The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Scientific American: Sourdough Bacteria Pump Out Mold Killers

March 1, 2013 - 7:25am -- dick c

This is interesting: Sourdough Bacteria Pump Out Mold Killers

The short article is the text of the one-minute podcast. The two links have a lot of detail.




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Two great articles to read

November 30, 2012 - 6:27am -- MrsBrown

I found these two great articles this morning and I thought they would spark up some great conversation.  Any thoughts?

 - Microzap technology effectively micowaves bread to remove mold spores, increasing shelf-life to 60 days.  The company says it would reduce the amount of additives in commercially available bread, decrease waste and save money. 


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Looking for an Italian pandoro mold

November 9, 2011 - 7:57am -- yy

Hi everyone

I've been looking all over the internet for an Italian pandoro mold that's available in the U.S. or that ships to the U.S. for a reasonable price. Most of what's available seems to be of the Portuguese variety, which has deeper pleats and a wider flare. The photo below shows what I'm looking for (taken from mwilson's blog at

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Rosetta Stamp

April 4, 2010 - 5:50pm -- UnConundrum

Guys, I'm looking for a rosetta stamp for making rosetta rolls.  I believe it's cast aluminum, not plastic like a lot of the roll stamps now available.  Does anyone have an idea where to buy one?  I'll gladly pay postage from overseas.  Thanks :)



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Moldy banneton

March 28, 2010 - 5:37am -- scottsourdough

When I reached for my banneton this morning I was in for a big surprise. The entire bottom of the banneton was covered in blue mold! Obviously, I decided to hold off on using it for now.

Has this happened to anyone else? I keep my banneton in a a plastic bag, but it isn't sealed like a ziploc. From what I'ver heard, it seems most people allow some flour to stay in the grooves of their bannetons. I leave some flour in the grooves, but not an excessive amount. I'm not sure what caused the mold. The only thing I can think of is that it should have been in a sealed bag.

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Apple Starter

October 3, 2007 - 5:04pm -- Noodlelady

I've recently begun an apple starter. I let the apples sit in water and sugar for about 4 days. It was getting dark and very strong in smell. I added most of the liquid to bread flour to begin the starter. The day after it began bubbling. On the second day, however, I noticed what I thought looked like mold on top. I skimmed this off then placed it in the fridge. It has some bubbles even in the fridge and doesn't look like it has funky stuff on top. It does have a very strong apple scent.

Do you think that it is safe to continue with this starter?

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