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Dec 2, 2008 09:49 AM

Rolling pins -- Which is best?

Hi there,

I'm looking to invest in a good rolling pin to bake for the holidays. From your experiences, which type is best?

The French (long, tapered, solid wood) or the two-piece composite style?
Is wood better or marble?
Light or heavy weight?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I really love my maple french rolling pin. I've used it on everything from pie crusts to cookie dough and it always makes me very happy. I don't really like the two piece composite ones, I have a harder time rolling thin crusts that way.

    1. I use a plain old closet rod, cut to about 24". It's cheap, easy to maneuver, and if I lose or damage it, Home Depot has more!

      1. It depends on what I am doing. I have several pins and the one I use the most is a heavy, large maple Banton pin. It has ball bearings and rolls beautifully. If I am doing pasta sheets I like my antique maple pin. It is hand made and about 1" in diameter. It is great for that task. I also have a french pin and a seldom used marble pin. After getting the Banton the marble pin just went into a drawer and hasn't come out much.

        1. Thanks everybody!

          It just happens that Home Depot is 5-minutes away from my home so I popped over there but couldn't find any rods/dowels that were sufficiently thick, heavy and smooth.

          After reading your posts and talking with the kitchenware shop owner, I bought a traditional-style one piece maple pin. Over 1-inch thick, it's quite heavy and doesn't taper at the ends. At $50, it is far pricier than I expected (compared to the pins made from different kinds of wood, including bamboo).

          The instructions that came attached advised against washing with detergent and/or water, as it will remove the oils and may cause the wood to warp or crack. Instead, I'm to run flour along its length before toweling off. Do you do this with your wooden pins?

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          1. re: DishyDiva

            that seems a litle expensive to me but if it works well then it's worth it. i think i got mine from bedbath for under 10 (french style- i think maple?) but i'm not sure when. I had also had my eye on some of the non stick ones.... but at the time I needed a bunch of stuff and the $30 ticket deterred me.

            1. re: qwerty78

              I forgot to mention my new $50 rolling pin is so expensive because it was handcrafted locally. I can't say how well it works as I haven't tried it out yet. Even so, I can understand the expense, it has a beautiful grain and is as smooth as marble.

              Thanks again, everyone for your input!

          2. does anybody have one of these slick looking aluminum pins?


            seems like they would be pretty dope-- stick em right in the fridge to chill. i learned about them on another chowhound thread months ago, and i can't stop thinking about this pin :) i guess that means i should just order one and write my own dang review, huh.

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            1. re: soupkitten

              I saw that same thread and I've had my eye on one ever since too. I'd never heard of them before that. I think that just might end up being my Christmas gift to myself.