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Care Guide for Kneading Board

Care Guide for Kneading Board

Wood is naturally porous so an untreated surface can absorb moisture and odor from food. This moisture buildup inside the board can cause warping and cracking as the wood unevenly expands. Also, moisture promotes bacterial and mold growth on the surface of the board or even inside and may result to rot formation. Proper surface treatment is necessary to prevent all these from happening. INITIAL TREATMENT Wash with cold water Before use, wash kneading board quickly under cold running water to remove dirt and dusts. Wipe dry thoroughly with cloth or paper towels and air dry. Do not soak or...

Jan 09, 2016

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How to Use Baguette Flipping Board

How to Use Baguette Flipping Board

Baguette flipping boards are made of long, rectangular thin wood with bevelled edges.  They are used to move baguette dough from the couche to the baguette tray or baking stone without damaging its shape.  The length should not be too long or too short but will fit perfectly in a standard home oven. A good size is 22.5 inches in length, this gives enough room to wiggle around. The bevelled edges of the flipping board enable you to grab the shaped baguette dough without tearing or deflating it. A hole at one end makes it convenient to hang when done....

Jan 09, 2016

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What is Baker’s Couche and How to Use It

What is Baker’s Couche and How to Use It

What is baker’s couche? A quality baker’s couche is professional grade 100% flax linen: natural, untreated and unbleached. It is used to support dough especially baguette during proofing.  Linen is durable, flexible and light, the best material to proof bread. Placing the dough between the folds maintains its shape, absorbs the excess moisture and prevents them from sticking to each other as they increase in size. Only a 100% linen cloth can do all these and release the dough without sticking. It has a wicking property that absorbs a little of the moisture on the surface of the dough without...

Jan 09, 2016

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What is Bread Lame and How to Use It

What is Bread Lame and How to Use It

What is bread lame? Lame, pronounced /læm/ LAHM means “blade” in French. It used to score the dough just before it is placed in the oven. This is done to control the expansion of the dough as it bakes.  It is particularly used for boules and baguettes. A quality lame has comfortable handle to give your hand a firm grip. It has stainless steel stick to hold the razor securely.  And a sharp replaceable razor to create a clean cut on the surface of the dough.   How to use the wooden bread lame? When you have a comfortable hold...

Jan 09, 2016

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What are Banneton Baskets and How to Use Them

What are Banneton Baskets and How to Use Them

What are banneton baskets? Different types of bread look attractive when they are well formed.  Artisan bakers use proofing baskets to achieve that perfect symmetrical round loaves of bread known as  boules. Proofing baskets are called bannetons or brotforms, they give structure and shape to the dough during its final rise. They may vary in shapes and sizes, can be round, oval or oblong and from small (8 inches) to extra large sizes (12 inches).  Most baskets are made of rattan but some are made out of cane, wicker, spruce pulp, terracotta or polyethylene. A banneton basket made of rattan...

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