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Uses for Rolling Pins

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Uses for Rolling Pins

The humble rolling pin is much more than a device for turning out pastry. It can do so much more! I thought I’d roll out the red carpet for this powerful tool.

The Pin As Physio

Labor coaches give rolling-pin massages to moms-to-be while the birthing process is in progress. Gentle pressure along the spine and along the upper legs, and the relief is incredible!

Rolling pins also bring relief aching muscles in general. They stimulate pressure points along the spine and lower back, warming the muscle and making it more flexible. This helps work out cramps and improve blood flow.

Pins that can be filled with water or ice can play ice or heat backs for bad backs!

Smart tip: keep a rolling pin under your bed. Before you turn in for the night, smooth the stress away by using the pin as a massager. In the morning, roll your feet up and down its length to stimulate circulation.

Pin Plays Papermate

Apply a steady pressure to paper as you roll a rolling pin over a textured surface. The pressure will give the paper an embossed effect as it takes on the texture of the surface it is being pressed against.

Pop Your Pie on a Pin

Pie dough delicate with butter and sugar can be tricky to transfer to the pie dish. Solution: carefully wrap the dough around an extra long rolling pin that has been dusted with flour. No rip, no tear—your pie is in the pan!

Get A Crush!

Your rolling pin can play a crushing role, too. Just take whole cookies or crackers in a bag and seal it. Gently apply pressure while rolling the rolling pin over the bag until the crackers are crushed into small granules.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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7:35PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

I thought of that, Teresa, you can really give someone a good whack with a rolling pin! :)

10:15AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Helpful tips.Thanks for sharing

7:38AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

What about self-defense?

7:05AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

We used to use one on paper when my children did crafts...the effects ARE beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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1:44AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you

8:44PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Interesting tips!

2:31AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Thanks, great tips! Though I do need to learn some finesse while using it...

7:43PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011


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