Must-Have Tools for Making Sourdough Bread
My kitchen is small so each item I own has to earn its keep. Here are tools that I consider essential for sourdough break making, followed by some optional items as well.
Must Have Tools:
A scale is essential for measuring flour and starter because these can vary greatly in volume. I have an older model of this OXO 5 lb Food Scale.
KitchenAid is a popular brand that many people love. After reading reviews and considering whether I should buy a KitchenAid or a Bosch Mixer, I decided to go with the Bosch and found a Black Friday deal.
I have a Pyrex 1.5 quart glass loaf pan.
Covers for bread while proofing and rising
I like these Covermate Stretch-To-Fit Food Covers
After breaking 2 digital thermometers, I decided to stick with a simple old-fashioned dial thermometer.
If you want to make a round crusty loaf of artisan bread, you will need a dutch oven.
A sharp knife will work just as well to score your loaves but a bread lame can be nice if you want to be fancy.
These are nice to clean a sticky dough off a counter as you knead or shape the dough. My husband bought me these dough scrapers.
Electric Bread Knife
An electric bread knife will cut through crusts with ease and yield more even slices than cutting by hand. I have a Black and Decker, but this Proctor Bread Knife looks similar.
A heating pad can be wrapped around your jar of starter or placed under a bowl of dough or a loaf while rising. The warmth will speed up the process of activating the starter, proofing the dough, or rising the loaf.