How to Keep Wooden Rolling Pins in Good Condition

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Shaping and flattening dough is easiest when used with a rolling pin. This type of cylindrical food tool can be found in two styles: 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 (pin and board used in 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 during preparation of 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 flatbread.

How to Care for Wooden Rolling Pins

One of the most popular rolling pins 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 is versatile, a simple maple wood rolling pin could be a great asset to your kitchen.

Wooden rolling pins will virtually last a lifetime with very little fuss. However, a wooden rolling pin needs a little bit of tender, love, and care in order to last longer. The secret is simply to not leave it standing in water.

Before storing it away, you also need to dry it completely. For example, after you are done baking, immediately hand wash it in hot sudsy water. Make sure to use only a plastic scouring pad if pastry residue is difficult to wash off. Then, 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 is 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 was exposed to 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 salvage your rolling pin, try using some olive oil that you would use in a salad, or food-grade mineral oil, to rub it with. This type of conditioning treatment is safe for wooden food bowls and breadboards, too.