I'm a baker in Sydney, Australia.
Bannetons and other proofing baskets are hard to come by in this part of the world so I need to buy some bannetons online.
I'm just wondering whether its worth the money - so far the oval bannetons I've found on the internet are about $32-$35 each (thats AUD so in USD probably $30ish or so).
To what extent will proofing in a banneton have a bearing on the result? I understand that they are to provide support to a proofing loaf as well as put a nice uniform pattern on it.
So the short question - how important are good quality proofing baskets?