Is it ok to let bread rise in a plastic bowl? I got rid of my glass and metal bowls because they were too heavy for me to lift.

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It's not just OK, it's preferable.

If you walk into the back in a commercial small bakery, you'll see that pretty much all of their doughs rise in plastic rising buckets. The first advantage of this is that such buckets have snap-on lids that eliminate the need to waste a lot of plastic wrap sealing in the dough. The second advantage for bakeries (but probably not for you) is that they can be stacked.

The third advantage I can only give you from experience (I can't find a reference): the dough rises faster. I believe this is because unlike metal, ceramic, or glass, the bowl does not conduct away the heat of the fermenting yeast. Presumably a dough basket (another option for you in the "easy to lift" department) would work just as well.

  • Such great information, I appreciate your information. I was aware that bakeries use plastic buckets with lids but it just didn't occur to me to apply that to myself! Mar 25, 2019 at 23:06
  • Thanks! If that satisfies you, can you select my answer?
    – FuzzyChef
    Mar 26, 2019 at 4:47
  • I would be happy to select your answer but I don't know how to do that, a little instruction please? Mar 29, 2019 at 22:03
  • Looks like you just figured it out!
    – FuzzyChef
    Mar 31, 2019 at 6:17

It really shouldn't be a problem. A thick-walled bowl is usually preferred to help maintain an even rising temperature. As long as it is food-safe, you keep it in a draft-free area, and it remains at a consistent temperature, you should be fine.


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