Bread Making Tools

At its core, bread is simply flour, water and a little bit of salt. There really is no need for fancy equipment, with just these simple ingredients, a mixing bowl, and a heat source you can make some damn delicious bread.

In this post, I’ll be going over some of my recommendations for tools that would be useful in your sourdough and bread making journey. Aside from the items I mentioned previously, you really don’t need much, but I’ve included other items here that are great to have if you’d like to take your baking experiments to the next level. The items on this list are ones I personally use.

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For your starter:

OXO Jar Spatula

I never thought I’d have a favorite spatula…but here we are. Long handle for reaching to the bottom of a container, and a blade that’s the perfect mix of stiffness and flexibility for mixing and scraping your sticky starter

Mason Jars

These are great for storing your starter and you probably already have them in your kitchen. I always keep a few of these handy for when I want to make different types of levain, like my chocolate or sweet stiff starter.

Baking essentials:

Kitchen Scale

Measuring by weight is more accurate and will lead to more consistent results when you’re following a recipe, measuring out baker’s percentages or calculating hydration levels. This scale is cheap but dependable. I might invest in a fancier one down the road, but my Ozeri is a work horse in my kitchen and hasn’t failed me yet.

Oven Thermometer

A hot oven is essential to bread baking. Many ovens (like mine) don’t have an accurate built-in thermometer. Having one of these helps ensure you’re baking at the right temperature. This one is recommended by America’s Test Kitchen.

Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven

Lodge makes great quality products. This Dutch oven traps in steam during baking and provides a super-heated environment that result in nice tall loaves

Parchment Paper

You may not always need it, but I think when you’re dealing with dough that you’ve spent hours working on, it’s better safe than sorry. Parchment is the best at preventing breads and other baked goods from sticking to cake pans, baking trays or Dutch Oven, so I always use it.

Cooling Racks

Allows air to circulate under bread after baking and prevents the bottom from getting soggy from condensation.

Mixing and bulking:

Mixing Bowls

Versatile set, perfect for most jobs in the kitchen. The large-sized bowl is perfect for hand mixing dough. Pro-tip: write out the weight of each bowl with a sharpie for when you forget to TARE your scale.

Dough Scraper

Great to have for scraping sticky dough from your bowl or your fingers.

Cambro Food Containers

One of my favorite kitchen tools. I use these for everything from storing my flours and grains to bulking dough.

Bench Knife

Essential tool for handling, splitting and moving dough. Having one makes quick work of scraping dough off your work surface too.

Scoring:

Rice Flour

I always dust my dough with rice flour to prevent it from getting stuck during my final proof. Because it doesn’t brown as much as wheat flour, it makes scoring patterns stand out and look great in contrast to thick brown crusts.

Lazy Susan

Using a mini lazy Susan like this one makes turning your loaf while scoring super easy.

UFO Corbeau Lame

My absolute favorite lame. This lame handles so well and makes scoring intricate patterns a breeze. The best part is it’s made of 100% recycled materials by Tyler, an artisan from Brooklyn, NY.

Mini Sieve

I use this sieve for dusting rice flour on my dough right before scoring.

Other tools:

Mockmill 200

Quickly becoming one of my favorite tools in my kitchen. I almost always use at least 30% freshly-milled grains whenever I bake. My mill is super easy to operate and produces really fine flour. Highly recommend investing in one if you want to make healthier bread and are ready to take your bread making to the next level.

For a great source of organic grains, try Azure Standard. They offer an amazing selection of wheat, ancient and gluten-free grains, with a really great shipping program!

Fine Mesh Sifter

When I use freshly-milled flour, I often sift the bran and soak it separately before adding it back into my dough mix. I think this helps with achieving a fluffier crumb

Bread Knife

You’ll need a good bread knife to slice into your nice crusty loaves. Victornox makes a great one, and if well cared for will last you for a good while.


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