Baking board: keeps my counter clean
This week's been an easy one in my usually hectic schedule so had the chance to bake twice. Which reminded me to share a piece of gear I've been meaning to write about for ages.
Due to my laziness & busy schedule, I often put off baking because I hate having to clean the counter before and after baking. This is especially a hassle since I almost exclusively use wet doughs (=> 75% hydration) and the Bertinet slap&fold method.
Last year, I found this handy thing called the "Maria baking sheet and activity board". Basically it's a 24"x20" plastic board that has a "lip" around 3 edges that you place on top of your counter/table. That way, you can knead on it without getting flour and dough stuck all over the table. Then when I clean up, I just scrape off excess flour/dough bits, then lift the board to the sink (lucky me, I've got a double sink... a luxury in Hong Kong :P) and wash. Then I just wipe dry and all's done! Here's the website:
I got mine at a local dept store but I suppose it should be available somewhere/somehow in other countries or online (I figure, it's Swedish but can be found in Hong Kong, shouldn't be a problem anywhere else).
Oh, one more thing: might be a good idea to slip a rubber mat or something under it, as it tends to slip around a bit during kneading (not a bit deal... I'm so lazy I usually don't even bother looking for a rubber mat... wonder where I put the darn thing?)
Highly recommend it! Hope this helps anyone else who dreads cleaning up as much as I do. :)