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Fri Sep 8, 2017, 12:54 PM

A silly little baker's trick I recently learned!

I have been baking bread for most of my adult life.

It is a joy to make, to bake (oh the aroma), and to partake!

It is a pain to clean up the floury mess on utensils, bowl, etc.

I cannot believe I never ran into this little "baker's secret" unitl recently.

While perusing a bread making site, I ran into this tip:

Clean up with cold water!

What???!

My dear mother taught me to clean everything with hot water. Not so much in this case!

I have to tell you, the time this has saved me the past few months makes me laugh, every time I do it now.

Was making a Pullman loaf today, and cleanup was once again so easy, I though that I would share this tidbit.

I don't know what the reason is, maybe hot water gets the gluten super-sticky or something.

Cold water just washes off flour dust like magic, and makes gooey remains wash of easily.

I hope that someone enjoys this time saving fact.

Happy baking!

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Kleveland Sep 2017 OP
Kali Sep 2017 #1
TxDemChem Sep 2017 #2
tavernier Sep 2017 #3
VermontKevin Sep 2017 #4
mgardener Sep 2017 #5
lexington filly Sep 2017 #6
proud patriot Sep 2017 #7
druidity33 Sep 2017 #8
raven mad Sep 2017 #9

Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 01:10 PM

1. if you are in a dry climate it is easier to let dough get hard and crispy then

scrape it off of things - but yeah cold water - same reason for using it in pie crust, you don't want to develop the gluten

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Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 02:26 PM

2. Thanks for spreading the word

I'm going to try this on my next bread batch

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Response to TxDemChem (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 02:53 PM

3. Also any cleanup of eggs.

Hot water makes eggs stick harder.

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Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 02:58 PM

4. Same with eggs and blood. Cold water only.

 

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Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 03:26 PM

5. Thanks for the tip

And if I have to wash something gooey, I use paper towels first then a sponge.

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Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 03:34 PM

6. My mother taught me this about eggs.

Good to know about bread dough, too. Soak pan from scrambled eggs in cold water not hot.

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Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 03:48 PM

7. Thanks

I'll try it

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Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 05:33 PM

8. Has to do with the protein i think...

i recall the word "bonding" being bandied. One of the best smells in the world... fresh baked bread. For me maybe second only to the smell of bacon.

K&R for exposure

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Response to Kleveland (Original post)

Sat Sep 9, 2017, 01:25 AM

9. Got taught that at the ripe old age of 15 by the mom of my then-boyfriend

now husband. I swear, that woman was THE most incredible cook!

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