Baking Tools: Pastry Cloth

Do you use a pastry cloth? Though little more than a canvas cloth, this old-fashioned kitchen tool is charming in its simplicity and usefulness.

Usually made of durable cotton canvas, a pastry cloth makes an excellent work surface for rolling out pie crusts, biscuits, cookies, and other doughs. Rubbing a little flour into the cloth prevents sticking without adding excess flour to the dough, keeping the pastry light and flaky.

After using the pastry cloth, shake it out to remove excess flour and crumbs. You may also wish to clean it with soap and water to remove any fats or oils that could turn rancid, and then hang it up to dry. The cloth is easy to fold up for storage (we keep it in the freezer) and unlike parchment or wax paper, it's reusable. We've had ours for years and imagine it could last for decades.

Here are couple of places to find them online:

Oklahoma Pastry Cloth
Regency Pastry Cloth & Rolling Pin Cover Set at Amazon.com

Related: Essential Baking Tools: Silpat

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Emily Han (formerly Emily Ho) is a writer, recipe developer and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food and herbalism. She is author of Wild Drinks and Cocktails (Fall 2015), co-founder of Food Swap Network and creator of Miss Chiffonade