A wooden "roller" type rolling pin
A wooden "roller" type rolling pin
Atta dough being rolled with a rolling pin during the preparation of chapati
Atta dough being rolled with a rolling pin during the preparation of chapati

A rolling pin is a cylindrical food preparation utensil used to shape and flatten dough. Two styles of rolling pin are found: rollers and rods. Roller types consists of a thick cylinder with small handles at each end; rod type rolling pins are usually thin tapered batons. Rolling pins of different styles and materials offer varying advantages, as they are used for different tasks in cooking and baking.

Types of rolling pins

A tapered (top) and straight (bottom) "rod" type rolling pins
A tapered (top) and straight (bottom) "rod" type rolling pins
A wooden belan rolling pin is used on a round chakla to make chapatis
A wooden belan rolling pin is used on a round chakla to make chapatis

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.[4] 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.[5]

In popular culture

An angry housewife wielding a rolling pin as a weapon is a common cliché in humour, as, for example, in the English comic strip Andy Capp.

See also

References

  1. ^ Green, Anna. "Personalize Your Pastries With Embossed Rolling Pins". Mental Floss. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. ^ Nandita Godbole, 2016, Roti: Easy Indian Breads & Sides.
  3. ^ Chitra Agrawal, 2017, Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn, page 35.
  4. ^ Rolling Pins by Reginald King.2010
  5. ^ Heloise's Kitchen Hints by Heloise, Prentice-Hall, 1963