Tools for the bread oven

1,546,073 times    99comments    note : 3.9 / 3
Grade this recipe

Once the bread oven is finished, you will need certain special tools for using it. Some can be made yourself, and cheaply.

Bannetons (bread rising baskets)

Once dough is kneaded and worked, it needs to be left to rise in a warm place before baking.

Turning the risen uncooked dough onto the peel for transfering to the oven can be a tricky moment, especially if the dough has stuck to the container. To avoid this, bread is traditionally left for its final rising in special baskets lined with a linen cloth, floured generously beforehand. These help the bread to rise evenly because the warm air can circulate through the sides, and the linen lining does not absorb the moisture from the dough. The French term for such a basket is "banneton".

If you intend to buy:

These are often made of willow, lined with a linen or cotton cloth.

They are available in different shapes, according to the kind of loaf you wish to make, from professional bakery suppliers. They are sometimes seen for sale in supermarkets, sold as table bread baskets (about 5-6 each in 2005).

Bannetons (bread rising baskets)Bannetons (bread rising baskets)


This is a sharp blade, used to slash the top of loaves (the "grignes" in French) to allow them to swell properly during baking.

This one is a razor blade screwed onto an aluminium handle.

You can also use a baker's blade with a plastic handle, but it's rather expensive.


Bread crate

This is a large wooden crate for airing loaves after they come out of the oven, and where they cool more easily than on a table (air can pass all round the loaves).

Mine is 90 x 45 cm (35 x 16") with a handle to hang it for storage.

If you intend to buy:

See also the best addresses page.
Bread crateBread crate

Bread dough at the right temperature

For bread dough to rise well, it should be left in a warm place, protected from draughts. Bakers use a special room, for this called a "chambre de pousse" (growing room). Difficult to do this at home...

Instead I use my kitchen oven (off) where I put a small light bulb of 15-20 watts. This light bulb gives enough heat to reach 81F (27C) inside the oven.

You need:

  • 1 lamp holder, E14 type
  • 1 light bulb, 15 watts
  • 1 length of flexible lighting cable (flex)
  • 1 plug
  • 1 magnet (optional)

Connect together lamp holder, flex, plug. Screw in light bulb.

You can improve the sytem, by sticking (with epoxy glue) a magnet on the lamp holder, so it can be fixed anywhere inside the oven.

If you intend to buy:

You can also use a more powerful light bulb (e.g. 25 watts) which will give you a higher temperature.
Bread dough at the right temperatureBread dough at the right temperature


For brushing the bottom of loaves, straight from the oven, to remove excess flour and any remaining bits of charcoal.

Dough cutter

In plastic or metal, this tool is ideal for cutting a large lump of dough into smaller pieces.

Alternatively, when cooking it's very useful for picking up small items (e.g. diced vegetables) from the work surface.

If you intend to buy:

See also the best addresses page.
Dough cutterDough cutter

Dough scraper ("corne" in French)

This simple piece of plastic is very useful, with its rounded shape, for collecting all the dough efficiently from the mixing bowl.

If you intend to buy:

See also the best addresses page.
Dough scraper (Dough scraper (

Dredger or shaker

For whenever you need to flour your work surface or sprinkle flour onto dough, pastry, etc.

It also allows you to add a little flour to a recipe, without having to use a sieve.

If you intend to buy:

See also the best addresses page.
Dredger or shakerDredger or shaker

Mixing bowl (of food processor)

Very useful for hard work that's difficult to do with your hands: kneading evenly.

If you intend to buy:

See also the best addresses page.
Mixing bowl (of food processor)Mixing bowl (of food processor)


Once ashes have been removed with the brush, you should finish cleaning the sole by passing the mop over it.

This can be done with a classic cotton fringe or rag mop, soaked in cold water.


Oven brush

Once the embers have been removed from the oven, the ashes missed by the rake need to be swept out, and for that you will need an oven brush.

If you intend to buy:

Use a coco fibre brush (no synthetic bristles which might melt) and screw it onto a long handle Soak the brush in water before use (to prevent it burning).
Oven brushOven brush


This shovel-like tool, symbol of traditional bakers, is used to put dough in the oven and to remove loaves once cooked.

Ideally you should have 3 peels:

  • One round wooden, for round loaves.
  • One rectangular wooden, for long loaves.
  • One stainless steel, for pizzas.

If you intend to buy:

See also the best addresses page.

