by Rick Goldman
A rolling pin is a cylinder-shaped tool that is made of materials like wood or stainless steel. It is mainly used to spread dough and give it a shape. Although noodleit looks simple, it has a lot of utility attached to it. It works best depending on its style and type. The best rolling pin is not only used for flattening dough but also cutting pasta strips or making embossed designs on your cake. However, there are many rolling pins with different types and styles in the market, yet meant for the same purpose. You should do some research on some of the tools and go through the customer review to ensure you are not making a mistake.
When making fresh pasta dough, just like in any other dough, a rolling pin may play a crucial part, while you can’t really go wrong with a rolling pin, there are certainly ways you can get better when you use the right one.
Ebuns French rolling pin features a perfect length and size for easy storing and rolling the dough. It measures 18 inches long and is well hand-crafted with finished waxed barrels and tapered edges. This rolling pin has an easy-grip to provide a smooth lifetime rolling. Also, the rolling pin is made of wood, and you should avoid running it or soaking it in water after using it. However, if there is dough stuck to the pin, you should flour it lightly then brush it out to remove the dough and flour from the pin using a towel without hurting the wood. Remember to use a soft brush when cleaning a textured pin.
The French rolling pin is constructed sturdily to withstand daily use, especially in a professional kitchen. Having this great rolling pin will enable you to roll out uniform dough perfect for everyone. It can cover the entire dough surface, making it easier to spread the mixture out. The rolling pin is also easy to hold when rolling, as its design ensures it won’t slip.
The OXO rolling pin features a non-slippery surface that is quick to wash, and its weight is also ideal for rolling quickly. Again, one of the handles comes with a hole to allow secure storage so you can hang it from a large hook or pot rack. This rolling pin is dishwasher safe and measures a diameter of 2 ½ inches, and it is known for rolling smoothly, thanks to its long-lasting and rugged bearings. It comes with a satisfaction guarantee whereby you are free to for a refund, replacement, or repairs.
This is a perfect rolling pin when cooking pastry, pancakes, spaghetti, soft sweets, dumpling, galletas, ginger cookie, bread, biscuit, egg tart, pie, and pizza. Also, the pin comes with a measuring pastry mat, which is adopted to help you roll the dough to the desired thickness. After kneading your dough, you can clean the pastry mat and rolling pin using water. Again, you can adjust the length of the rolling pin in 17 inches and can be used to create different mixtures.
Additionally, this fantastic pin comes with a 10 inches long barrel and a resting case to prevent it from falling and getting scratches and cracks. Besides, it has nylon ball bearings to offer smooth rolling. It is advisable to refrigerate the marble pin for about 30 minutes before using it. Also, cleaning it is a breeze as you can wash it with soapy water and then pat it to dry. It is perfect for rolling out the dough for pizza, cookies, and pastry. It also weighs 4.6 pounds hence not super lightweight for rolling hard dough. It is very comfortable when rolling, and it’s able to cool the mixture.
Quellance adjustable rolling pin is manufactured using a high-quality 430 stainless steel material, which is resistant to damage and rust. It features a stylish and elegant design with a high-grade satin-brushed finish. It comes with four rings with different sizes, which include 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 10mm. This is the perfect companion and tool for cooking and baking. It easily kneads dough to the desired thickness for an old hand and a novice. It comes with a pastry mat for measuring the perfect sizes. The rolling pin is adjustable in 17-inches-long and can be used for creating any mixture such as pie, biscuit, pizza, sift sweets, and bread.
It is also perfect for children; you can teach your kids how to bake in the kitchen. Once you have removed all the rings, it becomes a straight rolling pin. This stainless steel rolling pin is perfect for both professional and newcomer cooks; it makes everyone comfortable when rolling. This is not one of the rolling pins that break down in weeks, but it is well constructed to last for many years.
Even if you are using a food processor to make your dough, you still need to work it out for a few min with a rolling pin (or by hand), this will inject more air into your dough and will give your pasta a lighter feel, rather than a condensed and heavier texture which you normally get with mass produced pasta.
Actually size is prob’ the only thing that matter when it comes to rolling pins, the rest is up to you to do the work. most rolling pins range between 10″-14″, I recommend getting one that will fit to your surface (if you are making fresh pasta that means you should have a large surface) or at least a 12″ rolling pin, this will give you the flexibility to work the dough in many directions and angles, creating pressure on the parts of the dough you want to to push more. a larger rolling pin will make your work easier when it comes to working out dough, the reason is with the length – size of the pin, with a bigger pin you can apply more pressure with less effort.
As in most matters the french has their own way of rolling, and so is true to rolling pins, the french rolling pins shaped differently from the standard rolling pin we know, it has more of an oval shape and no handles, so that the whole pin is longer, but with different pressure points, at the beginning I thought that when you work with a french rolling pin you get less space to interface with the dough, but I learned to appreciate it more and more, it actually gives you more space and length, as french rolling pins runs up to 20″ long, which is a huge advantage on the standard rolling pin.
This is one of my favorit pasta gadgets, the ravioli rolling pin, unlike the standard rolling pin, the ravioli pin, will help you shape your ravioli cuts with much less effort, note that this rolling pin is not a replacement for the pin you’ll have to work your dough with, but a nice add-on to make your ravioli more unified.
As I mentioned earlier you can’t really go wrong with rolling pin, since most rolling pins are very accessible, I tend to go for the highest quality, since I don’t see myself getting a new rolling pin very often, I rather get one that I’ll like and that would last for many years, for a standard rolling pin, I’ll most likely get a stainless steel pin, while if you are interested in a french rolling pin, I’ll recommend looking into a higher end maple rolling pin.
From the stainless steal category, I find the OXO Good Grips Rolling Pin and the Norpro Professional Weight Stainless Steel Rolling Pin to be dominating the category, both are stainless steel rolling pins, with a bit of a heavier feel and very high quality.
For a wooden rolling pin, my first choice will be the J.K. Adams GRP-2 Gourmet Rolling Pin, made of high quality maple wood, this rolling pin is ideal for any type of flour for pasta.
Though there are some flat french rolling pins out there, I prefer the one with more of an oval shape, I think that it gives more flexibility when working on the dough to attack it form many different angles, I really like the Vic Firth Maple Rolling Pins for this exact reason
hope you enjoy this post and that you feel ready to start rolling, remember there is no wrong way to roll when you deal with a dough, the best way to know which rolling pin is the best for you is simply to roll with it.
About Rick Goldman
Rick Goldman's grandpa was a captain of a California coast cruise.
With this luxury, as a young boy Rick traveled to exciting places of the Pacific Coast.
Together Rick and family tried different types of cuisine with their most popular foods.
Nowadays, Rick really likes blogging from the beautiful garden of his grandpa's home to share their magical journeys and culinary experiences togehter of the old days for everyone.