Rolling out the dough

This rolling pin saves space with its integrated cookie cutter storage.

Pretty and practical. Amazon

At least once a week, I pull my wooden rolling pin out of the drawer and use it to roll out dough. Then I have to wash it. And I really hate that, because it reminds me every week that I want a new plastic rolling pin. The wooden one warps over time, and it's just plain hard to clean. It's not really supposed to go in the dishwasher, and I guess I really wasn't supposed to soak it in the sink overnight either.

Progressive International offers a cute rolling pin with extras that are smart--and useful. First, it stores 9 cookie cutters inside. The cutters come in fun colors--red, orange, and yellow--and shapes, including a boy, a girl, a heart, and a butterfly. Pop off the pin's handles to get to the cookie cutters. And at the same time, fill the rolling pin with ice to prevent dough from sticking to it. Clever!

It's also dishwasher-safe, which is music to my ears. You can find it online for about $20.

About the author

    Abbi Perets has been writing about technology and family and consumer issues for over ten years. Her work has been featured in print and on the Web, and she has taught courses on consumer and business electronics for HP, Sony, AOL, and other companies. Abbi has also written extensively about business technology for Tech Republic, Gantthead, and other tech sites. Abbi's passion for home appliances stems from the kitchen remodel she managed in her new home in Houston, TX where she lives with her husband and four children.


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