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Bannetons

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Grenage's picture
Grenage

Bannetons

Hello again!

I've been having lots of luck with my sourdough breads, but it has become very, very apparent that I really need a banneton for proving.  While I don't mind the wide, shallower loafs I am getting, I would prefer something with a bit more depth.  Looking around, there seem to be various options; a few years ago I'd have bought many and found what works for me, but we're buying a house and I really want to spend as little as possible right now.

There are pulp/wood/wicker/cane bannetons, some with cloth inserts, and others without.  What do most people use?

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Olof

I use cheap plain wicker baskets which I lined myself. Before I lined them, I placed a loose dish cloth inside. Before I got them I used a plastic colander with a dish towel inside.

Grenage's picture
Grenage

Good tip, thank you for that.  I'll play around with what I have, while I look into what's out there (I have no wicker baskets).

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MNBäcker

For price, luckyclovertrading.com can't be beat. I am using their brotformen or bannetons, and even though the quality is not quite up there with the brotformen I had gotten from Germany, they are still a good, affordable alternative.

Stephan

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Grenage

Thanks for the link, I shall have a browse; hopefully some baskets and cloth lining will mark the end of rogue wet dough!