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Jul 15, 2012 05:12 AM

Flea Market Rolling Pin

Hey everyone,
I'm a beginner cook studying abroad. I've been meaning to practice making pies lately, and yesterday at the flea market I finally found a good-looking rolling pin. I figured cleaning it would be easy, but when I looked for tips online, all I found was conflicting information. The only thing everybody seems to agree on is that one should not use a dishwasher or soak it.

So like I said, I found the old thing at the flea market. It looks like its in good repair; no mold, decent rolling action, good weight, obvious wear from use but no cracks. It was, however, hanging out at a flea-market for who knows how long, so I'd like to get my new tool decently clean and as sanitized as possible before I use it.

So, let's set the record straight here! What's the best way to clean this old thing?

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  1. Hydrogen Peroxide works well on organic material. Personally I would wipe it down a few times as long as it doesn't smell or look off and give it a go. There is only so much you can do with wood. I assume it hasn't been in a flood or water logged so, a good surface treatment "should be" adequate.

    1. For clarification, what material is your rolling pin made out of?

      1. I would want to know what it is made of too. Wood can always have the outside chance of absorbing "something" and although I buy almost everything second hand, I am a little more leery of wooden items.
        To sanitize almost anything as long as it can be bleached, I would scrub it down to remove any obvious debris. If there are no metal parts like ball bearings, you could soak it in a 1:10 bleach solution for 5 minutes, in a well ventilated area. If it has metal parts I would just wipe it down with bleach solution. You could also put it in the oven and bake at 250 for 5 minutes and turn the oven off and let it cool in the oven. If you read about wooden cutting boards though, they have found that wood does not support bacterial growth.

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        1. re: wekick

          It's made outta wood. Good heft to it...the roller is about 11 inches long and all things told it weighs about 2 pounds. I couldn't tell you what kind of wood, though. The guy I bought it from was speaking Schwäbisch, an impossible dialect of German. I like that "bake in the oven"" idea...I might give it a gentle wash, time to try, then a little cooking in the oven.

          1. re: BigBadBarl

            I never did understand Schwäbisch. I know a few German's that never could understand it either. That's one hard dialect. I did better in the Netherlands with Dutch then I ever did with Schwäbisch..

        2. Mine was a wooden one as well and bought at a garage sale. I scrubbed it down with hot soapy water and it works very well. I keep it clean in the same manner with a quick rinse and towel dry.

          1. I would wipe it off with a damp cloth and call it good.

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            1. re: kengk

              That's a good way to make someone seriously ill.

              1. re: Sid Post

                If I were that afraid of germs I would buy a new one from Amazon. That way I could be assured that it had never been touched by someone that had not properly sanitized their hands.

                1. re: kengk

                  At a flea market, who knows what it has been in contact with. Rats and mice are the reason for many widespread diseases being spread in large populations. I don't know about your flea markets but, it doesn't take many rat or mice "pills" to tell me I need to wash up!