Have you finished making a delicious pie and wondered how to clean your doughy rolling pin properly? Are there hygienic considerations for rolling pins that differ from other kitchen utensils? Which rolling pins are dishwasher safe? How to store the rolling pin after cleaning it properly? We've researched these topics and have answers to these questions.
There are a few rolling pins that are dishwasher safe. Generally, these rolling pins are silicone or plastic. Be sure to read the product descriptions that will state how to wash the pin best and if washing it in the dishwasher is possible. Glass, marble, and wooden rolling pins should NEVER be washed in the dishwasher. Rather, wipe those pins with a warm kitchen cloth; avoid using bleach or dish detergents. Then set it on the counter to completely dry before putting the pin away in the kitchen cabinet.
Are you interested in learning how to oil a wooden rolling pin? How to clean many different types of rolling pins properly? Curious about finding creative storage options for your rolling pins? Please continue reading to learn more about these exciting topics.
How do you clean a rolling pin?
The cleaning methods vary based on the material of the rolling pin. Each type of material will have slightly different cleaning protocols and safety considerations. Let's look at each below.
How to clean a glass rolling pin
To clean a glass rolling pin, start by removing the end cap or cork, empty the water and wash the outside of the pin with a dishcloth, warm water, and dish soap. Thoroughly rinse the inside and outside with warm water and set the rolling pin open side down to thoroughly drain the inside.
Be mindful that the inside is completely dry before returning the cork and storing the rolling pin for the next baking session.
How to clean a wooden rolling pin
The cleaning procedure for wooden rolling pins has a few simple rules. Firstly, never submerge the wooden rolling pin. The reason being the water will leak into the wood and cause it to crack, and if there are metal components, those could start to rust. Moreover, the rolling pin will not be usable after submersion.
To wash the wooden rolling pin, start with wiping the pin with a warm kitchen washcloth, do not use soap; it will strip the wood of its natural oils. Once all the bits of dough and debris are removed, rinse the washcloth and wipe the pin with plain water. Dry the rolling pin with a clean, dry towel. Leave the rolling pin to air dry for at least a 1/2 hour before returning it to the kitchen cabinet.
How to clean a marble rolling pin
Marble rolling pins are as beautiful as they are useful. To clean these beauties, simply wash with a warm dishcloth with very mild soap or plain water. If the pin was lightly used from the last baking adventure, with little debris attached to it after baking, using plain water is suggested. Dry the marble immediately after washing.
Rolling pins that are usually dishwasher safe
Silicone and plastic rolling pins are usually dishwasher safe, however, there are a few exceptions that do exist on the market. To ensure the best care for your rolling pin, read the product descriptions for cleaning and storage instructions.
If washing in the dishwasher is permissible for your silicone or plastic rolling pin, washing by hand is considered the best method. Typically, most rolling pins are not terribly soiled after use. One could follow the same directions for the wooden rolling pins and apply those steps to the silicone or plastic pins.
Can I use a scouring pad on a rolling pin?
It is advised not to use scouring pads on any rolling pin regardless of the materials it is made from. The abrasive textures of the scouring pad could scratch the pin and cause tiny nicks that will harm the surface of the rolling pin. If the surface becomes damaged, the pin will not roll out the dough as efficiently or thinly.
Instead of a scouring pad, try cleaning with a sponge or kitchen washcloth; those are the preferred rolling pin washing tools.
Should you oil a wooden rolling pin?
Yes, oiling a wooden rolling pin is a wise choice to increase the longevity of the rolling pin. Oiling will help prevent dryness, scratches, and unwanted nicks in the pin. Also, the surface will be smoother and make rolling out the dough much easier. If you would rather not oil the rolling pin, be aware that the wood will dry faster and crack, depending on the frequency of usage and the temperatures inside your home.
How to oil a wooden rolling pin
Firstly, lightly apply a few drops of food-grade mineral oil or butcher block oil to the surface of the wooden pin.
Secondly, use a clean, lint-free cloth to thoroughly rub the oil into the entirety of the wooden surface. Thirdly, set the pin in a well-ventilated area to rest for at least an hour before returning the pin to its storage space. Be mindful to store the rolling pin where the wood has plenty of airflow to prevent the wood from collecting bacteria, mold, or lint.
Wooden rolling pin safety considerations
Do not use olive oil, flax oil, or any oil used for preparing foods. It will become rancid within the small grooves and natural creases in the wood. If the wood has a rancid smell, it will not go away from cleaning the rolling pin. Purchase a new pin and only use food-grade mineral oil or butcher block oil in the future.
If any mold appears on the wooden rolling pin, discard it immediately and purchase a new one. Any mold formations will render the pin unusable. Mold is highly toxic and should always be avoided at all costs!
Where can I store a rolling pin?
Contemplating where to store your rolling pin? There are many aesthetically pleasing and space-friendly options on the market. Consider storing the rolling pin inside a kitchen drawer to protect it from dust and debris. Another great option is to hang the rolling pin on the wall with a rolling pin holder or dual utensil holder that has designed space for the pin.
For those who enjoy the country farmhouse or cottage decor theme, consider purchasing a small antique crockpot or wire egg basket to set on the counter. Stand the rolling pins inside the crockpot or wire basket for a country/farmhouse aesthetic. Unused large clay pots or well-cleaned pots that you could paint colors to match your decor are great for storing a few rolling pins upright on the counter. These options allow the wooden rolling pins to have ample airflow that will help prevent bacteria or mold growth.
If you have several rolling pins, consider purchasing a hanging rolling pin rack that has space for several pins. These are great to hang up inside of a pantry door to protect the rolling pins from dust. Also, wine racks are a great space-efficient way to store rolling pins with ease of assessability in mind.
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