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Feb 18, 2009 12:00 PM


I use mineral oil on wooden knife handles, butcher block etc.. Can I use it on my rolling pin, making sure that it absorbs it completely? Any advantage? The rolling pin isn't new and looks OK.

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  1. I'm not a baker but I have my mother's rolling pin which must be about 70 years old. I use it occasionally, wash and dry it, put it away. Nothing else and it still looks and works perfectly.

    1. You can use it on that, sure. Any and all wood products (that you cook with) can benefit from some oil application.

      You are using food grade oil right?

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      1. re: HaagenDazs

        I don't know if it's food grade, never thought about that... it is from Walgreen's - laxative section. So obviously it is for human consumption. Is that the correct kind?

        1. re: Canthespam

          Never had to drink mineral oil... so I'm not going to comment there.

          The "correct" kind in my opinion is butcher block oil. It eliminates any question. You can find it at virtually any store that has a significant kitchen section. Williams-Sonoma, Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc.

          Don't buy this (it's far too expensive) but it is the kind of thing you should look for:

          1. re: HaagenDazs

            I got some butcher block oil from target, I use that on my knives and rolling pin. Agree with HaagenDazs. It was cheap and been using it for quite a while. Never taste anything and quick to absorb.

          2. re: Canthespam

            Yes, "USP" mineral oil that's sold as a laxative should be fine.

            1. re: Canthespam

              If you bought it from Walgreens, it is food grade. I'm a baker and I coat all wood baking tools and surfaces with mineral oil once a month. It make them look nice while it protects the wood.

          3. I've never found the need to oil my rolling pins. Most of the dough has enough fat in it to take care of that. I rinse them of after use to dislodge any stuck on bits, wipe them dry and put them away. I have about 5 different pins that I have accumulated over almost 35 years. none have ever dried out or needed oiling.

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            1. re: Candy

              I agree with Candy, and c oliver above. I just don't see any need to add any oil, and anyway I wonder if some of that mineral oil would get mixed up with the flour and over time create some sort of unpleasant substance. Why bother? Just rinse, wipe dry, and forget about it.

              1. re: johnb

                I washed mine in the dishwasher by mistake, just dried out. I just wiped a little on, very little on. Within a week or so when I used it all had been absorbed. But it seemed to work better. Less sticking Maybe just me ... but if nothing else it looked better :)

            2. Thanks to this thread, I actually dreamt about oiling my rolling pin!!! And, in my dream, it was NOT the right thing to do :) Thought you'd appreciate my middle of the night wisdom!

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              1. re: c oliver

                Disclaimer ... I have NEVER drank/drunk mineral oil. I bought it because I was in Walgreens and it was a lot cheaper than the oil at the cooking stores. El Cheapo here... I figured that mineral oil is mineral oil. (although I didn't know about 'food grade')

                I initially bought it to oil my wood knife handles and the handle of my new Danish Bread Dough whisk, which is a way cool tool, and then I started looking around for something else to use it on.

                Thanks for the replies. This should be my biggest decision of the day :-)

                1. re: Canthespam

                  Sorry! Didn't mean to imply you were drinking it too. ;-) Ha!

                  1. re: HaagenDazs

                    If I ever do start drinking it ... I'll wash it down with a pint of your Vanilla Swiss Almond!

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