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pumpkinpapa

Hairy bakers

A friend asked me once while trying some of my bread, why there aren't bakers with long hair or beards. I thought that since most bakers are behind the scene that one would never know. As far as concerns of hair in food, there is hair nets.

But this didn't satisfy, so I wonder: why aren't there bakers with long hair or beards? 

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Mike Avery

I have both long(ish) hair and a beard.   And hairy arms too.

 

I hate getting dough stuck to my arms... it always pulls hair out.  Washing trays and such helps get it off painlessly.

 

In commercial bakeries, they bakers with hair wear hair net, and bakers with beards wear beard nets.  I haven't seen arm nets yet.   When I visited a local bakery, they gave me a hair net and weren't sure about the beard.  Since I wasn't going to get into dough, they let me slide on the beard net.

 

Mike

 

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dmsnyder

There are special "beard bags," similar to face masks, that bearded surgeons wear in the operating room.  They should work for bakers.
David

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Eli

Much more information than anyone wants but as I have been getting into the bread baking thing, it kept sticking to my hair on the backs of my hands and arms, I didn't have much to start with so after trying to get it out every night I just shaved it all off!

Just thought it was funny! I was wondering the other day( to myself ) if anyone else goes to these extremes.

Eli

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Mike Avery

At the bakery my pastry chef suggested if I washed the sheet pans at the end of the day, maybe that would help. I thought she was just trying to get out of washing up at the end of the shift.

 

But I tried it and lo and behold, having my arms in the water did loosen the dough balls to the point where they fell off without removing hair.

 

Mike

 

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Mini Oven

rubbed on those hairy muscular arms before getting started could reduce lots of dough sticking.

Eli,  ever thought of hot wax?

Mini O

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Eli

Hot wax sounds like fun!!! After washing and washing...left to my own devices.