Preparing a banneton for first use?
I was very fortunate to visit SFBI today and I am now the proud new owner of two new bannetons.
What should I do to prepare them before using them the 1st time? They look a bit rough-should I sand them lightly or scurb them out with a dry nylon brush? Should I do anything at all? They look a bit "splintery" so I feel like they need "something".
Then, how does the flour stick? One source suggests spraying the banneton with a light coat of oil before flouring but that doesn't seem to be a common suggestion. Most sources say keep them dry and just wipe them out with a dry cloth between uses. Oil seems to be a bad idea in that case.