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Old 01-15-2014, 06:03 PM   #11
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I have one of these and it's awesome!
CHEFS Silicone Pastry Mat | CHEFScatalog.com

This silicone mat makes rolling out stuff so easy, I like the measurements. The silicone surface keeps dough from sticking, pie dough will peel right off, without using too much flour. The mat rolls up for easy storage.
Do you really get your dough and pie crusts rolled out into one of those perfect circles?
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:22 PM   #12
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Yes, you can roll dough on a granite countertop. Granite is a very hard material, and it takes a harder material to scratch or damage it. http://www.ehow.com/info_8594188_cut...eel-tools.html
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:34 PM   #13
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Do you really get your dough and pie crusts rolled out into one of those perfect circles?
Of course I do

It is a very handy guide, I know once it's rolled out that it'll fit my pan with dough to spare!
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:48 PM   #14
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I use my granite counter top for pastry, works great. Even fill a plastic bag with ice and water to chill it first.
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:59 PM   #15
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We don't have granite - ours is solid surface, a Corian knockoff. I use it for kneading and rolling all the time.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:14 AM   #16
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Absolutely use my granite for rolling out pastry and kneading dough. Just a word of caution tho.... There are different grades of granite, I probably wouldn't do this on granite that had obvious voids. Not so much for food safety(people have used stones for cooking since time began) but because of cleaning issues.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:41 AM   #17
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I use my granite counter top for pastry, works great. Even fill a plastic bag with ice and water to chill it first.
Great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:48 PM   #18
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I gave my dad a marble pastry "slab." I planned the size so that it could be stored in the freezer so that it was out of the way and cold when he is ready to use it.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:48 PM   #19
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I'm very ignorant of granite counters, as all the kitchen and bathroom counters here are marble. I ordered 2 of these cutting boards from Amazon to use for rolling out and cutting.

Amazon.com: Extra Large Poly Cutting Boards Non-Skid Surface *NSF Listed*: Kitchen & Dining

I did have wooden ones, but I learned that they can become full of bacteria over time.

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Old 01-16-2014, 07:55 PM   #20
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I'm very ignorant of granite counters, as all the kitchen and bathroom counters here are marble. I ordered 2 of these cutting boards from Amazon to use for rolling out and cutting.

Amazon.com: Extra Large Poly Cutting Boards Non-Skid Surface *NSF Listed*: Kitchen & Dining

I did have wooden ones, but I learned that they can become full of bacteria over time.

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Actually, that's backwards. Wooden boards kill bacteria by drying them out while plastic and melamine boards can harbor bacteria, even after running through the dishwasher:
http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/fa...ttingboard.htm

If you have marble counters, use that for rolling out and baking. Your dough needs to be kept cold and marble and granite do that naturally.

Don't use marble, granite or glass for meats and veggies, though. They're too hard and will damage your knives.
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