Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Cover dough with a clean towel and let rise...

When you're making yeast breads, usually at some point in the process, the recipe says to lightly grease the top of the dough, cover with a clean towel, and let rise in a warm place. Then when the bread is hot out of the oven, after removing it from the pans one of the first things I always do is cover the bread with a towel as it cools.

Rye bread dough rising
Rye bread dough rising beneath a beloved "calendar towel"...

My mom had several kitchen towels that were dedicated "bread towels". These were usually linen towels, like the old-fashioned "calendar towels", rather than fluffy dish towels. Since the bread dough is usually slightly oily, when it comes into contact with the towel, it leaves some oil on the towel.

Use the same towel(s) to cover your bread every time you bake, and you'll avoid soiling additional kitchen towels! :)

I also do less laundry this way, since I can set aside the "bread towels", folded and put on top of my bread machine, to use again before laundering. Just don't wait too long between laundering, since the oil in the towel can become rancid.

(And as a side note, remember that electric clothes dryers say never to put items in that have been in contact with oil, since the oil won't completely wash out.)

Homemade wheat bread recipe
Homemade whole wheat bread -- our all-time most-used recipe! :)

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I made steel cut oats in the slow cooker but am still hoping to experiment with different ways.

Thank you SO much for the bread tips! I just got a new KitchenAid for Christmas and am hoping to do more bread baking in the New Year.
I posted about drying fresh cilantro today!

I love your whole wheat bread recipe up above and posted a tip for making your own jar lid grippers. Hope it come s in "handy" for others as well! ;o)
Thanks, Kristin

Hi Tammy :-)
I bake bread in the oven. And I have found both for bread dough as well as pizza dough, that it rises best if I set the bowl in my unlit oven to rise. Especially in the winter - my kitchen is so-o drafty :-{. Once I start rolling the dough out to put into pans, I start preheating the oven.

Cheryl B. from The Bz House That Love Built -

I make a lot of 5 minutes a day Artisan breads, so I put the dough in a glass bowl with a lid that does not make an airtight seal.

I haven't shared a tip ion a while, but I am doing a pantry challenge for the month of January and thought I'd share a few tips for how I do it and find substitutions when I run out of an ingredient:

Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers

Hi, Tammy,

I have a post with 25 tips for novice bakers that will help them step-by-step through the bread making process. One good one is buttering the crust when bread or rolls come out of the oven so it isn't so hard and crusty.

Another is making sure you prepare bread in a draft-free environment so it doesn't kill the yeast.

A third is saving potato water from boiling potatoes to use for the water in the bread recipe. The starch helps the flour granules adhere together so it isn't so crumbly after baking.

Teresa @ Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
here's the post:

you will note that I referenced your website at the bottom of the post.

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