If you are new to the world of sourdough bread baking, you might be wondering what equipment and tools are needed to bake sourdough bread.
The good news is that you don't need to spend a fortune on kitchen supplies in order to bake sourdough bread successfully.
Here's a list of essential sourdough bread baking tools needed for the easiest and best results!
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Make sure to check out our Sourdough Glossary to get familiar with the terminology used in sourdough baking!
The sourdough starter can be stored in a variety of different containers. They can be made of glass, plastic, or ceramic containers, just to name a few.
Glass containers with straight edges allow you to see the activity of the starter after it has been fed. Some of my favorites are:
Each of these containers comes with a lid that can be used to cover the starter while it rests. I like to keep two containers handy. One to store the extra starter in the fridge and one to transfer a small amount to feed for a recipe.
The best method for measuring ingredients for sourdough recipes is to weigh them with a kitchen scale.
Batter bowl with lid
A batter bowl with a lid is an excellent, multi-purpose tool, that can be used for mixing and resting the dough. The clear sides have measurements on the sides and it also allows you to see how much the dough has risen.
The two favorites that I have in my kitchen are:
A bench scraper can be used to shape the dough, divide the dough, keep it from sticking to the work surface, turn the dough, and much more.
Banneton or proofing bowl
A banneton is a proofing bowl made from organic materials and is anywhere from 8-10" in diameter at the opening. After the dough has had its final shape, it is placed in a proofing bowl for the second rise.
The proofing bowl provides structure to the sides of the dough as it rises so that it keeps its shape when it bakes.
The bowl can be lined with a kitchen towel or floured to prevent the dough from sticking as it rises. Any similar size bowl can be used as a proofing bowl.
Silicone bowl covers are best for keeping dough covered not only because they can be used over and over again, but they keep the dough from drying out on the surface.
Check out my einkorn sourdough bread video to see the silicone bowl cover I use!
A bread lame is a stick-shaped tool that holds a razor on one end that is used to score or slash the dough before it bakes. A very sharp knife can also be used to score the dough.
Because dough will expand at its weakest point as it bakes, it is slashed to control the spot of the expansion.
A dutch oven with a lid is used to bake sourdough bread because it mimics a commercial steam oven.
During the first several minutes of baking, steam is released from the dough and trapped inside the dutch oven which gives the dough a better oven spring.
Long silicone gloves
Sourdough baking requires very hot oven temperatures. Invest in a set of long silicone gloves to protect not only your hands but your forearms as well.
Parchment paper makes it easy to transfer the dough to and from the dutch oven. It also keeps the dough from sticking to the bottom of the baking vessel.
A cooling rack allows air to circulate around the loaf of bread as it cools.
More sourdough baking resources
- How to make a sourdough starter
- When is sourdough starter ready to bake with?
- Baking conversion chart
- How to maintain a sourdough starter
- Sourdough glossary
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