Rolling Pins For Evenly-Flattened Dough

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What do pie crusts, pizza dough and sugar cookies have in common? They’ll look and taste better when you use a rolling pin. A rolling pin’s weight is uniformly spread across its surface area, meaning you’ll achieve uniform thickness of whatever you may be rolling out. But which one should you buy? That depends on a few factors, including your budget and whether you plan to display it on the counter or stow it away while not in use.

Multiple Thicknesses

Accessories with measurements take guesswork out of dough width; made of solid beech wood. Joseph Joseph

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Some rolling pins have rings on either side of the pin, which allows you to set the thickness of your dough. The rings lift up the rolling pin to achieve the specified thickness of a in a recipe and take the “I think this looks like ¼ of an inch” guesswork out of rolling out dough. Evenly-rolled dough ensures cooking will be more uniform, without certain areas getting overcooked or underdone.

Doesn’t Absorb Ingredients

This option is made of stone and weighs nearly five pounds. It comes with a wooden holder. Fox Run

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If you regularly use your rolling pin, you may want to keep it on the counter. If so, look for one with a holder (or buy a holder separately) for easy display. Marble rolling pins are good bets if you frequently roll out puff pastries, since the pin can be chilled in the fridge prior to use.

Rust-Proof Bearings

This durable and moisture-resistant product is comfortable to hold and easy to clean. Farberware

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A rolling pin doesn’t need to be fancy to get the job done. While a beautiful one can become an anchor design point on the counter, a basic one can roll things just as well. Make sure to read the cleaning instructions. Even moisture-resistant ones may become warped in the dishwasher. Many are hand-wash only and can be easily cleaned with a quick rinse.