Palotes are rolling pins used in northern Mexico for rolling out flour tortillas (corn ones, made in central and southern Mexico, are made with a press.)
Having no handles, they are very much like the French rolling pins, except they have completely straight ends. They are essentially a piece of dowel wood.
Usually made out of a wood such as maple, they will vary in length from 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm), even up to 20 inches (50 cm) long. The diameter ranges from 1 to 1 1/2 (2 1/2 to 3 cm.)
You can "make" one yourself by specifying the length and thickness of dowel you want cut off at your local hardware store. Actually, once they've cut it for you, there's not much more for you to do except perhaps sand the ends.
To use one, flour the pin or sprinkle some flour on the tortilla dough. Each time you roll, rotate the tortilla dough by one quarter.
Experienced makers of flour tortillas don't even use a Palote; they can just make the tortillas by hand by flipping them in the air.
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