Glass rolling pins are a vintage collectable item typically from the 18th or 19th century.
Vintage glass rolling pins are shaped with 2 handles on each side. One of the handles has a metal cap or cork on the end of it. This is to fill the glass rolling pin with weight.
In ancient times, bakers used to fill the glass rolling pin with ice or cold water and then use it roll out their dough. However, this causes condensation on the glass rolling pin which transfers the water onto the dough.
How to Use a Glass Rolling Pin to Roll out Dough
- Clean the rolling pin thoroughly and let it completely dry before using. Vintage items can collect dust, and you don’t want this to be rolled into your dough. Inspect the glass to make sure there aren’t any chips in the glass before using.
- Fill a glass measuring cup of water. Microwave it for 10-15 seconds until it’s room temperature.
- Open the glass rolling pin and pour the room temperature water into it.
- Place the lid on the glass rolling pin.
- Dry the glass rolling pin with a kitchen towel to remove any excess water that may have dripped on the outside of the pin.
- Place your dough on a floured flat surface.
- Flour your dough well. The flour will not stick to the glass rolling pin very well, so put a bit of extra flour on your dough to roll out.
- Begin gently rolling forward and backwards. You don’t want to use too much force with a glass rolling pin or it has the potential to shatter.
- Once you’re happy with the thickness of your dough, place the glass rolling pin in your sink so it doesn’t roll away from you.
How to clean a glass rolling pin
To clean a glass rolling pin, remove the cork or metal lid and drain the liquid from the rolling pin into your sink. Gently put soapy water into the rolling pin to clean the inside. Using a cloth with soap and water, gently wipe down the sides of the glass rolling pin to clean any excess dough off of it. Rinse the glass rolling pin with water and set it to dry with the open side down. This will make the water completely drain out of the pin.