Rolling pin

Rolling pin
A wooden "roller" type rolling pin

A rolling pin is a cylindrical food preparation utensil 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. Rolling pins of different styles and materials offer advantages over another, as they are used for different tasks in cooking and baking.

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Types of rolling pins

A tapered (top) and straight (bottom) "rod" type rolling pins
  • Rod: Thin rods typically made of wood around 2–3 cm in diameter. 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 such as making small jiaozi skins or pie shells. Most East Asian or French style rolling pins, and the Turkish Oklava are rod style.
  • Roller: Consists of a thick heavy roller made of a variety of materials around 7–10 cm in diameter with thinner handles which extend through the roller. They are used by grasping the handles and pushing the pin across the dough. Many Western rolling pins are roller types.
  • Textured: Some specialized rolling pins have textured surfaces that mark and indents the dough surfaces for special breads and pancakes.
Textured rolling pin to flatten and perforate Northern European Crisp breads
Striated rolling pin surface for making Norwegian Lefse

In South Asia, the rolling pin (belan) is used in combination with chakla (flat circular rolling board). The dough for chapatis is rolled on chakla with the help of the belan.[1] A modern electronic device called Roti Maker (or Tortilla maker) combines the function of chakla, belan and tava.

Material

Rolling pins come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials including glass, ceramic, acrylic, bakelite, copper, brass, aluminium, silicone, wood, stainless steel, marble, and plastic.[2] 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.[3]

In popular culture

Rolling pins are the stereotypical weapon of angry housewives and are frequently employed in cartoons as an instrument for inflicting cranial injury. According to some cookbooks, heavy wooden roller type rolling pins are best used on kitchen helpers when frustrated, and not on dough.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Glossary of Kitchen Utensils
  2. ^ Rolling Pins by Reginald King.2010
  3. ^ Heloise's Kitchen Hints by Heloise, Prentice-Hall, 1963
  4. ^ Peg Bracken's I Hate to Cook Book and Appendix to the I Hate to Cook Book

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  • Rolling-pin — Roll ing pin , n. A cylindrical piece of wood or other material, with which paste or dough may be rolled out and reduced to a proper thickness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rolling pin — rolling pins N COUNT A rolling pin is a cylinder that you roll backwards and forwards over uncooked pastry in order to make the pastry flat …   English dictionary

  • rolling pin — ► NOUN ▪ a cylinder for rolling out dough …   English terms dictionary

  • rolling pin — n a long tube shaped piece of wood used for making ↑pastry flat and thin before you cook it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rolling pin — rolling ,pin noun count a piece of kitchen equipment in the shape of a tube that you use to make PASTRY flat and thin before you cook it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rolling pin — n. a heavy, smooth cylinder of wood, glass, etc., usually with a handle at each end, used to roll out dough …   English World dictionary

  • rolling pin — noun utensil consisting of a cylinder (usually of wood) with a handle at each end; used to roll out dough • Hypernyms: ↑kitchen utensil * * * noun, pl ⋯ pins [count] : a long cylinder that is used for making dough flat and smooth * * * ˈrolling… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rolling pin — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rolling pin : singular rolling pin plural rolling pins a piece of kitchen equipment in the shape of a tube that you use to make pastry flat and thin before you cook it …   English dictionary

  • rolling pin — roll′ing pin n. a cylinder of wood or other material, usu. with a handle at each end, for rolling out dough • Etymology: 1490–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • rolling pin — /ˈroʊlɪŋ pɪn/ (say rohling pin) noun a cylinder of wood or other material for rolling out pastry, etc …   Australian-English dictionary

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