No Dutch Oven?

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  1. thechad

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    Well, usually I post here about guitar and amp stuff. But desperate times call for desperate measures! So, with some free time on my hands I am experimenting with sourdough breads. I don't have a dutch oven to bake a loaf in properly, and any big pots I have are only oven safe up to 325 or 350f. So I can't use them as a semi-dutch oven as the loafs need to bake around 500f.

    Any bakers in here that have some tips or tricks on baking a sourdough without a dutch oven?
    Or should I take the hit and go buy one before I waste my time messing around?
     
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    Can't you just bake it in the oven by having a pan of water steaming underneath?
     
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    I would get one. They are pretty useful and you can get one pretty cheap.

    But I don't know that they are necessary. A ceramic pot should also work.
     
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    I thought this was about something else. Wrong kind of Dutch oven. Never mind.
     
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    Where did you get your SD starter?

    Been dreaming of doing some sourdough bread myself.
     
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    I can't help with the Dutch oven, except to say that here in Holland my regular oven won't even go up to 500 F, it tops out at about 485 F.

    I have a heavy cast-iron pot with a lid - I think that's pretty much what a Dutch oven is. You should get one if you can - it's also very useful for any number of other purposes. All the recipes from the USA that call for some kind of slow-cooker appliance, I just do them for half the time in the oven with my big cast-iron pot.

    But you got me interested in this sourdough thing. I have never tried making any kind of bread. Can you direct me to any particular sites where you have found good recipes for making this?
     
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    bite the bullet and get a dutch oven. a very useful gadget to have in the kitchen
    mine came with a trivet for doing roasts and the like to keep the food off the bottom of the pan
     
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    Just get yourself a bag of unbleached organic wheat flour, and some non-chlorinated water. Mix and wait. It's just that easy!
     
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    There are different starters, some better than others, right? This is just rolling the dice. Find out if someone near your makes sourdough bread. They'd probably be happy to split off some starter for you.
     
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    You just can order some off eBay or Amazon. eBay is pretty cheap I guess.

    But I just made mine with some flour and water. It took me 7 days cuz it's my first, but it's bubbly!

    It's name is Mason. Mason Jar and it's 7 days old, airborne yeast. :D
    Will double in size when I feed it.



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    Yes, that should work. No need for a special container. And bonus, you can easily check if your bread is ready without burning your hands.
     
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    What’s that thing on top of the lid?
     
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    What are your pots made of that they can only handle 325f? Teflon coated? If it's just the handles that can't tolerate 500F can you remove the handles and cover the pot with foil?

    For temperature consistency I saw Alton Brown on food network use a large terra cotta pot to hold temperature for a standing rib roast. Maybe you have a crock pot? You could bake in the crock and cover with foil.
     
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    No! And no Filthy Sanchez either.
     
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    This cap/lid was originally sold as a drink shaker accessory, but it's actually perfect for starters because the main lid has holes in it, and then there's this round cap that fits over it but isn't perfectly air tight. These jars and lids are sold as cocktail mixers/strainers.
     
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    I've been expecting you :lol:
     
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    They have glass lids and silicone integrated tabs on the handles....not sure which part is the limiting factor but would rather not have burned handles or shattered glass in my bread... I might try your crock pot idea...but might use the pot as a lid on a baking sheet....and if my bread is any good maybe get a dutch oven for future use
     
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    I used to live in Finland where sourdough rye bread is very popular. After moving back to canada I began to miss it and began experimenting and combining a few recipe ideas from a few sites to create my own version of sourdough rye bread to bake myself. This is my first time doing wheat breads. It is a fun project if you have patience. If you are interested there are a number of sources online, I think many of them would be useful to start. To get started all you need is flour and water....and a whole bunch of time and patience! Sounds like you already have the gear to get started!
     
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    I think this is somewhat of a work around to produce the same effect. Thanks for the tip!
     
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