Each week, we rummage through the dark corners of our kitchen drawers to bring you an enigmatic item. We ask you to guess what it is in our weekly From the From the Back of the Drawer puzzle. To enter this week’s puzzle, visit this page. To read more descriptions of past items, visit this page. And, don’t forget to donate your odd items to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
This week’s mystery kitchen utensil may seem more like something from the back of the dungeon than the Back of the Drawer—but the multi-blade dough divider can be a life-saver for the busy baker. Multi-blade dough dividers, also known as dough cutters and pastry cutters, include between five and six roller blades attached to an expandable accordion-frame. The expandable frame allows the baker to choose the distance between the blades, and many versions of the tool also incorporate a bolt that locks the cutter into the desired position.
Almost as numerous as the blades on this handy baking tool are the uses to which it may be put. Multi-blade dough dividers are typically used to quickly score and cut uncooked pastry dough. However, they may also be used to cut pasta dough, already-cooked baked goods like cookies and brownies, and fondant for cake decorating. At New Orleans pizzeria Pizza Delicious, dough cutters are employed in the preparation of dough for spinach rolls. Last week, we stopped by the restaurant where Christine Nielsen demonstrated the efficiency, and impressiveness, of the utensil.
Our Rating: Save it. This kitchen tool quickly divides dough into perfectly sized portions in a few swift motions.
Design: Efficient, but a little unwieldy. Handling a multi-blade dough divider may take some practice.
Originality: Not very original. This tool seems to be a natural extension of earlier roller-blade cutters.
Practicality: Very useful when baking large quantities of food, especially over short periods of time. Probably not a necessary investment for everyday baking.