How to Master Your Kitchen

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
rolling pin
Any other uses for a rolling pin that I haven't mentioned that maybe you use other than rolling something out?

12 comments:

Rebekah said...

For the longest time I didn't have a rolling pin! Still not sure how that happened but it really is one of those tools that even if you don't use all the time, you need one!

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

These are great tips! I never thought to use one for a massage but of course! Thanks for sharing :)

xoxo Jamie
www.bnjsefcik.blogspot.com

TheTinyHeart said...

I think I've only used my rolling pin so far to crush up things!

-Sharon
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Sarah and Stewart said...

Sa-weet! Another item I actually own! :-) And I did use it once, a few years ago. LOL. Your day sounds so amazing, I'm extremely jealous. I just worked a 10 hour day and then headed home to errands and chores. But I'm off on vacation today and I can't wait!

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

I have a teensy-tiny kitchen so I've only got room for stuff we use all the time & we don't have a rolling pin. One of these days when we get our dream kitchen, we will stock up!

always, koru kate

Katie H. said...

I use a rolling pin so often it's a little crazy!! Because before I had it...rolling out sugar cookies with a mason jar just didn't quite work out so well =) And your Wednesday sounds so like it was filled with so many good things...what a blessing!!

christina said...

so i loved this.

wHiT | Black Little Button blog said...

I have that very top one, french rolling pin? Is that what it's called? ;)
-wHiT

Krystal said...

i use old wine bottles for a rolling pin, haha!

Becky K said...

I sometimes use mine as a makeshift meat tenderizer because I just can't talk myself into buying such a thing!

<3becky
www.loosefromthezoo.com

Christelle said...

So glad you and Sean got to spend QT together this week, sounds like a great day!!

Darby Hawley said...

I am guilty of using my rolling pin as a meat tenderizer hahaha