Proofing baskets prices and quality question
I have an artisanal moroccan basket I use as a substitute for a round proofing basket. But 1 is far than enough. I need at least an other one and ideally 2 oblong proofing baskets so I can bake more comfortably than with the heavy ceramic mixing bowl I make do with right now when I make more than one loaf. If I'm patient enough, I could wait for my mother to travel to Morocco as she does twice a year so she brings me 2 or 3 more of the local artisan baskets. I would recieve them sometime in the next 6 months.
My moroccan "proofing" basket.
But then I'm not sure how they compare to the "real deal". I think I'd better try a real banneton or brotform to make-up my mind.
I noticed prices can differ by a full 50% online for these products. I wonder if there is a reason for this or if proofing baskets quality differ with the price?
Two of my sisters live in Paris. I have no idea how much are bannetons there and if there are different qualities. But since my niece is coming to visit us in Montreal, I'm trying to decide if I bother my sisters with this purchase in Paris to be sent in my niece's luggages or if I just buy "local" from an online store in Canada or the US.
You banneton or brotform users, do you know if there are differences in quality? I'm not talking about plastic versus natural material, I will buy natural for sure. Have you tried different ones from different sources or made with different material? What are your preferences?