You may already have known about this terrific Rolling Dough in Plastic Wrap kitchen hack but I’m here to tell you it was news to me! It was one of those head slap moments where you think, why didn’t I think of that?
I’ll just say it. I cannot take credit for this kitchen hack. I can barely take credit for calling it a HACK, but I’m assuming Jacques Pepin is of the generation where a HACK was a person who does shotty work so I think he’ll understand. Of course I’m no spring chicken either, being of the generation who designated HACK as a term for breaking into someone’s computer. So it’s a wonder we’re all here today seeing HACK in a whole new light! It’s the first time in at least 100 years or more where a HACK is a good thing! Thank you Millennials for putting a positive spin on that one!
The other day I was watching Jacques Pepin. Okay, Princess Kota was watching Jacques—she loves a man with an accent—while Dr. Double Portions and I were multi-tasking and Jacques was on PBS doing his thing. Which really means I looked up at the TV every once in a while to see what was going on. I like Jacques – I just had enough going on this day that I couldn’t exactly concentrate on whatever delectable pastry he was whipping up like it was the easiest thing ever. Jacques is like that—That’s why he and Julia Child got along so well. They made everything look incredibly effortless!
Anyway, Dr.DP was pseudo watching too, and all of a sudden she looks up and says, “He’s rolling dough in plastic wrap!”
Now in isolation that statement seems a little odd and out of place and not at all a major epiphany in the life of a normal person, but I am a FOOD BLOGGER! A food blogger who literally avoids any baking task that requires rolling out dough on my beautifully clean counter top because I HATE-HATE-HATE the way dough sticks and then won’t peel off without creating massive holes rendering it useless, which means I have to start over, then I’ve over-kneaded and it falls flat in the oven! AND, the only way to roll dough out easily is to use a ton of flour, which I think can affect the taste of the dough sometimes, not to mention require the entire cast of Merry Maids to clean the kitchen afterward—plus a putty knife and a chisel—what with all that dough sticking to the counter and flour EV-ER-Y-WHERE and stuck under every fingernail until next Christmas, I could almost hyperventilate just thinking about it and I AM NOT a neat freak! But, when it comes to dough, I just hate the sticky mess and the clean up is probably the worst thing I can think of next to a root canal…
…SO, here’s Jacques, rolling out his dough neatly and ever so casually in between two sheets of plastic wrap, no mess, no sticking and I swear to you I think I heard Julia Child laughing mockingly from the great beyond. I wanted to give Jacques a big smooch, while I stood in my pristine clean kitchen and did a head slap. OUCH and DUH!
Now you’d think that in all my years of cooking that I would have seen someone do this by now, or at the very least thought of it myself—I am the convenience queen after all! But no. For years I have avoided, adapted or re-engineered just about any dish or recipe that requires me to roll out dough on the counter because I hate it! Case in point my Ginger Beer English Scones Recipe–which I “drop” instead of roll. Which is why my Sis earns the title of best baker, because I try not to bake as often as possible unless I can make it easy. I don’t even make my own pie crust for goodness sake—and all because of the dough rolling thing!
So the very next day do you know what I did? You bet you’re sweet bippy, I rolled me some dough! Neat and clean and no mess-making—Praise the baby Jesus—beautiful gorgeous DOUGH rolled in plastic wrap! I don’t even have to tell you how to do this one, it’s so head slappingly simple! When I was done, I even used the plastic wrap to help me dislodge the dough without creating holes and then guess what, clean up was a breeze! Some of us might just throw that used plastic wrap away but I’m pretty sure my Mom is reading this and she would want me to tell you that you can wash it off and recycle it, too! 😉
Plastic-Dough-Plastic: The Key to Rolling Dough in Plastic Wrap
Historically, I dislike plastic wrap because I can barely get it out of the box before it starts folding all over itself making a self-stick mess to the point that I just have to throw it away start over again. Have you ever noticed it really only clings to itself and nothing else? So Annoying! But I’ve got to admit, this hack has changed my mind about the future of plastic wrap in my home. It’s gonna be there for rolling dough every time!
1) Plastic 2) Dough 3) Plastic. One piece of plastic on the bottom and one on top. No flour necessary!
If your plastic isn’t big enough, double it’s width by using two partially overlapping sheets on the bottom and two partially overlapping sheets for the top. Roll or pat away! You can even used the wrap to manipulate the dough into shapes! I had to roll up my dough and it helped with that, too!