The 10 Best Rolling Pins
The Biggest Hit In Your Kitchen
The rolling pin has long been associated with a kind of humorous domestic violence, in which and enraged housewife will chase her husband around the domicile and pound him mercilessly when she catches him. As a weapon, rolling pin is somewhat inefficient, however, especially the traditional style with handles on either end. That design puts the weight of the unit focused too much in the middle of its build, reducing the speed at which you might be able to swing it. The size and shape of the handles is also an issue, as they reduce the amount of comfort you might feel upon impact.
Of course, the rolling pin wasn’t designed to be a weapon, and you probably shouldn’t think of it as such when evaluating which one you’d like to take into your home. As a kitchen utensil, however, the rolling pin is incredibly useful. It’s most common application is in the steady, even flattening out of dough. If you’ve ever tried to flatten out a pizza dough with just your bare hands, you know how difficult this is. The dough has a tendency to pull itself apart and stretch out unevenly, with parts that are too thick or too thin depending on how much pressure you apply with your palms. Rolling pins solve this problem by consistently moving the pressure you apply with your upper body across the dough in an even and measured amount.
Rolling pins have a few other uses, as well, some of which might surprise you, but all of which you’ll find handy in and out of the kitchen. Inside the kitchen, rolling pins make for an excellent meat tenderizers. Simply wrap your rolling pin’s rolling service in cellophane and roll it across a cut of meat. Unlike the crude, pointed hammers traditionally used to tenderize meat, the rolling pin will provide a more even and complete tenderization, helping you make sure that you’ve tenderized every morsel of that meat. Because a rolling pin will make it easier to render certain cuts of meat or fish particularly flat, it’s an excellent application before frying.
If some of your smaller muscle groups suffer from soreness, you may find that a rolling pen could provide relief. Chiropractors and other doctors have a long used rolling mechanisms like these to soothe the muscles of the calves and forearms, as well as other body parts that are a little too small to work with larger foam rollers you may have used at the gym. You can always buy a dedicated tool specifically for massaging your aching muscles, but a good rolling pin can easily pull double duty.
Choosing Your Rolling Pin
It may seem that most rolling pins are more or less the same, and it is true to a certain extent that any of the rolling pins on our list will probably do an excellent job helping you out in the kitchen. But depending on exactly what you like to cook, as well as how you like to clean, one pin may prove superior to another.
The biggest dividing line among rolling pins is whether or not they have dedicated handles. Some units are simply large, tapered dowels of significant strength and sufficient length to provide you with great leverage over dough and meats. Other units, the traditional rolling pins, are cylindrical pieces of wood with tapered handles protruding out of each side. These handles usually attach to a metal rod that runs through the length of the wooden cylinder allowing the cylinder to turn around the rod so that the handles stay still while your rolling pin rolls naturally across your food.
In most instances, rolling pins without dedicated handles are a little bit easier to clean, mainly because they don’t have that small joint between the wood and cylinder and the middle rod where bits of flour, though, or meat might collect. On the negative side, because the part of the rolling pin that you hold is moving, it creates a little more friction in the hand and may prove uncomfortable for some.
Conversely, rolling pins with dedicated handles are a little bit easier to use and a little bit easier to apply more pressure to your foods with, but they do pose the risk of a slightly more involved cleanup.
Once you have decided between these two types of rolling pins, you can focus on things like the exact shape of the handles, as well as any color or style considerations that might make it a better fit for your kitchen.
Other Awesome Kitchen Tools
The rolling pin is a somewhat traditional kitchen implement, even if we’re buying more bread then we’re making nowadays. Still, it’s a good idea to have as complete an arsenal of tools in your kitchen as possible. If you find yourself outfitting your kitchen with a handful of new tools in addition to your new rolling pin, there are some very interesting options on the market that can take your cooking experience to the next level
One of my all-time favorite tools in the kitchen of my childhood, was the apple slicer. Rather than wielding a potentially dangerous knife to cut my apple into pieces, and apple slicer allowed me to simply leverage the weight of my upper body over an apple and watch as the slicer all but instantly rendered my fruit into eight perfectly even sections with the core exquisitely removed.
If you’re in the market for something a little more high-tech and versatile, you may be surprised at how far the common blender has come since it’s creation at the turn of the 20th century. Modern blenders can make and do just about anything, from cooking soups and freezing ice creams to making dough that you can roll with your new rolling pin.
On the traditional track, more in line with the rolling pin, a good chef will always need a high-quality set of knives. Nothing is more dangerous than a dull knife, so make sure that yours are sharp and of the highest quality. Just don’t go around giving them as gifts, as superstition dictates that the gift of a knife will cut a friendship.