Plastic sheet

Bread dough needs to be covered during resting and rising, and a damp tea-towel works well. (It needs to be damp so that it does not take moisture from the dough).

Another good solution is to use a plastic sheet (cut from a large plastic bag for example) which protects the dough well and, very importantly, maintains the moist atmosphere around it.
Plastic sheetPlastic sheet


This is a kind of metal scraper, used to move or remove embers and ash from the oven, especially just before closed fire cooking.

It's also useful for tending the fire, rearranging the woo, the embers....

Apparently in days gone by such rakes were often made of wood so as not to damage the fragile sole of the oven. For today's more robust ovens, metal rakes are more practical, given the high temperatures to which they are exposed.

If you intend to buy:

If you want to make one like this, you can start with a garden tool (a sort of wide hoe), then fix it onto a long metal handle.

Short-handled brush

This is a soft brush, used to brush dough gently during working to remove all excess flour. It's essential for working soft very hydrated dough like for French baguettes.

If you intend to buy:

See also the best addresses page.
Short-handled brushShort-handled brush

Steam machine

It's essential to have a lot of steam in the oven during baking to get lovely golden crusty loaves.

Bakers have a special steam control on their ovens which injects water at the start of baking. With a wood-fired bread oven a simpler system is needed.

I've try several systems and ideas, here is the best solution: The steam machine.

Steam machine

Wooden leaven spoon

For use when refreshing, mixing or taking out leaven. It must be kept exclusively for use with leaven, and never washed with soap or any chemical product (only hot water).
Wooden leaven spoon

Your 99 comments or questions on this page:

