Sourdough Supply List
These are the items you will need to bake bread at home. The first five are needed, but the rest are additional items which are fun and make it easier. I also include a flour list. I have attached links to Amazon which is the easiest place to buy these things.
Dried Sourdough Starter 20 grams
$10.50 includes domestic shipping and handling.
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1. You will need sourdough starter. If we are doing a lesson, this will be included. Our starter is active, full of life and flavor - just waiting to be revived in your kitchen.
2. Banneton - This 8 or 9 inch proofing basket is what will give you nice lines on your bread and allow it to shape into a lovely loaf.
3. Enameled cast iron dutch oven. This link is for the Lodge which is a tried and true brand. You will bake your bread in this. You can use a regular cast iron dutch oven, but I think these handle a bit better and are pretty too. I recommend a 5 or 6 quart one. Make sure it can withstand oven temperatures of 500 degrees, as many of the cheaper ones don't and will not hold up well. If money is not an issue, can't go wrong with the Le Creuset!
4. A digital scale is a must. It will make baking all sorts of sourdough treats easier.
5. A bowl scraper is helpful and will allow you to shape and cut the dough.
For flours, I use All purpose unbleached, artisan or bread flour and whole wheat flour. I like Bob's Red Mill brand and King Arthur's. I use white rice flour to keep the dough from sticking in the proofing basket.
If you want to make a sandwich loaf, I only recommend the USA Bakeware pan which is available in a 13" or 9" pan. You need the one with the lid. But for the sandwich bread, you will not need a banneton, dutch oven or lame. Just pan, scale and a scraper.
I have provided amazon links for convenience.
= Nice Set
Or...I prefer this second set,
These are now extra items. They are not necessary, but kind of fun to have.
1. A lame (pronounced LAHM)- You will need a razor to score your bread. A lame makes it easier as it is a long handle which your razor attaches to. This helps you come in at a better angle for a nicer score, and helps so you won't get burned by your dutch oven. Alternately, you could use a serrated knife. It won't give you as clean of a score line, but it will work.
2. A danish whisk is nice because it makes mixing your dough easier. Alternately, you could use your hands.
3. You can keep your starter in a crock or mason jar. But I really like the Weck tulip bottom jars. I like to keep two on hand, one liter jar and the smaller one for levain. I only use the rubber sealers if it is going into the refrigerator. But mason jars work great too.
4. Another non necessity but helpful item are gloves. They keep cleanup to a minimum. You can get them anywhere, but don't go with the really thin ones. They will not work for this purpose.
In time, you can add one of these bad boys: haha