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Pastry Jigger

Made since at least the 1600s, Pastry Jiggers are designed to put a decorative edge on pastries. The edge is usually a "jiggedy" one, but can also be square or circular marks.

Most Pastry Jiggers made now are wheels with ridges in them, designed to put a "jiggedy" or wavy edge on pastry, while cutting it out as well.

The term "Pastry Jigger" is often used interchangeably with "pastry wheel", because some models will cut out pastry as well. Pastry wheels can be designed to both cut out pastry, and decorate the edge.

But there have been in the past Pastry Jiggers made that weren't designed to cut pastry, just mark it.

Some antique ones had a handle, then the end having 3 different branches on it - one holding a square marker, one a circular marker, and one a wavy edge.

Some had a ridged wheel on one end, and a spoon on the other end, to make them dual purpose tools. Early American ones might have the wheel carved of wood.

Antique ones are now collectibles.


Crimp the edges of a pastry by pinching it with your fingers; or use the tines of a fork.

See also:


Angel Food Cake Cutters; Biscuit Cutters; Cookie Cutters; Egg Cutters; Grape Shears; Kitchen Shears; Mushroom Cutters; Pastry Jigger; Pastry Wheels; Pizza-Wheel Cutters; Rolling Mincer

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Also called:

Jigging Wheels; Pastry Crimper


Oulton, Randal. "Pastry Jigger." CooksInfo.com. Published 25 May 2005; revised 27 February 2007. Web. Accessed 03/23/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/pastry-jigger>.

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