Sourdough Bread Baking Flour Guide

My Highly Curated Baking Tools

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This list of my favorite bread making tools results from countless tests to find the best tools to help you make sourdough bread at home. If you're new to baking, start with the tools listed below in Sourdough Starter Creation & Management and The Beginning Baker. Once you become more serious about baking, head down to the Increase Baking Consistency section to build your toolset.

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Your Sourdough Starter

These are the best tools to help create and maintain your sourdough starter.

My starter lives in these wonderful glass jars. See why I love them.

A good scale is essential in baking. See why I love this scale.

The best spatula for mixing your starter: easy to clean and durable.

Whole grain rye flour is key to making an active sourdough starter.

Keep your starter strong and healthy at the perfect temperature. See my guide, here.

The Beginning Baker

A list of a few tools to help you get started baking sourdough bread at home.
Cast iron and built to last. This pot traps steam to encourage optimal dough rise.

A must-have. Used to cut, lift & move your dough. I have both the 6″ and 8″ versions.

These scrapers easily remove sticky dough from containers, the bench, and off your fingers.

Temperature is incredibly important in baking.

Dust your proofing baskets with this to help your dough remove cleanly.

Score your dough just before baking to encourage maximum rise.

A wide bowl makes hand mixing dough much more manageable.
Clear sides let you see fermentation first-hand.

Monitoring dough temperature is critical in baking.

Increase Your Baking Consistency

Use these baking tools to help you increase your baking consistency in your home kitchen.

Keeps my starter, levain, and dough at the perfect temperature. (See my guide.)

Holds proofing (rising) dough to make round loaves.

For making oval loaves. A smaller basket will let your dough fit in the Lodge Combo cooker.

A well-designed cast iron pan for baking batards (oval) and larger loaves.

I keep these in my flour canisters, they make transferring and measuring super easy.

The best, and most cost-effective, bread knife I have yet to use. For more knives, see my bread knife guide.

Cut these to fit your proofing baskets for easy dough removal.

Reusable bowl covers to prevent a skin from forming on dough.

Keep your bread fresh for up to a week in this well-made box.

The perfect rectangular tub (14″x15″x5″) for 4kg+ batches of dough. It even fits in the B&T Proofer.

Very efficient at transfering heat. Great for bread, even better for pizza.

Some recipes here call for “high extraction flour,” this helps sift out some bran/germ to get there.


The list below are my most-used flours here at home, but look local first! There are many great farmers and millers scattered all over with incredible flour options.

A flavorful and strong flour perfect for bread-making

A custom flour blend I created for any sourdough recipe (here's mine)!

CM has some incredible flour; this is a workhorse flour for any bread

Pans & Storage

These tools will help you bake pan loaves and are a collection of excellent storage options for flour and grain.

I use these for rye bread, banana bread, and other sandwich loaves.

Great for storing large quantities of grain or flour.

I use these to store all my flour (they hold 5 pounds). They are airtight, light, and solid—just the best.

Grain Mills

Below is a list of my favorite grain mills used to mill fresh flour in my home kitchen regularly. They are all built extremely well and are capable of producing excellent flour.
A beautiful mill capable of producing very fine flour at a fantastic price (get 5% off with my link).

A workhorse mill that produces very fine flour. Built by hand in Austria.

A hand-operated, well-built mill that’s capable of producing extremely fine flour at low temperatures.

Other Equipment

Other useful tools when baking sourdough bread at home.

An incredibly well-made, compact, and versatile deck oven. The current oven in my kitchen.

I use this heavy duty mixer for enriched doughs, some breads, and pizza.
A dedicated bread dough mixer capable of mixing up to 8kg. See my mixing guide.

This sealed oven lets me bake 4 or more loaves at a time from home. See my Rofco guide.

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Check out my deep dive into the best baking tools with a look at why I've picked each one (and how they've helped with my baking).