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Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« on: April 19, 2022, 01:47:56 PM »
OK, gents, what am I doing wrong?  Making dough balls after a cold ferment.  I then place them in round plastic containers.  Of course, the containers have a light coat of olive oil rubbed on them.  When the ball has proofed and I try to remove it, it's a battle.  The ball sticks to the container.  I also tried a spray on olive on but had the same results.  Any suggestions?
I was thinking maybe I should ditch the containers and go with a quarter sheet pan, sprinkling some flour on the bottom.  But that means plastic wrap is required.  What's a guy to do?

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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2022, 02:16:01 PM »
Drop a big tablespoon of flower over the top of the ball and do the Hulu shake with the container, while tapping the side, to work the flower down and around the sides. Then invert the bowl and shake the dough ball out into your hand.

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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2022, 02:16:46 PM »
OK, gents, what am I doing wrong?  Making dough balls after a cold ferment.  I then place them in round plastic containers.  Of course, the containers have a light coat of olive oil rubbed on them.  When the ball has proofed and I try to remove it, it's a battle.  The ball sticks to the container.  I also tried a spray on olive on but had the same results.  Any suggestions?
I was thinking maybe I should ditch the containers and go with a quarter sheet pan, sprinkling some flour on the bottom.  But that means plastic wrap is required.  What's a guy to do?


It ain't all gents here. 
When using containers such as these, I let the dough plop out of the containers onto a floured surface for stretching...letting gravity do the work.
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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2022, 02:24:00 PM »
I oil the plastic container, oil the dough ball, put a lid on container, and put in fridge for 3 days.
Take it out of fridge, let it rest at RT for 2+ hours, then remove lid, tip over, and it drops right out.
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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2022, 04:22:51 PM »
I oil the plastic container, oil the dough ball, put a lid on container, and put in fridge for 3 days.
Take it out of fridge, let it rest at RT for 2+ hours, then remove lid, tip over, and it drops right out.
  That's exactly what I do, but my balls aren't dropping.

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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2022, 04:43:13 PM »
Your oiling the sides too I assume.
Actually doesn't just drop right out, but slowly comes out. Hold on an angle so one side can pull away, then is starts to drop.
I have round containers.
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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2022, 05:55:45 PM »
What's the hydration of your dough? I can't recall ever having a doughball that gravity couldn't beat. Also try different plastic bowl or better yet glass. IKEA has good cheap glass bowls with plastic lids.

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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2022, 06:43:14 PM »
What's the hydration of your dough? I can't recall ever having a doughball that gravity couldn't beat. Also try different plastic bowl or better yet glass. IKEA has good cheap glass bowls with plastic lids.

Good point.  Glass would be slipperier.
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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2022, 08:57:35 PM »
What's the hydration of your dough? I can't recall ever having a doughball that gravity couldn't beat. Also try different plastic bowl or better yet glass. IKEA has good cheap glass bowls with plastic lids.
  Usually 65%.  But I can't help notice that my dough always appears to be much wetter than the dough balls I see in various videos and tutorials.

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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2022, 01:50:10 PM »
What is your recipe and fermentation schedule?

Next time, take some photos.
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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2022, 02:05:29 PM »
  Usually 65%.  But I can't help notice that my dough always appears to be much wetter than the dough balls I see in various videos and tutorials.

You may need to knead it more to get rid of stickiness.
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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2022, 06:47:04 AM »

It ain't all gents here. 
When using containers such as these, I let the dough plop out of the containers onto a floured surface for stretching...letting gravity do the work.
Thank you. This needs to be said, or better, kept in mind more often on this forum. I cringe sometimes when I see this. I was going to reply ‘your first mistake may have been overlooking 50% of the population, more or less.’


Carbo: my guess is that your containers are enabling condensation, making your cold fermented dough balls sticky. Try lightly oiling each one, place each in its container, then leave the lids crooked or not sealed for your first 1 1/2 - 2 hours of refrigerator time. Then close you containers up tightly.
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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2022, 10:21:21 AM »
After kneading, I portion my dough, shape them into balls, coat them completely in flour, then dip them in olive oil and rub it around the balls until they are completely oiled.  Only then do I put them into plastic containers for bench proofing and eventual cold fermentation.  I found that if I skipped the flour and only relied on the oil, the dough stuck when trying to remove it from the containers.  For context, I use the 2 qt Cambro hard plastic containers.

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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2022, 04:31:36 PM »
I use Rubbermaid containers with a lid. When I take them out of the fridge to warm up to RT, I flip them over on the lid. Even the most stubborn dough ball will drop on the lid. Then it's super easy to flip the lid and drop the perfectly round dough ball into flour for shaping.

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Re: Dough Balls Sticking to Proofing Containers
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2022, 11:26:00 PM »
Hi sorry for the late reply, just adding similar thoughts already shared.
Ditto what Spoon said/does
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I would be careful about excessive flour, if keeping the container dry then flour works. But if you have a container lightly oiled extra loose flour can get gummy and contribute to the problem.

**Also** after putting dough ball in Rubbermaid container and closing lid, I put up to 4 containers into these Costco Wastebasket bags and try to remove most of air then twist end tight & tie.  Why? Sometimes the lids pop opens and you get a dry shell.
https://is.gd/vGakYE   and put in the fridge until ready to cook.

Like others said gravity works, the process rarely takes more than 1 minute. If still stuck try tapping the upside-down open container on the flour plate or dough board.

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