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Would it be okay to use these for proofing bread?

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Patti Y

Would it be okay to use these for proofing bread?

I found these at Hobby Lobby, and I have no idea of their original purpose, but I doubt it was for proofing bread.

I know I need food grade quality equipment, but the small basket is the exact size I want.

They seem to be made of cotton string. I wouldn't call it yarn, at all. The coils are sewn together. 

No directions on the baskets, but I think they might be machine washable.

Not labeled food grade, but do you think they could be used for bread proofing if I machine washed them several times? 

Thanks,

 

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Ford

Line them with cotton or linen and dust with flour, rice or wheat..

Ford

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Mini Oven

I'd flour and use them.  Looks like they're made from cotton mop rope.  

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Patti Y

Well, crud! Those are the words I was searching for in my brain!  Mop rope! I could see the strings wound into the rope, but couldn't come up with "mop rope".

It's hard getting old!!! LOL

They might have something sprayed on them to keep them standing up. I will probably try to wash them before using them so nothing will leach into the bread. Plus I have flour sack fabric to line them with. Not the real flour sack grandma used years ago, but close enough.

$7 for the large and $4 for the short one. 

I have been looking for white rice flour for dusting, but can only find brown rice flour locally. Will that do?

Thanks!

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Ford

"I have been looking for white rice flour for dusting, but can only find brown rice flour locally. Will that do?"

Yes, brown or white rice flour.  White AP, or Bread wheat flour.  Whole wheat or white flour.  Rye flour,. etc. will work.

Ford

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Patti Y

Great! Thank you.