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Jul 17, 2013 07:31 AM

Bakers, how do you clean up flour mess?

The only thing I don't like about baking bread or pie crust is all the flour. Even using a silpat like rolling sheet I still end up with flour on the counter. I was watching the American Baking Competition this summer and they showed a clip of one baker, Brian I think, at home cooking and he whipped out either the hose of his home vacuum or the shop vac and was vacuuming up all the stray flour off the counter. I was dumbfounded. What a genius idea. Has anyone else tried this?

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  1. A board scraper followed by a wet dishrag work just fine. Getting out the vacumn would be too much trouble for me.

    8 Replies
    1. re: Liz K

      I make the bread near the sink so I can scrape the extra flour into my undermount sink and then wipe counter with a damp paper towel.

      1. re: escondido123

        I too scrape off with a board scraper. i do it over the DW into my hand. Any that falls goes in there. Can't do too much or it may gum up the works.

        Wipe with a dish rag.

        I dare suggest I can do that faster than you can get out the vacuum.


        1. re: Davwud

          I've got a funny image in my head that won't go away -

          I thought "DW" was shorthand for "dear wife"


          Guess not.

          1. re: G8trDoc

            That's hysterical! My DH (dear husband) used to think that LOL meant lots of love--his friends didn't quite get it!

      2. re: Liz K

        Also the tips of all the vacuum attachments have been under furniture and places in the garage that I don't want to have contact with the area that I prepare food.

        1. re: Michelly

          Good point! Eeuuwww.... If you have to wash the counters after you vacuum, all you've done is add a step. I'm stickin' with my scraper and microfiber cloth.

          1. re: Michelly

            You can have multiple vacs (as we do) or even just multiple tools in your household to prevent this. I had a thought that one could use colored electrical tape to dedicate different tools to different areas of the home.

            1. re: Michelly

              A small little vacuum reserved for the kitchen would be a good idea.

          2. I use an offset spatula to scrape the flour off the counter, then use a wet paper towel to wipe up what's left, then a dish rag.
            Vacuum would be a bother.

            1. I also use a bench scraper to get the loose stuff, then a quick wipe down with a damp cloth. It usually takes all of 2 minutes.

              1. I do a fair amount of fresh bread each week.

                A large clean, wet sponge is all I have ever used.

                1. Sweep it off of the counter (using your hand, bench scraper, whatever isn't wet) directly into the trash can. That being said, I often vacuum my counter, oven and drawers but only when I'm all ready vacuuming the kitchen floor.