Stretch and Fold Technique Clarification
Don't know if I'm repeating something that has bee answered already so sorry if I missed it.
When using the stretch and fold (or french fold for that matter) is the intent to stretch and fold the dough without degassing? Does it matter? I'm talking about 100% WW and 50/50 WW and Rye breads here not white flour. I'm pretty happy with how my breads have been coming out since I moved away from kneading but I'd like to understand what the intent is when handling dough during the stretch and fold process.
I know there isn't much rise as early on when the stratch and fold is going on but I've read that some people find a stretch and fold later on is helpful as well. I'm not as concerned about this when I make a long fermenting dough but some weeks I use a large portion of leaven and if it is warmer in the kitchen I get quite a bit of rise by the 4th stretch and fold.