Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Ahhh . . . homemade
I love to make food from scratch. I made yogurt for several years, then burned out on it and started buying it again. However, price drove me to make my own again last night. I am SO GLAD I did!!!. I added powdered milk this time, something I hadn't done in the past. And it is definitely firmer. I just feel so good about feeding my family made from scratch goodness.
So that brings me to my current post. I live down the street from a day old bread store. It is an Oroweat store, so the bread is not full of junk like high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils--not a bad deal. But here's the thing . . . the bread just didn't smell right to me. It had a sour smell. Not the good kind of sourdough smell, but a smell that made me wonder if it was o.k. to eat. So I started back making my own bread. It tastes so much better. DH was not too happy only because of the size--the loaves tend to be on the short side. Of course, that can be solved by making the recipe bigger to make bigger loaves. Ah, the problem: my KitchenAid does not handle the larger amount of dough very well. I have the 4-1/2 quart model. I LOVE my KitchenAid. But from necessity, I have started looking for another mixer. KitchenAid does make a 6 quart model, but still I wonder if it will be powerful enough for my whole wheat flax seed bread. Enter the Bosch mixer. Ahhh, now THERE is a mixer! It claims to be able to handle 15 pounds of dough. That's a LOT of dough, but for, well, a lot of dough. Hmm, what to do.
Yes, yes, I could make bread the old-fashioned way--kneading it by hand. That was nice BC/BH (before children/before homeschool). Now I have the opportunity to make the most of my time while feeding my family with the most nutritious food I can. Kneading bread does not lend itself to maximizing time.
Disclaimer: This is not a post of complaint. It is simply musing in type.