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.
Next: More tips for using rolling pins