I’ve always been a proponent of home cooking, learning from my mother and grandmothers at an early age. I was fortunate to learn family recipes and techniques for making everything from biscuits and gravy, to gardening and preserving food for the entire year.Have a look at coffee for more info on this.
When I left home and started my own family, I continued cooking and preserving, teaching my own child the same as my mother and grandmothers taught me. Since I married a man with the same type of background, we continued our cooking ways together. My husband brought a mixture of Native American and Cajun cooking to our household.
Many home cooks are afraid to try making their own bread and are concerned with the time and work involved. While it does take time and involves extra work, it’s easier than you think and the results are worth the effort.
Homemade bread tastes better, is inexpensive to make and is much healthier for your family, without all the preservatives and dough conditioners you find in store-bought bread. Check the ingredients on a bag of bread and you will see a long list of not so healthy items; sugars or high fructose corn syrup, chemical preservatives and artificial flavors.
By making my own bread, I control what goes into it. I can also make specialty breads you won’t find in most stores like zucchini, pumpkin and my mom’s caraway cheese rolls.
Many people like to use a bread machine; it’s easy, just dump the ingredients in the baking pan and turn the machine on. I have a bread machine that I use on occasion but I still prefer making my bread from scratch instead of using a bread maker.
When you don’t have time to make bread by hand, then the bread machine is a handy piece of equipment to have in your kitchen. Just put the ingredients in the bread pan, set the timer and turn the machine on; by dinner you have a hot loaf of fresh bread.
If you plan on going the bread machine route, make sure you use a recipe made specifically for bread machines. These recipes are smaller with many, based on the capacity of the bread machine’s baking pan. You can also buy prepackaged, bread machine mixes but they are more expensive and you can’t control what goes into your bread.
I’ve noticed that some people who are against the idea of making bread from scratch, are intimidated by what they consider a difficult, complex and work intensive process. Actually, bread making is quite easy, needing just a few ingredients. There’s no special equipment needed, just a large mixing bowl, spoon, measuring cup and loaf pans.
The ingredients for a plain loaf of white bread is unbleached flour, active dry yeast, butter, shortening or oil, salt, milk and sugar. These items are found in most grocery stores at minimal cost. One regular size bag of flour will yield five to six loaves of bread.