Kitchen Tip: Rings and Dough

This tip is mainly for the ladies out there. I know that we don’t all take off our rings when working with dough. It either feels weird or we forget or we don’t want do loose them. So, what do you do when you get dough stuck in the cracks? If you’ve had your wedding band and engagement band welded together like I did, you have that tiny crack that runs all around. I also have a ring with swirls in it. Not much can fit into these areas. I know one person who said they try to clean the dough out of their ring with a knife. Please don’t do this! Gold is a soft metal and you could easily damage it with a knife.

wpid-20130128_103735.jpg wpid-20130128_103809.jpgInstead, grab your dental floss (we all have that in the house) or a length of sewing thread (fewer of us have this on hand these days). Use this to “floss” your rings. For my swirled ring, I thread it through each swirl section and saw it back and forth to get everything out of the tiny little holes. I’ve used pink thread in the pictures so it would show up better. wpid-20130128_105308-1-1.jpgwpid-20130128_105538-1.jpgI have no idea when I have ever actually used this pink thread for anything sewing, but it works great in this application. So, when you make the pastry crust for my Turkey Pot Pie, you’ll know what to do with the dough in your rings.

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