How to Keep Wooden Rolling Pins in Good Condition

Close-up of Rolling Pins on Table
Nancy Habbas / EyeEm / Getty Images

Shaping and flattening dough is the easiest when used with a rolling pin. This type of cylindrical food tool can be found in two styles, including a roller pin and a rod pin. While roller types have a thick cylinder and tiny handles at the ends, rod pins are thinner. The most popular categories of rolling pins include rods, rollers, specialized textures, and Chakla Belan (special to Indian cuisine).

These versatile cooking utensils come in a wide way of materials, like glass, ceramic, aluminum, wood, and plastic. The type of rolling pin you choose makes a big difference in your desired food. For example, long rolling pins are used in Japanese cuisine to make udon noodles, while striated rolling pins are used for Norwegian Lefse.

How to Care for Wooden Rolling Pins

One of the most popular rolling pins out there is the wooden American or "baker's" rolling pin. This type of roller is especially comfortable for the hands and arms when using it to flatten dough. Whether you want to make biscuits, cookies, or pie, a wooden pin will do the trick. If you are interested in buying a classic rolling pin that's versatile, a simple Maple wood rolling pin could be a great asset to your kitchen.

Lucky for you, wooden rolling pins will virtually last a lifetime with very little fuss. However, wooden rolling pins need a little bit of tender, love, and care in order to last longer. The secret is simply to not leave it too long in water. Before storing it away, you also need to dry it completely. For example, say you've just cooked up a pizza and used your wooden rolling pin. After you're done baking, it's recommended to immediately handwash it in hot sudsy water. Make sure to use only a plastic scouring pad if pastry residue is difficult to wash off. Then, you want to rinse your rolling pin well and dry it completely with a towel. You can store it anywhere in your kitchen, but a drawer or cupboard is best.

Conditioning Wooden Rollers

Generally, it's not necessary to condition wooden rolling pins. Carefully washing and drying your pin is often sufficient for taking care of them long-term. In fact, wooden pins can be extremely old and still be in excellent condition.

However, if your pin has had too much heat, there is a possibility that the wood could crack. This particularly happens when you excessively dry your rolling pin, which is one of the reasons why washing it in the dishwasher is not recommended. The heating cycle easily dries out the wood, and a long wash cycle can overly soak it as well.

To help your rolling pin in this type of situation, you could try using an oil you'd use in a salad, or some type of mineral oil, to rub it with. This type of conditioning treatment should be safe for wooden food bowls or breadboards, so make sure that the oil you're using won't damage it.