thanks. very helpful, especially with pictures.
By Anonymous october 22th 2011 at 13:39 (n 1)
thankyou(: this reaally helped with my assignment...
By ash. march 22th 2012 at 05:43 (n 2)
thank you so much
By blessingghana march 23th 2012 at 18:37 (n 3)
this is all what i need thank you very much
By babra april 21th 2012 at 14:17 (n 4)
thank you so much
By grace june 4th 2012 at 22:18 (n 5)
By Anonymous june 6th 2012 at 11:38 (n 6)
Thankx for answer because of this i already made my assignment
By Edralyn june 14th 2012 at 18:18 (n 7)
thank you so so much... yes i made my assignment now!!!!
By Apple Gem june 15th 2012 at 14:12 (n 8)
Ty very much !! this could be help in our project ty very much again !! :">
By kimuel mark june 16th 2012 at 14:17 (n 9)
Tnx much me tew revise for my exam
By Anonymous june 21th 2012 at 01:12 (n 10)
tnx this realy help my quiz
By johnny june 27th 2012 at 02:35 (n 11)
Thanks, really helped :DD
By Krycht july 2nd 2012 at 02:55 (n 12)
why do we use the different size and types of knives?
By mharlyn july 2nd 2012 at 13:30 (n 13)
Because we cut different things of different sizes.
By jh july 2nd 2012 at 13:39 (n 14) helps a lot especially on our assignments. :)
By cath july 3rd 2012 at 12:44 (n 15)
Thanks, this was very well put with great information and option selecting this will better my talent and knowledge of becoming a chef and achieve my goals. Thanks Again!
By Unknown july 7th 2012 at 20:15 (n 16)
hi thx this really kinda helped btw thx again
By gabby august 19th 2012 at 10:31 (n 17)
Very helpful indeed!
Thank you so much
By The future kitchenhand september 3rd 2012 at 10:39 (n 18)
thanks for many it is very helpful
By hannygrace september 8th 2012 at 14:57 (n 19)
Thank you very much it is very useful and helpful to me now.
By Anonymous september 12th 2012 at 15:41 (n 20)
very helpful indeed but needed more videos
By Anonymous september 19th 2012 at 23:18 (n 21)
to tell you the truth this was good after soerisly help me in my assingment.thanks alot
By benie october 13th 2012 at 16:40 (n 22)
oh it can really help in doing my assignment in food tech.
By mae october 18th 2012 at 14:47 (n 23)
i like it it answer my question thank uuuuuuuuuuuuuu
By alleah october 28th 2012 at 06:45 (n 24)
Thank you, it helps alot for my homework =))
By jelly november 6th 2012 at 13:33 (n 25)
This is No help to me it is just the basic untensils
By Grrrrrr november 6th 2012 at 18:21 (n 26)
thanks for this page...this is very helpful for me even if im a high school student...this is the big answers to my i know how to use the different tools and equipments...thank you very much
By lethe salen november 9th 2012 at 06:48 (n 27)
thank you so much for this information this is very important to as, as a HRM students thank you so much and god bless!!!
By kramoel aruga siclap november 18th 2012 at 07:49 (n 28)
thank you helped with my HW
By nigga november 20th 2012 at 08:46 (n 29)
i love this site alot gave me all what i wanted
By Wisdom november 24th 2012 at 12:13 (n 30)
Very useful..Thank u soo much!!!
By Achintha november 26th 2012 at 04:56 (n 31)
i love this site. this what i expected to get the name of the kitchen utensils. Thank u
By Ugan november 28th 2012 at 11:10 (n 32)
thanx,,,solve my assignment...
By heart december 5th 2012 at 08:53 (n 33)
It really helped me i\'m grateful i never had any kitchen experience but now with the pictures i know what they look like..thanks once again
By Deejay december 27th 2012 at 10:48 (n 34)
I\'m pleased with the results
By Chef robinson january 9th 2013 at 10:19 (n 35)
why do we need to know the different cooking utensils?
By Anonymous january 19th 2013 at 13:36 (n 36)
To cook easily, with the right one at the right moment.
By jh january 19th 2013 at 15:05 (n 37)
Thank for assisting me in doing assignment.
By munesh february 8th 2013 at 08:57 (n 38)
thank you so much i was doing my kitchen task n found this helpful
By zaibster47 march 16th 2013 at 04:35 (n 39)
Thank you.It is so useful.Arshia.
By Anonymous march 19th 2013 at 13:02 (n 40)
Thanks this help out a lot for homework!!!(:
By that babe shay april 15th 2013 at 20:20 (n 41)
good, but how do u care for them. incomplete but comprehensive answer. :)
By kimberly may 4th 2013 at 22:34 (n 42)
its amazing.!! it will help me because im taking hrm this year.. thanks a lot!! ^^
By mr.y0w may 15th 2013 at 10:18 (n 43)
im very will help me cauz im taking my grade seven""""
By andrea june 6th 2013 at 12:03 (n 44)
Thank you for this It can mr to my homework in Culinary Arts
By Meira May june 12th 2013 at 06:48 (n 45)
By Lady june 15th 2013 at 08:51 (n 46)
Thanksss it help me so much,,! especially my project..
By Kimver Lee june 23th 2013 at 14:39 (n 47)
thanks/// it really worked for me
By Shivi june 24th 2013 at 04:22 (n 48)
thank you !!!!
its very useful in a student like me:)
By inami june 25th 2013 at 11:23 (n 49)
Vary helpful thnx
By LeCook june 25th 2013 at 23:23 (n 50)
it's realy help me to finish my ass.thanks a lot..........
By ellen mae august 7th 2013 at 10:41 (n 51)
very helpful..^^
my prob is solve..
By kio august 21th 2013 at 10:51 (n 52)
Are all of the baking utensils listed above?? If so, thank you so much. I have been searching for hours to find these. Thanks a lot!
By Katherine august 29th 2013 at 00:27 (n 53)
Well, almost I think. At least the most used.
By jh august 29th 2013 at 09:40 (n 54)
thank q it helped me in my project
By Dimple august 30th 2013 at 19:12 (n 55)
By thanks! september 10th 2013 at 05:26 (n 56)
wow interesting cooking equiment
By sumaya september 11th 2013 at 19:44 (n 57)
oh my god!!!!!! this is what i think about!!! thank you so much houngsameda!!! philippines
By goo jane young september 25th 2013 at 14:20 (n 58)
thanks but when you learn about more utensils, add them to this because my assignment requires 50 utensils and their uses but im only on number 12.Thanks anyway
By Anonymous october 9th 2013 at 16:04 (n 59)
all of this is rally helpful
By Anonymous october 9th 2013 at 16:50 (n 60)
thanks got a good grade now
By hgnu ou october 9th 2013 at 20:30 (n 61)
tnx a lot,its such a big help,more power and god bless....
By anne october 25th 2013 at 13:21 (n 62)
thank u very much (:

