Wooden rolling pins are often passed down through generations, and antique rolling pins can be obtained at thrift shops and antique shops. Older rolling pins may require a light treatment with mineral oil before use; however a new wooden rolling pin should require only a light washing. When you are ready to use your wooden rolling pin, lightly dust it with flour to prevent pastry dough and other foods from sticking to it.
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Wash the rolling pin before its first use by wiping it down with a wet, soapy sponge. Rinse thoroughly and allow the rolling pin to dry completely before putting it away. This will prevent moisture damage.
Store the rolling pin in a cool area away from heat sources. Johnson-Rose Corp. recommends this prevent the wood from cracking.
Wipe the rolling pin with a clean cloth dampened with mineral oil it if you notice the wood beginning to crack. Most wooden rolling pins do not often need to be treated in this way--as long as they are not overly exposed to water.
Avoid soaking the rolling pin in a tub of water, and never clean it in the dishwasher.