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wood pastry dough rollers

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Wood pastry and pizza dough rollers on the market today are generally purchased through kitchen aide portals specializing in specialty cookware.  What cooks don’t know, is artists are often reduced to purchasing plastic brayers for all sorts of rolling work, be it in stencils or just background preparation with ink or watercolor on paper and so we just love loads of vintage kitchen ware tools to repurpose as art tools.  When you find these beauties at yard sales or estate sales, they are generally used.  The metal is generally rusty, too.  So to find one in excellent condition (although with no brand or maker markings) with the added bonus of a small hook on its end side for hanging is truly a rarity.  In this case, the roller measures 5″ in total length (without the hook) and the rolling ball is securely affixed and moves very fluidly.

Deluxe models on the market today generally have two rollers, a larger one at one end and a smaller one at the other and is usually referred to as a 2-in-1 tool for pie, pizza, or cookie dough.  They’re also ideal to crush nuts, crackers, or bread crumbs.  Rollers should be hand washed in a mild detergent, and the metal or stainless steel should be kept free of rust.  They should also be thoroughly dry before using.

Increasingly, even in Europe, dough rollers are being made out of plastic although truly vintage models may have a metal handle.  When they come from wood, they’re generally from Beechwood.  Especially sleek modern designs continue to come out of Italy.  Here’s what I just love about yard sales.  As I dragged my son along with me (he’ll thank me some day), the ladies at this residential garage sale were taken with his Spiderman bottle and commented how “cute” my son was.  Well, “cute” demanded that we walk in the back of the house where a boat was tied up along the channel pier.  After about 10 minutes of walking around and several attempts to convince son that it was time to go, the lady at the table told me I could “take” this roller (image 1 above) with me at NO CHARGE.

Nearly made my entire treasure hunting trip worth the effort.  Because I know the value, and am also aware of contract sales (you have to exchange something for something to have a purchase contract), I demanded she “take” my $1.00.  Smart?  Oh yeah, baby.  Three random samples off Ebay show the going bids for wood rollers (and wood rolling pins are even higher, especially if they have painted handles) start at $6.99 in January 2011 (they go higher with vintage and/or markings).  And from the Kaiser Patisserie Collection, they start new retail at $9.00.


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