By yatzkie93 november 25th 2013 at 14:33 (n 63)
what is the types of equipment? i need a answer please thank you
By tine december 1st 2013 at 01:28 (n 64)
What do you mean by types, and for which utensils?
By jh december 1st 2013 at 13:58 (n 65)
Am really greatful.... Assignment solved
By Hamzat.... Determination december 25th 2013 at 12:37 (n 66)
Mrci beaucoup
By Azeezat december 25th 2013 at 14:22 (n 67)
i really luv dis site it helps me alot in my assignment i was even doubting on how to get the answer but with the help of ur site i did everything perfectly thanks.
By nureni khadijat damilola january 4th 2014 at 18:25 (n 68)
love this, wonderful for assignment
By Orz march 17th 2014 at 19:16 (n 69)
thank you for you and i wish that this will stay and make every one smile!!!!!
By lee june 4th 2014 at 15:40 (n 70)
this is so wrong.that is not i need..
By althea luna july 3rd 2014 at 12:24 (n 71)
Thank you very much!!!!!
By Anonymous july 5th 2014 at 11:11 (n 72)
Thanks so much guys you safe my life at homework
By philip august 18th 2014 at 12:30 (n 73)
this website is pointleess
By hi september 8th 2014 at 18:54 (n 74)
This helped very much thank you
By Anonymous september 12th 2014 at 02:21 (n 75)
This infermations are 100% helping for my project work... So thanks
By Akash september 18th 2014 at 19:48 (n 76)
thank you !!
By cutie november 3rd 2014 at 13:40 (n 77)
thank you very much!!!! I think this homework will give me a high score to my adviser
By maureen november 22th 2014 at 12:20 (n 78)
Thank you very very much now I must pass my foods and nutrition exam
By Aneisa december 15th 2014 at 01:23 (n 79)
Thanks for the information now i can get an A on my assignment!!!
By Anonymous february 10th 2015 at 18:00 (n 80)
By bob february 28th 2015 at 20:20 (n 81)
This site is very good because it is very helpful for me and give good information.
By Anonymous april 17th 2015 at 13:37 (n 82)
very helpful altough some weren't there that i need but thanks though.. my teacher will help when we are going through it.. imma grade 7 student
By cheyanne april 25th 2015 at 19:48 (n 83)
Several places say "silicon" (a chemical element) where "silicone" (a plastic that withstands high temperature) is meant.
By Josh may 17th 2015 at 19:32 (n 84)
thanks for the some idea and information,now i can make a business plan....))
By Anonymous august 29th 2015 at 08:48 (n 85)
My name is Zahabiyah l get My answers
By Zaha iyah september 5th 2015 at 18:11 (n 86)
thanx for heping me for my project
By Anonymous november 15th 2015 at 08:34 (n 87)
i like this site because they give u a more utensils for cooking
By jaylloe november 16th 2015 at 12:39 (n 88)
Thank you very much it helps my assignment very good in commercial cooking
By Rovin navarrette january 28th 2016 at 12:52 (n 89)
why we need to use utensils for cooking?
By angelica capillo march 16th 2016 at 02:21 (n 90)
Because it's much easier.
By jh march 16th 2016 at 08:21 (n 91)
thank u so much this really hepls my assignment..! :)

By Althea Belle S. Cullen june 14th 2016 at 11:28 (n 92)
thanks :)
By Emily june 25th 2016 at 03:35 (n 93)
:3 thanks it help me to my assingment i will share this web to my freinds and classmates to your web will be famous :3

#(RTBF) RoadToBeFamous
By Type Mo Katawan ko no? july 26th 2016 at 16:10 (n 94)
thank you it helps me for hom ed
By Anonymous september 2nd 2016 at 19:47 (n 95)
Thanks!It really with my assignment!
:) !
By rickyjr. november 15th 2016 at 16:00 (n 96)
thankkkkssss!!!!!!!! IT HELPED ME IN MY HOMEWORK
By MARKY MALL november 30th 2016 at 22:08 (n 97)
Can you demonstrate the proper use of kitchen utensils?
By julie Ann january 15th 2017 at 10:23 (n 98)
I'm afraid not.
By jh january 15th 2017 at 10:43 (n 99)
Post a comment or question:

You are welcome, if you wish, to comment on this page: why you like it or not, what you have changed, what results it gave, point out a mistake or omission, etc. You can also ask a question. I answer all questions (in a broken English, sorry) unless someone else does it before me.
Please feel free to say what you think, I'm always very interested in your opinion. Your comment will appear on line with the page, so please write in standard readable English, not SIM or only in CAPITALS, otherwise your comment may be rejected.

Please look at advice for submitting a comment or image (what you should or should not do). By the way, don't type your e-mail address in the comment, otherwise you might be spammed.

Posted by: January 24th 2017 at 06:01

Please check/tick this box to show that you are a real human being (protection against Spam)*.

I am not a leaving thing