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I am looking to get a rolling pin for myself (I am looking to move past the empty wine bottle). Does anyone have a suggestion on a good one that will help to roll out breads, pie crusts and pizza crusts, something not too expensive and nice to hold?

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  1. Me think any rolling pin you can buy at Canadian Tires (or other hardware stores, Rona, HomeDepot, ...) will be wnough for most if not all jobs.

    No need to spend more money at "gourmet" stores like Les Touilleurs.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      I agree. I've had a plain old wooden one that probably came from the grocery store for 25 years or so. A few years ago my husband gave me one that probably cost a lot of money-- it's very heavy with a nonstick surface. But which one do I continue to use? You can guess.

    2. I really like a plain, no handled rolling pin - like this --
      http://www.amazon.com/Vic-Firth-Frenc...

      But you don't have to buy one. If you're looking for low cost and highly usable, get Marcella Hazan's "Cucina" from the library and she tells you how to make a good wooden rolling pin from a nize sized wooden dowel. Have it cut to length, sand it down then oil it with olive oil and you are good to go. Mine is over 15 years old, still in great shape and used often. In fact, it was so easy and turned out so well, I made a few extra and gave them as hostess gifts to folks I knew would enjoy them.

      Good luck!

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      1. re: happybaker

        I second the shape suggested above. I bought mine from TJ Maxx for dirt cheap, not sure what brand it is; but I don't think brand is important here. I find the shape more convenient than the handled one.

        1. re: emerilcantcook

          Yes - I think the shape gives you such control and connection. Lucky you for the TJ Maxx find!

          1. re: emerilcantcook

            I have to vote for that one too... I have had one or one similar for years, nothing beats it.

        2. I got a nice sturdy OLD rolling pin at the thrift store for a few bucks... it's been used for so long that it's got a non-stick patina on it, which really helps with the rolling! And being old, it's heavier than the one I got from Kmart (or Walmart or wherever) so it rolls better...

          1. As an upgrade, you could fill the wine bottle with water :)