In this modern age of plastic and steel, our kitchens can take on a scary resemblance to a hospital: sterile, cold, and too high-tech for comfort. It’s no wonder many of us secretly pine for a simpler time, when kitchens were warmed by the glow of a hearth fire reflecting off the age-old beauty of cast iron, burnished copper, and patinaed wood.
Nothing recalls that gentle era better than wooden kitchenware: hand-carved spoons, potato mashers, and a vital tool called the dough bowl. In colonial America, dough bowls provided a snug, warm place in which bread could rise prior to baking. A good bowl was handed down through a family, passing along the memory of Mother and the wealth of experiences that make a kitchen the heart of a home. Each descendant added her own mark to this history written in wood until she, in turn, bequeathed her dough bowl to her children.
But those who pioneered America weren’t just sentimental: they valued a good dough bowl because they were practical, too. Wooden bowls have always been the preferred choice for bread-making because the heat generated by the yeast is retained in the wood, giving the dough an even rise—and because the bowl’s high sides protect the dough from drafts.
We’re proud to carry on this Yankee tradition by bringing to you this lovely wooden dough bowl. Our pieces are made locally from tight-grained cherry wood that's tough enough to withstand a New England winter. We carefully hand-rub each bowl with beeswax and mineral oil to bring out its unique personality, creating a work of art that's heirloom quality. With a little care, your dough bowl will endure for generations--connecting members of your own family to happy times and simpler days.
When your bowl arrives, welcome it with a quick, sanitizing vinegar bath.
Follow the vinegar bath with regular seasoning.
Cleaning your bowl: