Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dough Rising Bucket - Make Your Own!


Making your own dough rising bucket - big deal, hardly the greatest thing since the wheel! But I 'made' my dough bucket and thought its a very nice, if not really necessary thing to have. If you are new to baking yeast breads, yeast dough needs to be proofed till it has doubled, almost doubled etc. Since I am not a veteran bread baker (if you are one, please don't laugh!), what I normally do is place the dough in a container, stick a scale inside near the wall of the container, read the level. Then mark the level up to where it has to rise in order to double, proof till it reaches the mark. Works fine for me. But when I saw dough rising buckets on some bakeware sites, I wishfully thought it would be really nice to have one. Then, made my own, one of those uber simple things which make you wonder why you did not do this before. Nothing very ingenious, but again, if you bake yeast breads, here is a nice, inexpensive but useful thing to have. Transparent food grade containers with lids, a permanent water-proof marker which works on plastic surfaces and a scale is all you need. And uh, maybe broad transparent adhesive tape to cover what you write, just in case the permanent marker turns out to be a temporary one.


So we first go to the nearby departmental store, buy a couple of suitable boxes. Maybe 2-3 sizes, for varying amounts of dough. I got 2. Naw, am lying, I got 3. I was scared I would probably draw a slanting line on the box and I would not be able to erase the 'permanent' mark. But my fears were completely unfounded. Nope, I did not draw a perfect straight line! I was able to easily erase the slanting line :(. So much for the permanent marker I got! Alright, slow me got another marker which read as water-proof, suitable for plastic, glass metal blah blah. The small ones for 1 1/2 cups of flour dough kind and a bigger one for more. Need enough space for dough to rise till double and still have more space left.

So wash and dry the containers. In the worst case and the poorest marker, we can use the markings at least once when we take pictures. And re-write with a better marker later! And cover with tape. Just to be sure.


I like to read the dough level in centimeters, so have marked accordingly, 1/2 a centimeter and 1 centimeter readings. Suit yourself. A straight line first.  My Math teacher will be proud of me (hopefully) - I start marking from where the scale reads 0 centimeters, then go on till the rim of the container. Allow it to dry, resist from testing the quality of the marker. Pictures first. Hardly a life-threatening situation, but take the risk later.



In goes my dough, press down gently to make it flat. Reads 4 cm. Either mark level (unbelievably, people like me actually tend to forget simple single digit numbers like 4!) with colored insulated tape kind of thing or make a note somewhere (avoid scribbling on your palm), preferably in a nice place like your baking book or recipe print-out.  And yeah, cover the lid. Keep in a warm place.



Now, when my dough reaches 8, yeah, 4+ 4 its time to put it in the pan! You could actually laze on the couch and ask your kids to tell you the reading. For all the holiday stress, this this the least they can do for you ;-). Its such a pleasure to not be in doubt whether the dough has doubled!

Now that I have shared my hi-tech bucket idea with you, could you please tell me fool-proof ways or things to permanently mark plastic with? Indelible ink? May be next time I go to cast my vote, I should bribe someone there to give me just 10 ml of that ink? How about black nail polish? Tell me!

18 comments:

Parita said...

So kewl Suma! thanks for sharing!

Hari Chandana said...

Very helpful post.. thanks for sharing !!
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Zee said...

That's a smart idea!

Divya Kudua said...

This is such a great idea Suma,now why didn't I think of it!!I always have trouble with the doubling-not doubling part and always go with my instinct.Another problem with me is my impatience which causes me to open the container and check the dough(which I am told is not very good for the yeast dough).With this dough bucket,I'll be able to see the dough rising and in exact measures too-Bravo!

simran said...

nice post......great idea....try and get the "sharpie" permanent markers from the US...they are pretty good....though I like your nail paint idea too....and who says it has to be black..i kinda like the idea of a hot pink marking!

Srimathi said...

A very cool idea. It got me smiling.

Tina said...

Nice post dear..Very useful.

Sumanjit Kaur Tripathy-Obsession said...

Great idea Suma.
Thanks.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Till now I used to relay on my instinct but you have shared a cool way to measure the dough now. Thanks Suma

Priya said...

Brilliant idea Suma,thanks for sharing.

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

This is so helpful...fab idea and well illustrated !! Thanks..

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

this is simply brilliant! wonder why it dint occur to me till now

the mad said...

Thanks Suma. I will give up my crude method of using the spoon and sticking a piece of dough as maker. Not tha I am a baker but after 2 good loaves I am buoyed up.:D

s2001 said...

cool. very very useful.

Shri said...

Wow...that's super innovative idea ! cheap and easy to make. Suma, I enjoy reading your write-ups, your recipes are great but your write-ups makes them whole-some !!!

Tummy Delites said...

wow....How innovative.....!!

Patricia Himes said...

Thanks Suma.
You just saved me some $$$. I was all ready to go and buy a Dough Rising bucket. Now I'm heading to the store to buy some containers. And by the way, sharpies do work on plastic.
Thanks again.

Gouri. said...

This is so helpful suma,thanks for posting.