oh, and I'd been dithering about buying a rolling pin for months... years? anyway, I kept putting it off, and finally realized today I had plenty of cylindrical things around that would do the job: beer bottles! just had to get the labels off. so I filled one with water, put it in a pot full of water, and boiled it for a while until the label easily peeled off and I could remove the rest of the glue by scrubbing it with a washcloth. unfortunately, the bottle (from Cucapa amber) had convex ridges on it at the bottom and just below the neck, which of course I didn't realize until I'd already made the effort. but Pacifico bottles don't have that problem, so I used the same water to do the same treatment to one of those. presto! I have a quite usable rolling pin for my tortillas and pie crusts.

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