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Choosing the Perfect Rolling Pin

Posted by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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When I had my bridal shower over seven years ago, I remember receiving a rolling pin signed by all the women in my family. It was more of a memento than an actual kitchen tool. It was meant to symbolize eternal love - round like a wedding ring, strong and powerful. I still have it on display in my kitchen. But since then, I've needed an actual, functional rolling pin for everything from making piecrust to rolling out flour tortillas. As with any of my kitchen related quests, I started my hunt with a bit of research.

There are several different kinds of rolling pins - all of which have specific jobs.

Rod - A rod style rolling pin is exactly what it sounds like. It's a rounded stick that is shorter and easier to maneuver when making large batches of flat breads, pastries or piecrusts. It's also easier on the hands and wrists.

Standard Rolling Pin - This is the traditional type that has two handles on each end that are attached with axels so that the middle cylinder rolls when pressure is put upon it.

Within the standard rolling pin family there are marble, wood, glass, non-stick and stainless steel varieties. Each one serves a different purpose. Stainless steels are good for keeping temperatures low while working with your food. Non-stick rolling pins are the easiest ones to clean. Marble rolling pins are heavy but they never transfer heat to your dough.  Glass rolling pins are made so that cold water can be poured inside them and keep your dough at the perfect temperature.

Length must also be considered. A good size choice is 12 inches. Any longer and they may be too hard to worth with.

Moms, which rolling pins do you have in your kitchen?

Photo courtesy of DNY59, via iStock Photography

by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 24, 2013 at 5:50 AM

I have a standard wooden rolling pin, and I just hate using it.

I also have this one from Pampered Chef and absolutely LOVE it!


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dVIA6da8vGU/TNGbjXpK_FI/AAAAAAAAAUY/AEXH_5Nyt1M/s1600/smRollingPinWood.jpg

brownhoney21
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 5:55 AM

 A standard one.

TerriC
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:34 AM

I have a regular old wooden one, but my favorite is my Pampered Chef rolling pin with a roller on each side.

TerriC
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:34 AM

 LOL, I didn't see this before I posted mine!


Quoting michiganmom116:

I have a standard wooden rolling pin, and I just hate using it.

I also have this one from Pampered Chef and absolutely LOVE it!


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dVIA6da8vGU/TNGbjXpK_FI/AAAAAAAAAUY/AEXH_5Nyt1M/s1600/smRollingPinWood.jpg


 

batjmom
by Sarah on Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:55 AM

 I have a standard wood rolling pin

TigerofMu
by on Apr. 24, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I had a standard wooden rolling pin, which I am perfectly happy with, but it broke.  I didn't want to pay the insane amount for a new one, so I rolled everything out by hand until I found one at the second hand store.  Now I have a very heavy marble rolling pin.

goddess99
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I have this rolling pin but I don't like it.


GwenMB
by Member on Apr. 24, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I have a standard wooden rolling pin.  I had no idea there were so many varieties!  Now I'm wondering if a glass one, that I could put cold water into, would be better for pie crusts, esp since I'm making gluten free ones.

jessicasmom1
by Laina on Apr. 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM

just like the photo above a old wooden rolling pin I love it!

lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Apr. 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I have a standard wooden one.

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