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San Francisco Sourdough Bread Starter
You can make that crusty flavorful San Francisco Sourdough Bread in your own kitchen--I promise! With the San Francisco sourdough starter, my detailed instruction booklet and my free unlimited tech support, you CANNOT fail! Your family and friends will not believe you baked this beautiful artisan sourdough bread yourself.
Sourdough bread is made with wild yeast instead of packaged baker's yeast. The San Francisco sour dough starter that you will receive is made up of a tiny amount of flour, the live wild yeast organisms, and another live organism called a lactobacillus, which is what creates the sour flavor in your sourdough bread. If you'll follow the detailed instructions in the printed booklet you receive with your sourdough starter, you will not only make your own homemade sourdough bread, you'll have fun doing it. The San Francisco sour dough starter also makes wonderful pancakes and waffles too. Take a look at the sourdough recipes on the Recipes page. By the way, shipping for the Sourdough Starter is free--in the USA, Western Europe, Canada & Australia, and most other places in the world too. Tell Me More
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Alton Brown recommends that you allow your dough to rise in a container with straight sides--otherwise, how will you ever know when it has actually doubled? It's all a guessing game in a mixing bowl that slopes from very small at the bottom to w-i-d-e at the top. Just put your dough in one of these handy buckets with a rubber band (or masking tape) marking the top of the dough and there will be absolutely no doubt about when it has doubled. Made of food-grade polyethylene, it is heavy-duty and dishwasher safe. All this for only $11.99 for the 6-Quart size and $9.99 for the 3.5-Quart. Plus, it comes with a tight-fitting lid, which expands its uses to great refrigerator/freezer storage for just about anything! I use mine when I make homemade soup or chili in a big batch (doesn't take much more time with all the stuff out and the kitchen messy). And then, when I don't want to cook, I just just nuke it and sit on the deck instead of cooking. And remember, if you order more than one item, the freight goes way down.
I was surprised when I compared this 'old fashioned' analog instant-read thermometer with one of those new digital ones. I'm all about new kitchen tools, but in this case, the digital is in the drawer. This one reads temps twice as fast as the fancy one that needs a battery. Go figure! Anyway, it's nearly impossible to tell when a loaf of sourdough bread is ready to take out of the oven without one of these. If you already have one, then use it! Or, if yours has a small little dial that's hard to read, get this one anyway. A loaf of bread is done when its internal temp is between 200° and 210° F. This therm is included in all of the breadmaker kits. By itself, it's $10 with only $1 shipping.
One of the great inventions for the kitchen in recent times. Nothing will stick to this stuff!! Don't know why they named it parchment paper--should've been called 'silicone paper' but that's our wonderful English language for you...doesn't always make sense. The point is that this is something else you need if you have any inclination toward baking anything--cookies, cakes, pies, bread... This is a Jumbo roll with 71 square feet of non-stick ease and it's only $6.99. It doesn't weigh much, so if you get it with other items, it usually won't add much to the shipping. If you need it by itself, shipping is $4.95 to anywhere in the USA.
An Ultra-Sharp Razor Knife for Making Slashes in Your Risen Loaves of Sourdough Bread
Loaves of unbaked bread that are fully risen are delicate and need a very sharp edge and a gentle hand to slash them without having a 'deflate!' This little knife, with its snap-off blade sections, is the perfect tool for the job. If you save it for only cutting bread dough, it will take it a long time to become dull, but when it does, you just snap off the end and voila! a brand new sharp edge. You'll love this little gadget for other tasks in your home, so maybe you should order two, since the price is right and the shipping is FREE!! $2.99 with Free Shipping.
Porcelain Butter Keeper
Attractive and easy
Keep your butter fresh, soft and sweet without refrigeration in the Porcelain Butter Keeper. The French have known this wonderful secret for years. Now you can always have soft, spreadable butter for your homemade sourdough bread. And the price is right at only $9.99.
If you cook or bake or even grill, then you need to have a pastry brush in your kitchen drawer--because it's for much more than pastry. But you need one especially when you want to make beautiful as well as great-tasting San Francisco Sourdough Bread. For some reason, bread made with a sourdough starter is notorious for not browning as well as breads made with conventional packaged yeasts, so an egg wash is more necessary with sourdough. This handy little multi-tasker comes in all of the breadmaker kits. By itself, it's a mere $3 with $1.50 added for shipping if you don't need anything else.
Do you have an Oven Thermometer?
If you don't, you probably should have one. Do you know if your oven's thermostat is accurate? Even if your it's brand new, your ove's thermostat could be off as much as 50° F. You'll know when this little thermometer goes into your oven. Then, when you bake, you'll get much more predictable results. $6.99 plus $1 shipping.
Incredible Tomato Slicer
I'll bet you've never seen a knife quite like this one--I hadn't. When my friend gave me mine, he told me that I wouldn't believe how it could slice a tomato, and he was right! Unlike other types of cutlery, this blade is both hollow ground and serrated on both sides. This unique combination allows you to be incredibly accurate with a remarkably sharp knife whether you are right or left-handed.
