Posts Tagged ‘Bread’

since I decided to start taking pictures, I thought I would photograph some of the things I make a bunch but never take pictures of.

I’ve started making bread pretty regularly. I only buy bread now occasionally out of convenience or from the bakery, pastries and such that I don’t want to bake or hotdog/hamburger buns which never taste right when I bake them. (always to heavy)

The recipe that I am using today:

(Sorry the picture isnt perfect) Its on page 75 in “The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook”

I did adjust the recipe slightly and I will talk about the small changes I made and why…

Hopefully you can read the recipe above or have the book, the recipe I used was:

1 1/8 cup water

2 eggs

5tbs butter

4 cups flour

1 tbs wheat gluten

1tbs dough enhancer

1tbs sugar

2 1/4 tsp yeast

2 tsp salt

This is for the 2 pound loaf.

This is my bread maker.

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Because of the work that D does, there are a lot of his customers who store food, know about storing food, wish they were storing food, or atleast understand storing food.

D’s work is from home. His workshop is partially in the garage and partially in the basement. So if he wants to show someone something or they are hanging out while D works on their stuff they go down to the basement which is where my food strage space is. Its not hiding away. Where we live and what my D does means that we dont worry what people see, since most people already know what they should be doing. Also the ones who would be welcome here if the SHTF already know that they would be welcome, just bring your gear along with them.

Anyhow my point was that 2 of his associate/ customers have given me some really amazing tips in the last few days. The alarm system guy who did the alarm/camera system in our house had a chat with me about seeding in Arizona. I was talking about how I wanted to purchase a collection of seeds from http://www.arkinstitut.com and he said that he had actually, not only done that but planted a lot of them but, because we are in arizona it is not the best place to grow all of the vegtables but there are a bunch of amazing veggies that grow really well here that they don’t offer here. So J mentioned another website that I should look at……http://www.rareseeds.com.  I haven’t checked it out yet but I have a lot of faith in it. Also its made me think a lot about looking for a book about gardening specifically in Arizona. I think that might be a good idea for any state you live in, when I buy it, I will let you know what book I find, and if I find any useful information. He also mentioned a local Arizona norsery called Baker Creek nursery for seedlings and seeds. I gotta check them out too.

Also I was talking to another friend/customer of my man’s today and he mentioned Honeyville Farms, He said it was near the 10 east of the 10 actually, he said that it was on Chandler… (note to self more than anything***) He said it was a place like a mormon store house for food storage but more stuff and although a bit more expensive it really was reasonably priced and ALOT in number 10 cans.

So that had nothing to do with my actual post but I honestly think that these insights from locals AND people who have some experience means a lot.

Because of a recent death in our family, I havent been able to even try out my bread maker let alone experiment with it. :/….. But today I prepared a bunch of potatos for dehydrating and then I started in on the bread. my first loaf of a basic white french loaf. I thought it was lacking a little in the salt department even though I actually followed the recipe to a T…. But with a little butter on the warm bread it was amazing, my kids all had some, D’s dad had some, so did our roommate and they all liked it a lot.

I am now baking another loaf “basic white” I would have started with that but I didnt have any “Open” dry milk, I didnt really want to break out a 5 gallon bucket for bread…. not for this. So D’s father picked some up for me at the store and that is actually running right now. Tomorrow morning I am going to make some cinnomon raison swirl bread and we will go from there. I really wanted to try some basics before I stepped into experimentation. I purchased a book on bread machine recipes and I will expound upon different recipes once I have tried the basics and try newer different things from there.

I am rambling. But I really am excited about this step and am glad i have finally had the opportunity to make a few loafs of bread in my new bread maker! YAY!

About two weeks before Valentines D asked me, what I wanted for Valentines.

I am difficult (romantically) to shop for. I don’t like flowers, jewelry (unless I make it myself), candy, and stuffed animals albeit cute on occasion are given thanks for and handed off to my children.

Men cant just go out any buy things like, a vacuum cleaner, a standing mixer (which I want) or a treadmill (also a want) without chancing making a huge ass out of themselves. It really can make a bad statement. You don’t clean/cook enough or the far worse… honey I think your fat…. I rarely think that men actually mean to do it and I don’t think that women really mean to take the meaning of these things in that way…. But we all know it happens. I don’t have to be a feminist (which thank the heavens I am not) to truly grasp this concept.

***Side story…

D once told me, that although I wasnt as young or as hard bodied as the girls he had previously dated, he loved me anyway.

He didnt see the harm. But he called me fat and old in one swift kick and since he was drunk he couldnt understand why I was upset.

In his head he stated…. You may not be perfect, but your perfect to ME.”

He spent the rest of the night apologizing for the foot in mouth syndrome.

To be clear, every person (including his friends) that have heard this story, visibly wince when I or he repeats what he said to me.

His friends are merciless. they pick on me constantly, like I am one of the boys. It almost never bothers me.

I digress.

end side story***

So to avoid any awkwardness he just asks when he is unsure. My goals and interests have recently shifted anyway and buying me a $100 bottle of perfume just makes me sad I didnt get something else I could really use…. Like an electric wheat grinder.

I asked him for either an excalibur dehydrator ($200-250) Or a bread machine (about $100)

I came home Sunday February 13th from work and he had purchased me an Oyster dehydrator from walmart (Its the only one they had, he said) “D, thanks for remembering, sort of, what I asked for, do you remember me stating 5 or 6 times that if you got me a dehydrator that the only one I wanted was an Excalibur dehydrator? Because I already have an $80 dehydrator, and now I want a cadillac of dehydrators.” His response was “Oh, yeah I remember you saying that brand name, isnt that the one you showed me on Amazon?

So I odered the bread maker I wanted with his credit card and also got a bread machine book, bread slicer, and bread saver box by Progressive (Which I am finding has a lot of neat kitchen stuff) it all amounted to about 130 bucks.

I’m really excited. The whole point of this post is to say…. I got the bread machine in the mail today! YAY! I had gotten all the other stuff but the actual untit showed today AND it showed 2 hours before my planned trip to Costco, which means I could semi-plan more specifically for some ingredients. I think I am actually going to buy a 25 lb bag of flour… and use it….

This is my 3rd step of experimentation.

 I began with dehydrating, borrowed a dehydrator, did some research, bought a few books, started putting it all “up” and  I have found that I really enjoy it and its not as hard as one would think. So I took the next step and bought a dehydrator of my own.

Then I  started water bath canning and gotten all of the books research and “stuff” I need to do it. I have done 6 rounds I’m improving, but it is surely an exact science I want to get better at before jumping on to pressure canning.

So now on to baking my own bread. I am quite a baker anyhow, I know how to bake bread home made from scratch. Challah is to DIE for. See… Jew remember, I grew up with mom making it.

Experimenting and learning to use the food you store (ie. flour, yeast, dry milk, and the like) on a regular basis is important I know it is better to know how to make it, but the convenience of a bread maker will allow me to get it started and then go to work and not have to kneed and hang out while its baking… But still allowing me to use what I am storing. Besides, Freshly baked bread smells amazing and the bread maker won’t kill us in the height of summer the same way the actual stove will. I live in Arizona.