The Fresh Loaf

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SBI Linen Couche - wash before first use?

June 19, 2012 - 7:48am -- MNBäcker

I just bought a few yards of linen couche from SFBI - should I wash it before the first use? I have read conflicting opinions on the topic after a search.

Als, I bought 5 yards - should I cut the pieces down to the sizes (1 yard each) before or after washing (if I need to wash)?

I do know never to wash once I start using the material.

Thanks in advance,


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No more floured towels for me

December 11, 2009 - 10:10am -- thebreadfairy

I have stumbled across an alternative for covering rising dough which seems to be almost like a "teflon" towel. I purchased a 100% microfiber cloth napkin at "Bed, Bath, and Beyond" and it is incredible so far. Dough, even wet doughs (have not tried ciabatta yet) don't stick at all. I covered a sourdough raisin bread overnight in a brotform lined with this and only a minimal amount of bread flour. In the morning, the loaf turned out much more easily than even with my linen-lined bannetons.

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