Biga left out overnight—approx 16 hours
Posted: 23 June 2009 01:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I made a biga for Rose’s Ciabatta bread and instead of putting it in the fridge after 6 hours, left it out overnight.
Can I use it, put it in the fridge, or do I throw it out and start over again?

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Posted: 23 June 2009 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It is probably fine to use unless it is exceptionally hot where you left it overnight.  If it has an off smell, start over, but it should probably just have a strong yeasty smell from sitting out extra long.

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Posted: 23 June 2009 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I should add, I often leave mine out overnight in the winter—haven’t done that in the summer though.

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Posted: 23 June 2009 02:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Although I live in Sourthern Nevada (HOT) the house is air-conditioned and the temp should be around 78.  Guess I will try it.  Will let you know how it goes.
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Posted: 23 June 2009 05:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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No bread advice from me, but I had to chime in with - 78 with the AC on???  I’m melting just thinking about it.

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Posted: 23 June 2009 05:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Baba, Be sure to keep some back and use it as your ‘mother’ starter.  If it’s a bit flat you could just give it a couple of feeds to rejuvenate it and then make your bread.  As Matthew says, go by the smell.

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Posted: 23 June 2009 05:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Patrincia=the temp outside today is 98 degrees F, but the humidity is very low..so an inside temp of 78 is quite nice.
AnnieMacD=thanks for the suggestion; I made the biga from flour, water & a pinch of yeast, but I have a mother starter sitting in the fridge.

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Posted: 23 June 2009 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Baba - you’d probably freeze to death at my place… we keep the air temp at 70 all year long, high humidity or not.  cool smile

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Posted: 24 June 2009 04:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Patrincia,
Loved your blog, will keep on checking it out.  Thanks!

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Posted: 25 June 2009 08:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Patrincia - 23 June 2009 08:56 PM

Baba - you’d probably freeze to death at my place… we keep the air temp at 70 all year long, high humidity or not.  cool smile

I’m with you Patrincia.  In the winter, I don’t turn the heat on unless it drops below 60.  Rick and the kitties huddle for warmth and pray for summer. wink

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Posted: 25 June 2009 09:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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baba - 24 June 2009 07:40 PM

Patrincia,
Loved your blog, will keep on checking it out.  Thanks!

Baba

Thank you so much Baba - I’m thrilled you like it!

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Posted: 29 June 2009 03:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Well, I thought I was going to upload a picture of my ciabatta, but something in the translation from camera to computer went awry so there is no picture and the bread is all gone!
I put the biga in the fridge after leaving it out for 16 hours and left it there three days before I had time to make the ciabatta.  Made the ciabatta following Rose’s recipe in the Bread Bible
and it came out superb.  The only thing I would have done different is to not do the 5 minutes in the oven with the door open at the end of baking.  The crust got a bit too crisp for my taste.
Otherwise it worked out great. 

Thanks for all your help!

Tanya

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