of materials with thinner handles which extend through the roller. They are used by grasping the handles and pushing the pin across the dough. You need to apply more force on the dough the dough is not stretched as evenly because you're exerting pressure in uneven ways.

Some rolling pins are one piece with handles, a cross between both types of rolling pins. Some are specialized with textured surfaces that mark and indents the dough surfaces for special breads and pancakes.

Rolling pins come in a variety materials including glass, ceramic, acrylic, copper, brass, aluminium, silicone, wood, stainless steel, marble, and plastic. Some are hollow and are able to be filled with cold or warm water to better roll a desired food. Marble rolling pins are often cooled in a refrigerator for maintaining a cold dough while making puff pastry. Many wooden rolling pins stick to the dough and a wooden roll cannot be chilled for pastry. Marble rolling pins are heavy and can really squash delicate pastry and is prone to chipping. But they remain cold. Stainless steel rolling pins hold cold well and are always easy to clean, usually well balanced. But they're heavy and may feel too cold to the touch. Silicone, and other non-stick surface rolling pins, can be chilled if needed. Silicone rolling pins don't stick and they're really easy to clean. Glass rolling pins allow cold water inside them to keep them chilled for rolling the dough but don't let them sweat on the dough.

How can you display a rolling pin. Whether you have one or many there are lots of ways to display them.

Here is my vintage celluloid rolling pin that I displayed using chrome coat hooks.

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