Rolling pins are cylindrical kitchen utensils primarily used for shaping and flattening things like pizza dough, pie crusts and biscuits. They can come in many shapes and sizes. They usually come with handles on the ends to enhance grip. You can even find texture so you can print designs into your pie crusts!
Rolling pins aren’t just used for rolling.
- They can be used to crush things like biscuits for making cheesecake
- They are great meat tenderisers (great anger management method)
- You can also use them to crush ice for cocktails!
Types of rolling pins
Rolling pins are mostly made of materials like wood, plastic, stainless steel and even marble.
Non-stick plastic rolling pins are good for rolling out things fondant and other sticky icings.
Marble rolling pins are good for puff pastry as they can be kept in the fridge beforehand which keeps the pastry cool while rolling it out.
Rolling pin alternatives
If you are really in need of a rolling pin and yours has gone walkabout you can use almost any cylindrical devise at your disposal. You could try using; wine bottles, water bottles, drinking glasses, soft drink cans or even tinned food!