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Essential Tools for the Sourdough Baker

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Sourdough starters are a fun and satisfying hobby that yield delicious results! Learn what tools you really need to be successful at baking your own awesome sourdough bread and discard recipes!

As a sourdough baker for over ten years, I have tried all the gadgets and have a shelf filled with all the cookbooks!

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New to sourdough? Read my Ultimate Guide to Sourdough for Beginners to answer all the questions you have!

What tools do you need to bake sourdough?

Sourdough doesn’t require many specialized products to use.  There are a few things you need to make keeping and using your sourdough starter easier. At the very least, you need a jar to keep it in. 

Other tools you use depend on what kind of recipes you are creating with it. Simpler recipes require items you probably already have on hand – mixing bowls, rolling pins, a mixer, etc. 

One item I do recommend everyone who uses sourdough to own is a scale to measure out flour and water with. This is especially handy for feeding your starter.

More advanced technical sourdough bread baking recipes do require different tools that you might need, but that depends on each recipe.

Here is my guide to my favorite resources and bread tools for baking with your sourdough starter!

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Etekcity Food Scale with Bowl
This is a must have tool for really great sourdough baking! A good scale (with a tare/zero feature) make weighing out your ingredients SO simple!
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Danish Dough Whisk
A dough whisk is one of those things you don't think you need – until you use one!
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Dexter-Russell Rosewood Handle Dough Scraper
A great tool for kneading, dividing, and shaping dough, a good bench knife is so helpful for high hydration doughs!
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Bread Banneton Proofing Basket [Set of 2]
Also known as brotforms, these natural cane baskets are used to hold and proof dough in its final shape.
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Bread Bakers Lame
A specialty knife to score bread and create intricate designs on top with ease. Its easy to start with just a cheap plastic one or a razor blade, but having a beautiful one is extra special!
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Wusthof 9 Inch Double Serrated Bread Knife Classic
Baking all that crusty artisan bread means you need a good knife! A good quality, durable bread knife is a great gift that will last. This one is the one I own and its effective, beautiful, and slices bread beautifully.
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Walnut Cutting Board
A good board for cutting and storing a beautiful loaf of bread not only looks beautiful, but it helps a bread knife stay sharp.
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Sourdough Starter Jar with Chalkboard
Having a pretty place to store your starter is fun! I like clear jars because then its easy to tell when your starter needs fed, or when its ready to use! This one has a label so you don't forget what is inside it!
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Tartine Bread Book
Tartine is a must have book for baking great sourdough bread!
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The Simple Sourdough Starter Course
For the new sourodugh baker, nothing beats a course that breaks steps, information, and tools down into simple and easy to understand steps. The Simple Sourdough Starter course will help get you there!
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New World Sourdough
This cookbook is so fun and filled with great recipes you won't find elsewhere!
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Don’t have a sourdough starter yet? Make one with this super easy how to make a sourdough starter guide!

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