How to Use a Rolling Pin

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Roll your dough into a ball. Place the ball on a flat surface.

Ideally, the dough should be put on a silicone mat. This way, the silicone mat does not need to be floured to be rolled out.

If you’re using your countertop only to roll out your dough, grab a handful of flour and sprinkle the flour in a large area. The flour should cover an area larger than the length of your rolling pin.

Place the dough on top of the floured countertop or on the silicone mat.

Grab a smaller handful of flour cover your rolling pin in flour. Use your hands to run the flour up and down the rolling pin to give it a good coating.

Grab a small handful of flour and sprinkle the flour onto your dough. Your dough will need less flour if it’s a dry dough. If the dough is quite sticky, you’ll need to put a lot of flour on the dough.

Placing flour on your rolling pin and dough will prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.

It’s a pain to remove dough from the rolling pin. If you do end up getting dough on your rolling pin, clean it off with a cloth.

If clumps of dough accumulate on the rolling pin, this will create a pit in the dough when you roll the clump into the dough.

If your rolling has handles, grab the handles and put it in the center of the dough.

Use a bit of pressure to push the dough with the rolling pin to flatten it out a bit.

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If you’re wanting to roll out a rectangle, continue rolling in the same direction. This will create a rectangular dough.

If you’re wanting to roll out a circle, roll the dough diagonally and vertically to make the dough into a circle.

Roll the dough from the center to the edges. This will make the center of the dough become more uniform in width as you continue rolling the dough to the required thickeness.

You can roll the dough towards you, and forwards. Try to make the entire dough as even as possible. If you’re wanting a more accurate measurement for your dough, you can try using a rolling pin with thickness rings.

When you’re finished rolling out your dough, you can use it right away, or place it in the fridge if you’re not quite ready to use it yet.

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What can you use a rolling pin for

There are many uses for a rolling pin, including:

  • rolling out pastry dough
  • rolling out cookie dough
  • rolling out a butter layer for croissant dough
  • rolling out croissants
  • rolling out tart dough
  • rolling out pizza dough
  • rolling out dumplings
  • rolling out tortillas
  • rolling out pita
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Other Uses for rolling pins:

  • smash candy, caramel, etc.
  • place food items in a resealable bag. Roll the bag until it’s flattened. Place the bag in the freezer to save space. This works well for meat storage or meat tenderizing.

Types of rolling pins

  • French wooden rolling pin – pastry dough
  • Turkish rolling pin – dumplings, baklava, tortillas
  • regular wooden rolling pin with or without handles
  • dowel wooden rolling pin
  • marble rolling pin – croissant dough
  • glass rolling pin
  • silicone rolling pin
  • textured rolling pin – creates designs on dough
  • fondant rolling pin

How to clean a rolling pin

To clean a rolling pin, gently wipe the rolling pin with a wet cloth until it’s clean. Let it air dry.

Do not soak the rolling pin in the sink, as this will cause the wood to warp and will not rolling your dough straight.

How to store a rolling pin

Store a rolling pin in a drawer or cabinet. This will prevent dust buildup on your rolling pin. Store it in an area that is dry so it will remain in good condition for years to come.