Need a substitute rolling pin? While our grandmas probably saw a rolling pin as a kitchen necessity, most of us don’t do that type of baking too often anymore.
Most of us simply don’t use a rolling pin often enough to justify the space that one takes up. There are plenty of substitutes that you almost certainly have around!
I usually make drop biscuits and cookies, so I don’t need a rolling pin for those. Once or twice a year, I’ll make a pie and need to roll out the crust. And another time or two I’ll make cookies (such as my No-Bake Booze Balls) that call for crushed cookies. But I can do either of those with one of my rolling pin substitutes.
For rolling dough:
- Wine bottle
- Drinking glass
- Piece of PVC (you can make a nifty glass storage rack from PVC and use one of the pieces)
- Thermos if it has smooth sides (my 34-ounce Thermos Nissan does pretty well)
- Soft drink can — it’s easier if it’s full; empty ones can collapse
- Water bottle (most have grooves in the sides, which will leave ridges that you can flatten with your fingers)
- Piece of dowel (1″ diameter or larger)
- Anything else that’s cylindrical with smooth sides!
Just be sure to wash the rolling pin substitute off before using it. Despite the photo here, I usually put the food to be rolled between two sheets of waxed paper, with a little flour between the dough and the waxed paper. That way, I know the food is staying clean!
To crush things (such as making cracker crumbs):
- Put the food in a sealed, heavy-duty plastic bag and gently tap it with a hammer. Everybody has a hammer, don’t they?
- If you can’t find a hammer, you can use any of the above or any canned food to roll over food in the bag.