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Equipment: Mini Rolling Pin

A mini rolling pin allows you more control when working with small pieces of dough.

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While you certainly can use a standard rolling pin to make dumpling wrappers, preparing dozens of them is much easier if you use the traditional mini rolling pin made for the job. This tool allows you more control when working with small pieces of dough, and it’s easier to roll with one hand, freeing your other hand to turn the dough. If you don’t have a mini rolling pin, there are a couple of other tools that will work:

• A muddler, usually used for crushing fruits and herbs for cocktails, is the perfect size for making dumpling wrappers. Look for one that’s not tapered and no shorter than 5 inches.

• At just a few bucks, a simple wooden dowel from a hardware store works well. Choose one that’s about 1 inch in diameter and have it cut 9 to 11 inches long. Rub it with mineral oil and let it dry before using.

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