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Bread Proofing Baskets

by MEH4d Jul 20, 2014
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As a professional baker who's also a science/tech nut you have no idea how excited I am to try this out. I'm printing out the hemisphere one right now and plan on printing the others. I just finished my wood-fired pizza/bread oven so this is gonna be double cool for me. I'm also taking it to work so our bread guy can see what's capable with this 3D printing thing I keep raving about. Please design more baking stuff!

It is possible to make bread with this plastic material? :) Or put it in the microwave? :)

Ha... You can try :)

Regarding bacteria surviving and multiplying, it is not so much a matter of porosity as it is about maintaining a moist environment.
Details escape me but I recall the FDA did a study when the "new" plastic butcher blocks became widespread, particularly in butcher shops and meat packing houses. They tested both wood and plastic and found the wood blocks harbored far less bacteria.
The reason is wood is porous and dries out, all the way through, if given enough time.
Moisture in the knife cuts in plastic boards do not dry out because, ironically, plastic is NOT as porous as is wood..
I like these baskets.... if only I could print big ones. I don't mind plastic for dry goods and most foods which will be cooked later anyway... Meat or fish seems like a bad idea..

I agree. Very good points. I wonder if this is the same for other kitchen utensils for example plastic spoons versus the wooden spoons.

My guess is if a plastic spoon is properly injection molded so that (unlike a printed spoon) it has no surface or internal cavities, channels or defects, and the surface is not damaged during use so it can be thoroughly washed and cleaned.... then it would be safe and acceptable for any foods.
I have one big old wooden spoon. It can get saturated and waterlogged in a soup, but wash and hang it up and it's bone dry after a while.. It might not be as "clean" as plastic can be, but nothing will grow on it.

That makes sense.