Here’s another example of why using things from grandma’s kitchen might not be the best idea!
Vintage wooden items that have ANY paint on them should be regarded as suspect! This is especially true of vintage wooden items intended for food-use in the kitchen. As it turns out (not unexpected at all), this vintage / antique wood rolling pin with red painted handles (pictured here in this post — just like the one your grandmother used to use, right?) is painted with LEAD PAINT!
Why is this a problem?
Think about how you use a rolling pin… you touch the handles…roll the dough…touch the handles again before you flip the dough…flip the dough…repeat. There is definite potential for Lead contamination of your food from an item like this (using it normally / as intended.) If you have one of these (from your grandma, from an antique shop, or otherwise), PLEASE consider discontinuing for food use and PLEASE consider throwing it in the trash — so no one in the future ever uses it for food use purposes, either! [For those who may be curious, the rolling pins I use when I cook in my home are the modern stone / marble type with wooden handles – like the one at this link: https://amzn.to/31hHf1L , and a plain / unfinished, one-piece solid hardwood one (similar to this in design): https://www.thegrommet.com/products/vermont-rolling-pins-shaker-rolling-pin?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2ovijK2t6wIVOx-tBh3XKgwBEAQYAiABEgIKpfD_BwE#Material=Maple
How much Lead is “too much” Lead?
Newly-manufactured items made today are considered unsafe for children to use if they are finished with any paint or coating that is 90 ppm Lead or higher. The federal government considers any Lead paint on a house to be extremely dangerous at 5,000 ppm Lead and higher (and if a hazard inspector gets a reading that high, the owner maybe eligible for Federal funds for intervention and clean-up). Accordingly – from any conceivable perspective – 7,941 ppm Lead on the painted handle of a food-use rolling pin is WAAAAY TOO MUCH LEAD!
Here are the exact XRF readings for the handles of the item pictured:
- Lead (Pb): 7,941 +/- 264 ppm
- Cadmium (Cd): 23 +/- 7 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect
- Barium (Ba): 98 +/- 43 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 4,719 +/- 743 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect
- Selenium (Se): Non-Detect
- Silver (Ag): 12 +/- 5 ppm
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