Thursday, September 22, 2011

We Need to Eat

Hello readers! I know many of you are trying to  move toward a whole food, real food diet. We are taking the babiest of bay steps to do that too. I need some advice.

We eat a lot of sandwiches around here. And there are a lot of us to eat them. So we go through a loaf of bread in two days. And bread is getting more expensive, especially since I am a little picky about our bread. So, I'm thinking about making our own. But I am a little intimidated by it, especially with trying to keep up with our consumption. So, if you make your own bread on a regular basis, please tell me how you do it. Do you use a bread machine? How much do you make at one time? Do you use standard ingredients or special flours? What I really need is breadmaking for dummies with large families!

Also, I have a recipe for biscuits, but I don't love it. I would love to learn how to  make fluffy, soft biscuits. In bulk, so that I can freeze them. So does anyone have a great, somewhat easy, recipe for that?

Please share any tips you have to make feeding my family a little easier, and maybe a little more affordable. Thanks!

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9 comments:

  1. I used to make bread on a fairly regular basis, but could never find a recipe for a basic sandwich bread that I really liked. I never wanted a bread machine, but think a stand mixer with a bread hook is a must. Good luck and please share what you learn

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  2. Jo Lynn at Musings of a Housewife makes her own bread and she has a recipe on her blog somewhere. Sorry I can't find it because I'm in training. If you are wanting to do this you should check out her blog, especially her archives, because she has a ton of information about it.

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  3. I thought of Jo-Lynne too - I know you read her blog. Although her recipe is probably gluten free, which I'm not sure you want...

    I know making bread without a bread machine is kinda hard, the kneading and all but yes, if you have a stand mixer you can do the kneading with that. I have yet to try this myself. Please share any recipes, etc. that you try.

    Also, have you searched Pinterest for recipes?

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  4. I have the same questions. I was at the store last night looking for bread that doesn't have HFCS and it was impossible. The breads without it were over $4 a loaf! Ridiculous.

    So I bought a bunch of yeast and I'm ready to roll up my sleeves.

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  5. Wanted to add that tomorrow we are making a zillion waffles to freeze for easy breakfasts. I'm not buying frozen waffles any more, either. Again, HFCS and random chemicals and food dyes. Yuck. I never thought I'd be "that mom" but the more I learn, the more I must.

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  6. I use the bread from Pleasant View School house very successfully - for better slicing bread wait one day.
    Biscuits that are made with Bakewell Cream (sold through King Arthur Flour) are amazing - following the recipe on the can. If I'm out of Bakewell cream I use the recipe from Tasha Tudor's cookbook. I'd be happy to share it with you, but try the Bakewell Cream first if you can.
    Link to PVS: http://pleasantviewschoolhouse.blogspot.com/2005/09/schoolhouse-whole-wheat-bread.html

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  7. Love meeting others that are open to life, As many as we are given.

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  8. We go through a loaf a day, due mainly to school lunches and Rob's evening snack of bread with jam (so very Scottish, ha!). Before I got pregnant with Baby, I was making our own bread. I used a bread machine my parents gave me for my birthday, and the loaves turned out funnily shaped, but I knew exactly what was in them. And they taste so good! I never quite got organized enough to make enough bread to freeze, but I bet that can be done as well. I am about to get started on making our own bread again, so I'm also on the lookout for a good bread cookbook. I just used the recipes that came with the machine - which are easy and use simple ingredients. The sandwich bread I make uses bread machine flour (easy to find), yeast, powdered milk, water, butter. Done. If you are going to be making all your family's bread from now on, I'd spring for the bread maker.

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  9. My grandma, who had four very hungry boys, did a cost analysis about bread way back when and found that making it was more expensive, but that was compared to the cheapest available option. But, homemade is always better. And your house smells so good!

    I haven't been baking as often as I'd like, but if you're making sandwiches, go for the better for bread flour (or add gluten to regular flour). The extra gluten helps it hold together for thiner slices and easier spreading. My recipe is pretty simple - just yeast, honey (it acts as a natural preservative) a touch of salt and white and wheat flour. I only once made more then four loaves at a time. Four is the edge of my ability, but I have no machine to knead it or bake it. I wrote the recipe here
    http://watercoloringthetable.blogspot.com/2010/06/baking-daddy-bread.html
    I freeze anything we don't plan to eat within two days to keep it fresh.

    You can also use less yeast and refridgerate the dough to bake. I think there is book about that somewhere, but I've never tried it.

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