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June 28, 2022 5 min read

 

Rolling pins can become an addiction for the culinary tool collector as well as a major source of pride for the baker. Choosing the correct rolling pin for your baking isn't as simple as it may appear; there are many types and materials. But with the right one, you'll roll out pie dough like a pro. Here are the top 10 rolling pins to help you make the best choice.

  

Types of Rolling Pins

 

Confused about which is the right rolling pin for you? Continue reading to find out which one will suit your needs:

 

1) Tapered French Rolling Pin (Tapered Rolling Pins)

 

A baker showing the different types of rolling pins that you can have

Credit: Earlywood

 

Many expert bakers prefer the French pin design. They say it's great for evenly spreading tension and strain while rolling dough. Because it lacks handles, the tapered pin feels like a natural extension of your arms, giving you a more sensory experience. Common materials for tapered pins include tight-grained woods like boxwood or beech wood.

The tapered design means the diameter may decrease from the center to the edges, or it may be tapered only at the ends with a consistent diameter in the middle. If you're a regular baker who sees baking as a hobby, tapered French pins are perfect.

 

2) Traditional Wooden Rolling Pins

 

A rolling pin on some pastry with pie cases

Credit: The Spruce

 

This is the kind of rolling pin that you will probably find in most kitchens. They're also called ball-bearing pins and are simple and easy to use. It's a cylindrical pin with handles, made entirely of wood. The handles can make it easier to press and roll dough, which is helpful for young or inexperienced bakers.

However, they keep your hands away from the dough, making it harder to judge thickness. Also, they might be tricky to clean because of their nooks and crevices.

 

3) Marble Rolling Pins

 

A white grey marble rolling pin with wooden handles in a wooden holder

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Who doesn't like some marble in their kitchen? Marble rolling pins function similarly to traditional wooden ones, but the cylinder is made of stone.

Some have wooden handles, while others are entirely marble. These pins are for those who appreciate aesthetics and like working with laminated dough. They're heavy, but you can chill them before rolling, making them great for for temperature-sensitive doughs, like puff pastry. Due to their weight, though, they can be difficult to use and are generally not recommended.

 

4) Laser-Cut Rolling Pins

 

A laser-cut rolling pin that is used to create a pattern on the pastry

Credit: Baking Bites

 

A laser-cut rolling pin has a pattern cut into its surface to add character to your dough. They work best with dough that doesn't rise, as rising doughs can blur the design. They're great for making cookies and other treats with decorative designs. They're also popular in cake decorating for creating engraved designs with fondant.

 

5) Stainless Steel Rolling Pins

 

A stainless steel rolling pin on a wooden board with pastry

Credit: Norpro

 

Like marble rolling pins, stainless steel rolling pins look very professional and retain cold well. They're easy to clean, don't stick to dough, and are typically well-balanced. However, they can be heavy and feel chilly to the touch because of their cold surface.

 

6) Precision or Adjustable Rolling Pins

 

Pepe Nero rolling pin and mat

Credit: Pepe Nero

 

Even if you're an expert, getting dough to the right thickness can be tricky. But with a precision rolling pin, you don't have to guess anymore. These pins are perfect for baking tasks that require accuracy. They have subtle laser-etched markings on the wood, so you don't need a separate ruler. Plus, many of them come with interchangeable rings for precise height adjustments.

These rolling pins combine all the best features of traditional ones in a single package. If you're looking for a versatile precision rolling pin for baking cakes, making pizza dough, pasta, cooking, or fondant, check out Pepe Nero's Rolling Pins.

 

7) Mini Rolling Pins

 

A wooden rolling pin and board with pastry being rolled on it

Credit: Bon Appetit

 

Mini rolling pins, also called Chinese, dumpling, or straight rolling pins, are like regular rolling pins but much smaller. The compact size gives you more flexibility and makes them easier to use with one hand while rolling, allowing you to use your other hand to turn the dough.

 

8) Glass Rolling Pins

 

A glass rolling pin on a wooden table

Credit: Happy Heirloom Garden

 

Glass rolling pins have been used for generations and are now making a comeback. They're easy to use since they work similarly to a traditional rolling pin, with the added advantage that you can add water to adjust their weight. This makes it easier to flatten out dough.

For water temperature, read the instructions that come with a glass rolling pin. If the water is too cold, the rolling pin will sweat, and moisture might transfer to the dough.

 

9) Silicone Rolling Pins

 

A pink silicone roller with pastry on a wooden board

Credit: BigBasket

 

Although they're relatively new, silicone rolling pins have quickly become popular. If you want a rolling pin that's completely nonstick, silicone is your best choice. It's durable, hardly anything sticks to it, and it's dishwasher safe!

 

10) Plastic Rolling Pins

 

A plastic rolling pin with yellow handles on a white board

Credit: DandelionClockStudio

 

Plastic rolling pins are lighter than marble or metal rolling pins and don't retain cold. If anything, they're actually more temperature-balanced. Because of their smooth, non-stick surfaces, bakeries often use them to lay out fondant for cake decorations.

They're easy to clean, but since their surfaces are softer, you should store them away from sharp objects that could scratch them. Scratches can transfer to your fondant. Unlike a wooden rolling pin, you can't smooth down any damage to a plastic rolling pin.

 

How to Take Care of a Rolling Pin

 

A selection of rolling pins on a pastry that has been rolled out on a white marble countertop

Credit: Scott Suchman

 

To keep your rolling pins in good shape and prevent damage or stains, clean them before storing. Use your hand to wipe away any debris and gently scrape off any stuck-on particles with a dull knife. Then, rinse the rolling pin with lukewarm water and a mild dish soap, and dry it promptly.

If you have wooden rolling pins or French rolling pins, avoid soaking them in water to prevent swelling and rot. For rolling pins with grooves or handles, use a toothbrush to remove stuck dough. Lastly, if you have plastic and silicone rolling pins, make sure you store them away from sharp objects to prevent scratching.

 

FAQ Section

 

How do I choose the right rolling pin for my needs?

Consider your baking preferences and the type of dough you usually work with. If you prefer a sensory experience and enjoy working with various dough types, a tapered rolling pin or French-style rolling pins might be best. For beginners who want simplicity, traditional wooden rolling pins with handles are great. Marble pins are ideal for laminated dough, while laser-cut rolling pins add decorative flair to cookies and fondant.

 

Can I use rolling pins for tasks other than baking?

Yes, rolling pins are versatile tools. They can be used for rolling out dough for baking, flattening fondant for cake decorations, and even for tasks like crushing crackers or nuts.

 

Are there any tips for using rolling pins effectively?

When using a rolling pin, apply even pressure to ensure consistent dough thickness. Roll in one direction rather than back and forth to prevent dough from sticking or becoming uneven. If using a heavy rolling pin like marble or stainless steel, chilling it beforehand can help with temperature-sensitive dough. Additionally, dusting the rolling pin and work surface with flour can prevent sticking.

 

Summary

If you're a cook or baker, having a rolling pin is essential. It makes rolling out dough a breeze and gives it the perfect shape. With so many options out there, choosing the right one can be tough. Hopefully, this guide has made things clearer for you! And if you're looking for the best rolling pin, check out Pepe Nero. Our adjustable rolling pins are crafted with precision and durability, making them a must-have in any kitchen. Shop with us today.

 

 


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