The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


robincat's picture


Why are bannetons so expensive to buy? I cant seem to get one for less than £10.00 in the U.K.

ananda's picture

Hi robincat,

have you come across Mike Batho yet?   Why not contact him about his new business idea?

Best wishes


[I don't work for Mike in any way]

Song Of The Baker's picture
Song Of The Baker

Just as anything hand made, it requires more time to make which = $$.  I am sure someone like JH or Chad have their wholesale hot prices, but us home bakers have to pay retail.  There are some good deals out there.  Just keep searching.  Good luck.


The-Naked-Baker's picture

I found some on ebay for $11.00 Canadain two days ago.

Syd-a's picture
Syd-a in the UK have poly wicker baskets that are for food and very cheap and in the correct size and cost around £1. I am wondering whether I should get a few of those as they are incredibly cheap. I think they are safe, but they are not the original cane versions of baskets which I think is the reason the price is so much for a banneton. 

In the end a pro banneton is expensive and ultimately unnecessary, but a basket that keeps the wet dough formed and then is easily freed is the ultimate goal.


108 breads's picture
108 breads

I use small baskets I had in the house. They are wicker. Or use a colander. Line whatever you use with a kitchen towel and put plenty of flour on the towel. It works well.

The Black Sheep Baker's picture
The Black Sheep...


I bought some wood pulp bannetons from a German company (Brotformen I think) that worked out very cheap, £5 or so.
I was initialy concerned that they might absorb moisture in the chiller but not so. They arrived quickly and release very easily. The only downside is they are quite chunky and my hands get sore flouring them! Good for stacking though.