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ISO Bread Proofing Basket - under $30

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Livingtoeat Jul 22, 2013 11:35 AM

I have discovered an awesome no-knead bread receipe and am now looking for a bread proofing basket. I know they are available at Golda's but they want $40....for a bamboo basket! I have checked Tap Phong and Sunshine Restaurant Supplies and came up with bupkis. I will hit that kitchen supply store at SLM tomorrow (they aren't open on Mondays) but if anyone else knows of a place where I search, it would be appreciated if you could share your knowledge.

Thanks.

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    Strongbad789 Jul 22, 2013 11:51 AM

    I'm pretty sure that I got mine at Nella Cucina on Bathurst, but I don't remember what I paid for it unfortunately.

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      Livingtoeat Jul 22, 2013 02:14 PM

      I took a look at the website and it looks like a William Sonoma kinda store....which is great...but out of my budget right now. When I get flush again, I definately checking that place out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      maxie Jul 22, 2013 11:57 AM

      I'm not in Ontario, but if cost is an issue, those plastic hamburger/hotdog serving containers do in a pinch and are very inexpensive. Any restaurant supply would have them.

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        Livingtoeat Jul 22, 2013 02:16 PM

        In my search, I did see a LOT of different types of baskets and I was wondering if I really NEEDED a proofing basket. But, if I can find one for under $10...what the heck. If not, my life won't end. :)

      2. Kagemusha Jul 22, 2013 12:37 PM

        Who needs a cutesy 40 buck basket?

        http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/din...

        Lahey's tweeks and Bittman's experiments are worth looking at in the NYT archives.

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          Livingtoeat Jul 22, 2013 02:20 PM

          That is exactly the receipe that I am using. I was hoping to find a proofing basket because the dough does have a tendency to stick to the dish towel....unless I use a lot of flour....and then I end up with a beautiful loaf....with lots of flour on it. I might try corn meal or wheat germ and see how that goes. Thanks for the sharing the article.

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            hungryjoanne Jul 22, 2013 05:08 PM

            If you use a combination of white flour and white rice flour on the dish towel, that helps a lot with the sticking. Give it a good coating, and really rub the flour into the towel - that should prevent the dough from sticking.
            (that advice from "Tartine Bread", by Chad Robertson - another no-knead recipe book)

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          asagiri Jul 22, 2013 01:28 PM

          Tap Phong does carry them, but only the oval shaped ones. I bought a few of them less than a yr ago. They cost between $3-5 each, depending on the size. Their at the far left side of the store, near all the wood utensils, cutting boards, etc.

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            Livingtoeat Jul 22, 2013 02:13 PM

            I was in the basket aisle twice and looked high and low and couldn't find any. I even went to the rattan store a couple of doors up Spadina and couldn't find any there either. I guess they had a run on them and haven't re-stocked yet. :)

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            youdonut Jul 22, 2013 01:28 PM

            in a pinch you could use a colander with a floured tea towel inside of it unless you are looking for the ring patterns you get from rattan baskets. from looking on amazon the plastic one they offer is just basically a colander anyways, so a cheap dollar store model would be perfect

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              Livingtoeat Jul 22, 2013 02:18 PM

              I have thought about that...but I was thinking the pattern on the bread might be a bit weird...but then so am I. Like chef....like bread. I will definately give this a try.

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              hungryjoanne Jul 22, 2013 01:30 PM

              Golda's is the only place I was able to find them when I was looking.
              Before I splurged on the banneton, I got good results with a colander lined with a cotton or linen tea towel.

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