How was your Wednesday? Mine was terrific, Sean spent the whole day with me, we started with coffee then each of us went on a run. We had some pho for lunch, did a bunch of errands, stopped for some wine tasting followed by a food truck dinner with some friends. It was a wonderful day of hanging out with my husband and during track season, there isn't a lot of time to just hang out if you know what I mean.
If you haven't read why I am doing this, How to Master Your Kitchen, series it is because I believe that having the right tools in the kitchen will help each of you be a better cook or maybe even want to cook a bit more frequently. You have certain tools at work that you have to make your job a bit easier and functional, I feel the same goes with kitchen tools. This was the inspiration for this series. The previous installments in this series are: whisk, stand mixer, garlic press, tongs, citrus juicer, steamer, zester, food processor, Dutch oven, and a box grater.
For this next installment of How to Master Your Kitchen, I am talking about a rolling pin, a baker staple. How else do you think I roll out sugar cookies at Christmas time or pie crusts made throughout the year? A rolling pin is a must for any baker's kitchen. Rolling pins can be made out of wooden, marble, silicon or plastic. Some rolling pins will have handles, while others are a tapered piece of wood.
Want some other uses for a rolling pin other than just rolling out dough?
1. give someone a back or leg massage, just roll the rolling pin up and down their back or legs, applying a little bit of pressure to massage out the muscles. Ideally keep one massage exclusively for the kitchen and one for massaging.
2. crushing items - use the rolling pin to pound out graham crackers, chips or cookies. Put the items in a bag and then crush them with the rolling pin.
3. roll out candle wax to make candles
4. flatten bread - if you have bread that is too thick and you are making sandwiches, you can flatten the bread slightly with a rolling pin