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Towel/Wet towel vs wrap foil vs airtight lid

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RainingTacco

Towel/Wet towel vs wrap foil vs airtight lid

I've been pondering about this and would like to ask the forum, what is the consensus on best cover for our rising dough? I've been afraid of using airtight lids like tupperware, because if the dough rises, it squeezes the air that is above it, thus increasing pressure. Inreased pressure will push down on the dough, thus decreasing the potential growth, until the equilibrium is hit ie. pressure from the dough can't push anymore against pressurized air in the container. 

About towel vs other covers, assuming that our goal with covering the dough is preventing it to become dry, isn't towel always the worst option? Towel might prevent movement of air, but the water still can evaporate and escape through towel, compared to wrapper foil/airtight lid. I don't know whether evaporation is a considerable problem compared to drying process caused by movement of air that carries moisture away, if it isn't then towels can be a good alternative.

Many times when i left the dough in airtight container which was then placed in the fridge i found a considerable amount of condensation inside, whether on the dough or on the lid. Should i reincorporate that water into dough? I assume it would be unwise to place a dough covered with towel in the fridge, as fridge can quickly dry things put inside. 

 

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DanAyo

Condensation during retardation is not a problem. Insee that as a good thing.

Have you seen THESE? They make great covers.

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RainingTacco

This even looks like can be reusable and wrapper/stretch foil is not. Definitely trying this. 

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DanAyo

I reuse them all the time. They are great for covering bannetons, mixing bowls, and anything else that needs protection from drying out or keeping out off flavors in the fridge. 

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G. Marie

I've bought plastic covers with elastic but they end up falling apart on me. I already had a roll of plastic bags I use for my bread so I went to Staples and bought a pack of large rubber bands. Staples Oversized Rubber Bands, 24/Pack (28628-CC) at Staples.  Now when I need a cover I grab a bag that I've cut open and a rubber band.

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BlackBird74
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Benito

I use plastic shower caps that fit loosely over bowls allowing gases to release that are produced during fermentation.  I also use them over the bannetons during cold retard in the fridge eventhough they cover them very loosely in the fridge that has worked for me.  I have reused these for many many months and torn only one.

Benny

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clew

years ago, doing homework in a civil engineering hydrology course, I realized that as long as the towel is damp the airspace between the dough and the towel will be humid. In the fridge with no other cover it will all dry out overnight, but a damp towel under a plate will do. 

and then after forming the bread, I have a clean damp towel right there to tidy with.