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Netvet007

Bread dough riser

I inherited this 18" bread dough riser from my grandmother who made huge batches of bread, rolls and cinnamon rolls.  Is it tin?  Seems like that was a common material used for these.  I only make small amounts of dough and this would be overkill I think.  Does anyone use these anymore?  I would like to put it to use as it brings back many good memories.  

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Laura T.

Wow it's lovely! I'd never even seen/heard of something like this before. Perhaps you could use it when baking for family gatherings or the holidays, as you no doubt have fond memories of your grandmother doing so and also there'll be bigger doughs to prove :)

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embth

There is an identical bread riser on display in the pantry of the Keeper's Home at Split Rock Lighthouse Historical Site in Minnesota.  What a special item to inherit from your Grandmother.   It is very much an heirloom.   Perhaps instead of using it for dough rising, it could house a few baking tools like your digital thermometer, dough knife, or lame.  Grandmother did not use such things, I am sure, but it would be fun to keep your modern tools in the antique bowl.

embth

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Netvet007

I like both ideas.  I have been to Split Rock lighthouse but not for many years.  Embth, you are right that my grandmother never used modern tools.  No recipes either.  Flour water salt yeast, her hands, this bowl and beat up old blackened pans. (Which I also have).  It takes up a lot of space in my pantry but if I put my things in there it will free up shelf space.  Thanks for that thought!  

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DavidEF

And here I was, hoping it was for sale. My recommendation is to bake a lot of bread and put that thing to use. Sell the bread, give it away, or freeze it to eat later. A family gathering would definitely give that thing a purpose, if your family likes bread like mine does. But why wait for a holiday? Fresh homemade bread is a good enough reason to gather, I suppose. Do I sound hungry? I've been a couple days without homemade bread. Got some sourdough fermenting in the kitchen right now, to bake later today.

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Cob

I thought it was a steamer!

But no, never knew they existed, that's charming.

I have used a wok in the past to prove dough, not bad, but I did worry about the blackened, seasoned bits of the pan. Thankfully I've graduated to those plastic, storage boxes. Far more hygienic.

I don't see why you can't pove your dough in it? As long as it's non-porous.

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embth

It is most likely safe to use although back in the "Good Old Days" materials were used that have since been deemed to be not food safe.  I would examine any welds or other seams in the piece carefully and then decide.   Whatever your decision about using the bowl for bread making, you have a family treasure to pass on to future generations.            Best wishes,  Embth

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Vertzee

I have 2 antique bread risers and love them as decor.  I will do a seasonal display in them, such as pine cones at Christmas. Also Use them for when I entertain filled with ice to chill wine bottles etc.  They would be beautiful as a fruit bowl when hosting a large gathering. 

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Netvet007

What great ideas!!