Sunday, 19 May 2013

Folding Proofer Review

Folding Proofer Review

The Folding Proofer review from Medwin House Bakery tried and tested firstly with sourdough bread. My first thoughts on this folding proofer were fairly positive after seeing the product on amazon.com. My American cousins overall were very happy and so far I concur. For me this was one of those key pieces of equipment that was missing in my home baking. I had contemplated on fashioning a home made proofing cupboard but as soon as I saw that this folding proofer was available from amazon.co.uk I snapped it up. The cost of £150.00 seemed to be a bit on the expensive side but I have to say that the end results are encouragingly good. When I first unpacked the folding proofer the first thing I noticed was how light the unit was. Setting it up to proof bread for the first time was so simple a four year old could have done it. You will have to be aware that this folding proofer is adequate for the home baker and its not overly robust. It feels a bit flimsy so you have to be careful when opening and closing or folding away. That said the results on my sourdough bread for instance are fantastic.
Folding Proofer Review


Folding Proofer Review Test


My first test was with a sourdough weighing around 800 grams, it took three hours for the first proof (heat setting 30˚C). Then after knocking back the dough the final proofing took another three hours. With baking time it took six hours and forty minutes total as opposed to twelve hours forty minutes total without the folding proofer.

You have to remember that working in small-medium and large bakeries I am somewhat used to proofing cupboards. Proofing cupboards that take a whole rack of bread to proofing boxes that take up to twenty racks at a time. The high volume demands are all pointing towards profit for the bakery. The heat and humidity settings in a commercial bakery are set very high, so with this in mind I am experimenting with the heat settings. The folding proofer manufacturers recommended settings for sourdough are Between 27˚C and 30˚C. I reckon I can push the temperature up to 35˚C which should cut the proofing time further.

Folding Proofer Review


My second go at using the folding proofer with sourdough (800 grams- divided into 4 x 200 gram finger sandwich rolls) was even better with the first proof at 30˚C taking 2½ hours. Then after knock back and the final proof at a temperature of 35˚C which took one hour forty minutes. Total time with baking of 30 minutes was 4 hours 40 minutes. So I have shaved another two hours off the overall time.



Folding Proofer Review


The designers have put a fair bit of thought into the folding proofer, but for me they fall short on space. If the folding proofer was a couple of centimeters larger all round then it would be perfect. To give you an example I have a standard baking sheet that doesn't quite fit. It will take two 900 gram loaf tins and you can make use of Banetone proofing baskets or Linen Baking Cloths. So with a bit of practice you can make a variety of different weights and shapes of bread and rolls.

If you're a yogurt lover and you want to make your own then this folding proofer is ideal for keeping a constant required temperature. You can also temper chocolate for all kinds of modelling projects.

Overall I give this folding proofer review four out of five stars, I would have given it five stars if not for the capacity issues. As for the price since this is a new product its well worth it for cutting down massively on your proofing time especially for sourdough bread. Its a very useful multitasking piece of equipment which if you're active in baking, yogurt making or chocolate tempering will never be off your work top.



If you have the folding proofer then please drop a comment and let me know what you use it for, thanks for reading. This Folding Proofer Review is ongoing of course and I will be making many other sourdough varieties.
Folding Proofer Review

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