A loaf of artisanal sourdough bread in a proofing basket

What Can I Use Instead Of a Proofing Basket?

There are many containers that people can use in place of a proofing basket to bulk proof their sourdough bread dough. Standard proofing baskets are made with rattan or wood pulp.

These types of proofing baskets are efficient at wicking away the moisture of the bread dough and therefore is one of the best tools you can have when making sourdough. 

So what happens if you can't find a proofing basket due to a shortage, such as what happened during COVID-19?

Here are 5 different containers that I might use in order from most favorable to least favorable. You can use any instead of a proofing basket as long as you line them with fabric such as a tea towel:

  1. Heavy Linen or Cloth that holds the dough shape
  2. A colander 
  3. A wicker basket
  4. A New terra cotta garden pot
  5. A glass or stainless-steel bowl

So don't let the fact that you are waiting, or can't find a bread proofing basket to hold you back from making bread. Get in there and start!

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