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Which rolling pin?

Fuffy Aug 10, 2010 10:45 PM

I can't find the search feature for this board so don't know whether rolling pins have been discussed. I am trying to decide whether to buy a stainless steel or a silicon rolling pin. Any comments on this and/or brand from users/owners would be most helpful. Thanks in advance.

  1. roxlet Aug 11, 2010 04:44 AM

    I really like my silicon rolling pin, which I use for pie crust all the time. I am pretty sure it came from King Arthur Four along with the silicon rolling mat, which I also love. The mat makes releasing the rolled-out dough easier, plus you just put it in the sink to wash up.

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      Fuffy Aug 11, 2010 09:04 AM

      Thank you. What is the mat made of?

      1. re: Fuffy
        Chemicalkinetics Aug 11, 2010 09:23 AM

        roxlet stated it is silicon.

    2. Chemicalkinetics Aug 11, 2010 09:23 AM

      First, one must decide the shape (style), then the material. Many people love the French rolling pin, but I went with regular straight bakery rolling pin. I have a Vic Firth bakery maple rolling pin:


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        somervilleoldtimer Aug 11, 2010 06:45 PM

        I have my grandmother's old rolling pin, which is maple with handles that don't roll with the pin -- they are mounted with ball bearings. (If not clear, let me know and I'll try to find a picture.)

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          Leolady Aug 11, 2010 08:08 PM

          Thorpe rolling pins are the best and the overwhelming choice of pro bakers. http://www.kitchenconservatory.com/Ro...

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          1. re: Leolady
            somervilleoldtimer Aug 16, 2010 05:17 PM

            Yes, mine (i.e. my grandmother's from Hungary, last century) looks like a Thorpe. Or a Thorpedo!

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              Breadcrumbs Feb 23, 2013 06:19 AM

              I'm astounded at how reasonably priced these are Leolady. Pity the shipping to Canada is so expensive, I was ready to start shopping!!

            2. John E. Aug 13, 2010 11:47 AM

              I would go with a tapered French rolling pin. Here's a link, but I've seen them in retail stores for less than $10.


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                ellaf Feb 23, 2013 06:33 AM

                Love my simple wooden french rolling pin.

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                  tim irvine Feb 23, 2013 09:20 AM

                  I agree. Had mine 30+ years and enjoy it every time I use it.

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                kengk Feb 23, 2013 06:36 AM

                The Vic Firth rolling pins are very nice. I have a straight one and a tapered one. I still prefer the one with roller handles that I inherited from my mother to roll out biscuits.

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