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TIP OF THE DAY: Wine Bottle = Rolling Pin

Don’t have a rolling pin? Use a wine bottle.
Photo by Karen Barefoot | SXC.

Some 600,000 to 750,000 rolling pins are manufactured and sold in the U.S. each year. But if you rarely use a rolling pin, you don’t need to take up space with one.

You can use a wine bottle to roll dough. It’s a bit more cumbersome, but it works!

Rolling pins are not only made from wood. For centuries, marble, blown glass and ceramic rolling pins have long been used. Hollow pins can be filled with ice water and plugged with stoppers to prevent the dough from sticking to the pin. Earlier in time, long cylinders of baked clay and smooth, peeled branches were used. Today, nonstick silicone-and-metal rolling pins are the state-of-the-art.

The rolling pin seems to have been invented by the Etruscans, who developed a broad range of cooking tools. An ancient and advanced people, they were the dominant society in what is now Tuscany by the ninth century B.C.E. With the rise of Rome, they, and their knowledge of cooking, were ultimately assimilated into the Roman Empire.

The Etruscans were perhaps the first “foodies,” raising numerous plants and animals that had not been previously used as food, and turning them into sophisticated recipes. They loved their food so much, they depicted its preparation on murals, vases and on the walls of their tombs.*

How To Use A Wine Bottle To Roll Dough
1. You can use a full or empty wine bottle. Wipe the bottle clean.
2. A chilled full bottle is best, because it has more weight and cools the dough so it doesn’t stick. You don’t have to roll a bottle of good wine: An empty bottle filled with water works just as well.
3. If you’re having trouble rolling out the dough, place it between sheets of wax paper to prevent sticking. Slightly chilled dough works more easily than dough at room temperature.

But if you’re ready to invest in a rolling pin, this red silicone-coated rolling pin is our latest favorite.

*Source: Wikipedia.

 




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