14 Sourdough Baking Tools to Make Your Life Easier

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There is not much you HAVE to have in order to make delicious sourdough bread at home. However, having the right baking tools to make sourdough bread can definitely make your life easier. These 14 tools are all things I use on a regular basis and that I highly recommend having if you plan to make sourdough bread frequently.

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Sourdough Baking Tools

1. Kitchen Scale

If you don’t already have a kitchen scale I would highly recommend getting one. While you can use measuring cups, they will not provide the consistency and accuracy that a scale can provide. This is why most sourdough bread recipes are listed by weight. I know sometimes it may feel easier to use measuring cups but I promise the scale is so much easier and as an added bonus you don’t have a bunch of extra dishes to wash at the end.

2. Wide Mouth Jar

When finding a jar to store sourdough starter in there are a few things you will want to keep in mind.

  • Shape- A straight-sided jar will be the easiest way to see when the starter has doubled or more in size. I also prefer a wide-mouth because it is a bigger opening to add ingredients to and for stirring.
  • Color- A clear jar will allow you to see the starter’s activity level and when it is at its peak.
  • Size- I typically store starter in either a pint (16oz) or quart (32oz) jar depending on how much starter I have in my jar. You will want to ensure your starter has at least 2x the amount of space of the jar to grow.

I love the Pro Sourdough Starter Jar from Knead Ace which comes with a rubber lid and my favorite skinny spatula for stirring starter. Or for a more affordable option you can use a wide mouth mason jar.

3. Silicone lids

Any non air-tight lid will work for storing sourdough starter but I love these silicone lids. They are easy to clean and are a perfect fit for my jars. If you have an Ikea by you they are cheaper than on Amazon.

4. Proofing Baskets

Rattan Sourdough Banneton Proofing Basket with cloth liner

I love proofing my sourdough bread in banneton proofing baskets. The rattan basket lined with a fitted cloth is the perfect shape and size to ensure your dough has the support it needs to rise up instead of spreading out. The best value is to get a sourdough kit. Proofing baskets come in a round shape (boule) or loaf shape (batard). If you don’t want to invest in a proofing basket yet you can use a 8-10” bowl lined in a tea towel to proof bread.

rattan banneton proofing basket with a danish dough whisk, bread lame, bench scraper, and bowl scraper inside on marble

5. Mixing Bowl

A clear large mixing bowl or tub is used for making the dough. Clear is the best option because you can asses the dough and visually see when the bread is done proofing. I like to use large glass bowls with plastic lids to keep the dough from drying out. For a cheaper large glass bowl check out this one from Walmart.

6. Dough Whisk

danish dough whisk with two eyes on marble

Not only is this the ultimate dough mixer but due to the open design it gently mixes any kind of batter without the fear of tough baked treats due to over-beating. I love my danish dough whisk from Barlow & Co (use code CountryRoadsSourdough for 10% off). You can them in sourdough kits or on Amazon.

7. Bread knife

Artisan sourdough bread does have a hard, crunchy crust so a sharp bread knife is really helpful for getting clean slices. A long, serrated knife works great. Trust me, nothing is worse than trying to cut bread with a crappy knife.  I’ve had this bread knife for several years and love it! If you are looking for a bow knife this is a great option (be sure to use code CountryRoadsSourdough for 10% off).

Whenever I am getting dough out of a bowl, I use this tool. It is super flexible making it easy to get all the dough out of the bowl.

8. Bench Knife/Scraper

Sourdough bench scraper on marble

This scraper works so well when getting leftover dough off the counter! Plus, it is a great tool to help move dough around and separate it into smaller sections.

9. Silicone Baking Mats

While parchment paper works just fine, these silicone baking mats have been a game changer for me! First off, if you make a lot of bread you end up using so much parchment paper which gets expensive and feels wasteful. Second, parchment paper sometimes puts dents in the dough when baking and makes the loaf look wavy. Plus, they can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy washing!

10. Bread Lame

bread lame with a wood handle with 3 blade replacements on marble

A bread lame is used for scoring bread right before baking it. Having a sharp blade is critical to ensuring a clean cut in the dough with minimal tugging. I’ve recently been loving my magnetic bread lame from KneadAce.

11. Bread Oven or Dutch oven

A bread oven or dutch oven is a great investment to ensure a beautiful loaf every time. It traps in the moisture from the dough, which allows the bread to rise before the crust hardens. This is important for getting good oven spring. Make sure the dutch oven is rated for up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven and is a 5qt or larger.  The main difference between a bread and dutch oven is the bread oven has a shallow base and a tall lid while a dutch oven has a deep base and thin lid. I personally prefer a bread oven but both will work. Secondhand stores are a great place to look for affordable options.

If you are looking to open bake without one you can find more information here.

12. Bowl scraper

orange sourdough bowl scraper on marble

13. Cooling rack

Once your bread comes out of the oven it needs to be removed from the dutch oven immediately. Letting the bread cool in the dutch oven or on the baking sheet it is on will soften the crust and create a soggy bottom. Letting the air circulate around the bread on a cooling rack creates a crisp crust.

14. Rubber spatula

A skinny rubber spatula works great for stirring sourdough starter. A spoon or other stirring tool will work but I like that the spatula easily cleans the sides of the jar after mixing.

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