Essential & Non-Essential Sourdough Equipment
You can get all essential equipment to make sourdough from our shop.
You don’t need a lot – but here is a list of the essential equipment that you need to make sourdough at home.
- A fridge if you want to bake retarded loaves.
- A pot with a lid – not a glass jar and definitely not one that is airtight for your sourdough starter. Preferably 2 as it makes cleaning easier as you can soak one jar and refresh into the other.
- Wooden spoon – or use your hands.
- Tea towels – essential. I use a wet one on the dough to stop a skin from forming during autolyse and bulking
- A large bowl – you could mix on the table – but it is messy.
- A dough scraper – is essential.
- A balloon whisk to get air in (optional).
- A lame.
- 2 x 1kg lined bannetons OR a length of 40cm of couche (or heavy-duty cotton tea towels well dusted with flour in colanders if you need to keep costs down).
- A Baking Dome or a Dutch Oven to keep in the steam and bake evenly.
- A rack to put the bread on to cool – or it will get a soggy bottom.
- A breadboard.
- A bread knife. Trust me you want a robust knife.
- A bread bag or pillowcase to store your bread in.
- A Brot and Taylor proofer is very useful to maintain DDT in a cold kitchen. But you can use your oven with just the light on, or use a seed propagator for warmth and temperature control.