Basics Tool Kit $43
Having the right tools for the task is essential to every artist or craftsman and baking that crusty San Francisco Sourdough Bread is no exception: In this baker's tool kit, you'll get the original San Francisco sourdough starter, the detailed instruction booklet and recipes, the Wire-Bail Jar for protecting your stash in the fridge, the crinkly all-cotton tea towel, the ultra-sharp razor knife for slashing your delicate risen dough,the pastry brush, the chrome-topped glass cornmeal shaker for coating your baking sheet or stone, the instant-read thermometer to determine when your wonderful sourdough bread is done, the amazingly efficient bowl scraper to help you clean up and a baker's dozen of the heavy-duty long bread bags. A $49+ value for only $43 plus $9.50 for shipping.
Everything that's in the Breadmaker Basics ToolKit, the original San Francisco sourdough starter, the detailed instruction booklet and recipes, the Wire-Bail Jar for protecting your stash in the fridge, the crinkly all-cotton tea towel, the ultra-sharp razor knife for slashing your delicate risen dough,the pastry brush, the chrome-topped glass cornmeal shaker for coating your baking sheet or stone, the instant-read thermometer to determine when your wonderful sourdough bread is done, the amazingly efficient bowl scraper to help you clean up and a baker's dozen of the heavy-duty long bread bags plus you get the Unique handmade Starter Stirrer, the multi-tasking Dough Divider /Scraper Chopper, The Perfect Beaker, the Loud Ring Timer, and the 3.5-Quart Dough Rising Bucket,! $95+ value in 14 great tools for only $85 plus only $14.50 for shipping in the USA.
A $146+ VALUE! Save $13!! With the Expert Baker Tool Kit, you'll get the San Francisco Sourdough Starter, the Wire-Bail Jar, the Ultra-Sharp Razor Knife, the All-Cotton Tea Towel, the Instant-Read Thermometer, the Chrome-Topped Glass Shaker, the handy Bowl Scraper, a Baker's Dozen of the Long, Bread-Shaped Heavy Plastic Bags, the multi-tasking Dough Divider/Scraper, the unique handmade Starter Stirrer, the Perfect Beaker that's beautiful in addition to being efficient, the 3.5-Quart Rising Tub, the Long- Loud-Ring Kitchen Timer, the Rada Stoneware Bread Pan that thinks it's a brick oven, and the Chicago Metallic Professional Double Bread Pan. An awesome assortment of baker's tools--all in one neat package. Shipping in the USA adds only $18.
The Master Baker Tool Kit $199
A $216+ VALUE! Save $17!! With the Master Baker Tool Kit, you'll get the basics plus all the bells and whistles--the San Francisco Sourdough Starter, Jar, Razor Knife, Tea Towel, Thermometer, Shaker, Bowl Scraper, Heavy Plastic Bags, Dough Scraper, Starter Stirrer, the Perfect Beaker, 3.5-Quart Dough Rising Tub, the Long, Loud-Ring Kitchen Time, the Rada Stoneware Bread Pan and the Chicago Metallic Professional Double French Bread Pan, the fabulous Bread Knife, the White Porcelain Butter Keeper, the White Baker's Bib Apron, and the Brotform Banneton Old World Dough Rising Basket. An awesome assortment of baker's tools--something any baker would love. USA shipping adds only $18.
Chicago Metallic Double Long Loaf Form
Shape two long loaves of Italian or French Sourdough in thiswonderful pan. It's lifetime non-stick and the tiny holes allow the heat of your oven to circulate. Any serious breadmaker needs one of these! $21 plus $10 Shipping in the USA.
This Bormioli-Rocco clear glass jar with its hermetic wire bail closure is the perfect container for protecting your sourdough starter stash in the fridge. It won't spill and nobody will throw it out 'by accident.' Plus, it's a great-looking jar! $9.99 plus $10 for Shipping in the USA.
Francisco Sourdough Bread Starter is viscous and
sticky and it's sometimes hard to mix. This stirrer that my husband
invented is sort
of a cross between a whisk and a spoon and it works great for mixing
all kinds of things...sticky starter included!. You've
probably not seen a stirrer like this one and you're gonna love it
because it's useful and beautiful too! You'll get one of these in
most of the kits, but you can order one for only $9.99
with only $2 added for shipping!
You've seen Alton Brown use it on his TV show, and you know how picky he is about his kitchen tools. The Perfect Beaker is addictive! I've been using it in my kitchen for several years and it's always my first choice out of the cabinet . Made from high impact polymer that's shatterproof and resistant to breaking, the Perfect Beaker is top rack dishwasher safe and a bargain at only $9.99 plus $4.75 shipping.
If none of the Breadmaker's ToolKits I've put together gives you what you want, then you can put together your own custom kit and get exactly the tools you need and not pay for the ones you already have in your kitchen. Just go to the Make Your Own Toolkit Page and you'll find out how to get what you want, without paying for anything you don't want--especially extra freight charges. And always, if you have questions, just email me, and you'll get an answer--a promise I keep!
The Brotform Bread Rising Basket
Sometimes called a Banneton (pronounced BANN-tahn), these natural cane hand woven rising baskets help shape your loaf of sourdough bread in its final proofing. As the dough rises in the Brotform Banneton Rising Basket, the basket's coils and flour dusting provide a beautiful shape and decor for a traditional hearth bread. The 9" basket holds a one-pound loaf and it's sort of expensive--$33. Fortunately it doesn't weigh much, so shipping adds only $7
A Really Good Timer
If you're anything like I am, you have to have a timer--actually two or three of them--in your kitchen. If I didn't have mine, I'd always let the butterbeans boil over (what a mess they make) and worse yet, I'd burn my beautiful sourdough bread. Well, anyway, I've owned lots of timers and they either quit working (like the one I thought I was in love with..............) or their ring isn't loud enough or it doesn't ring long enough to get my attention or they're a real pain to set and reset (You've got it--I'm lazy too! Actually, I call myself efficient!). Getting to the point here, I've tried and discarded many timers, and I've finally found one that really works for me that's also a great price too. I gave one to my daughter-in-love and she loves it too. It comes with a battery and it's only $6.99 plus $2 shipping.
Heavy Plastic Bags that Actually Fit!!
I love these bread bags...finally a nice heavy plastic bag that will hold a long baguette or two. I couldn't give my long baguettes as gifts because I didn't have anything nice to package them in—now I do! And USA shipping is only $1!
Long Bread Bags for Your Baguettes
inches long * 6 inches wide * 3½ inches
Chrome-Topped Glass Shaker
I must have half a dozen of these handy shakers in my kitchen cabinet--I keep them full of flour, powdered sugar, cornmeal, grated Parmesan, kosher salt, freshly ground (in an extra coffee grinder) black pepper, red pepper flakes or whatever. They make it easy to shake a little of what you need in a controlled area. They're glass, not plastic, so they're pretty enough for the table too. And the price is reasonable at $3.99. One of these comes in every kit, but if you want it by itself, shipping is just $2.50.
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If you've baked with sourdough, you know how sticky and clingy it is--much, much more so than any other kind of dough. It's stiff and thin enough to scrape a bowl far better than any spatula--and it's flexible enough to curve to the shape of the bowl. It won't replace your spatulas--but this is one tool you're going to thank me for--I just know it. This handy little tool is also a multi-tasker. I use it all the time to 'scrape' up onions or peppers that I've chopped--just like its cousin, the metal Bench Knife/Dough Divider/Scraper. Plus, you'll probably like the price too. Can't get much that's really useful and doesn't wear out these days for $1.99, but that's all you'll pay--and in the USA, you get free shipping to boot. What a deal!
Made of unglazed stoneware, this pan is like the ovens used by professional bakeries to provide an even baking temperature and a perfect crust for your wonderful homemade San Francisco Sourdough Bread. It measures 5- 1/2 by 9 inches on the inside and holds 7 cups. It's dishwasher safe so you can use it for baking meatloaf, casseroles, cakes and quick breads as well as your own San Francisco Sourdough Bread. The price is $29 and shipping will add $10 if you order just the pan, because it weighs a lot. If you get it in one of the Breadmaker Tool Kits or with other breadmaking toys, though, you'll save a lot on the shipping.
The Fabulous Bread Knife
San Francisco Sourdough Bread is so crusty you need a special bread knife to slice through the thick crust without damaging that wonderful crumb. And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get it! Only $11 plus $2 for shipping in the USA.
Dough Divider, Scraper & Chopper
If you cook, you need this tool...but even more so if you bake bread. You will find yourself using it constantly for dividing your dough, lifting sticky dough from the counter, and cleaning up the flour that's left. Truly a multi-tasking tool, (I'm sure Alton would approve!) I can't function with just one--I have three of them out in plain sight next to my chopping block. When you chop onions, just scoop them up with this handy blade and put them exactly where you want them. The blade is not sharp like a knife, but it is tapered and made of stainless steel, so I use it to chop all sorts of things instead of getting out a knife to do the little jobs. Easy to clean in the dishwasher. And of course, the price is right at $8.99 with only $3 for shipping. Buy it in one of the BreadMaker's Kits and you'll pay even less!
An all-cotton towel is much more efficient for covering rising dough than plastic wrap--it won't stick to the dough and it's so much easier to put on and take off that that blasted plastic wrap that gets wrinkled or sticks to itself. And that's not even mentioning that cotton recycles itself in the washing machine--no plastic to throw away--or the fact that that's what my Grandma Nana used to cover her rising loaves of homemade light bread. $3.99 with free USA shipping.
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