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Sourdough Starter – New Zealand culture

Posted in Baking, Food, Health, Home with tags , , , , , , on 2013/07/27 by rmolby
Two naturally-leavened (sourdough) loaves. Fro...

Two naturally-leavened (sourdough) loaves. Front: 90% white flour, 10% rye sourdough loaf proofed in a coiled-cane brotform. Back: A 3-pound whole-wheat miche. Both were leavened using a 100% hydration sourdough starter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, while I had the kitchen in a warm to hot state, I thought I would get my first sourdough starter going.

Some time ago I bought several of Sourdoughs International’s cultures, and the one I am starting today if the New Zealand culture for general baking. According to their website it is a good culture for beginners.

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Excellent for the beginner

In 2003 we acquired one of these cultures from Kristeva Dowling (now in Canada). It is one of the easiest and best choices for the novice sourdough baker. It has been used around the world with great success ever since.

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So around 16:00 today, according to the included instructions, I mixed 3/4 cup of Gold label organic all-purpose flour with the yeast culture packet, then added one cup of Crest filtered drinking water that I heated to about 90F degrees. I spun and shook the jar until all the flour was wet and it was all mixed up.

I set the jar next to my crock-pot that is cooking a pot-roast,  to keep it nice an warm without cooking it. so once the pot-roast is done I will move the starter to the warmest spot, probably on top of the fridge for the remainder of the first 24 hours, and tomorrow around 16:00 I will check it to make sure it is bubbling and alive.

Once my starter is in good shape, I hope to replace some of my flour in my bream machine recipes with some starter, and making some sourdough bread by using the egg-free recipes and using the delay timer to allow the starter to do it’s job overnight and then letting it bake early in the morning to have the bread ready by getting up time. We shall see if this bread machine is smart enough for this.

Ramblings for 2013.07.20

Posted in Blogging, Food, Gardening, Liberty, Nature, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2013/07/20 by rmolby
English: Baked loaf from Bread Machine

English: Baked loaf from Bread Machine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, today I got the bread machine that my dad ordered for me. I am really excited to be making my first loaf of bread. I already have a few of the ingredients, but I am lacking instant yeast, organic sugar, and dry milk to try the basic recipes, so I will have to get those on one of our next shopping trips.

In the mean time, I cleaned the machine’s bread bowl with dish soap and warm water, and it is drying right now, and I am studying the manual to make myself familiar with the machine. There doesnt seem to be that much to it, really. There is even a sourdough recipe, but it still calls for active dry yeast… I will have to try that, and slowly reduce the amount of active dry yeast over time… I bet I can let the dough rise over night on starter alone and then let it run like a normal basic loaf… something to try later once I’m comfortable with the bread maker.

Ramblings for 2013.07.14

Posted in Blogging, Food, Gardening, Liberty, Nature, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2013/07/14 by rmolby
Sourdough spelt loaf

Sourdough spelt loaf (Photo credit: GabeD)

I had a really nice conversation with my father via Skype.

We spoke at length about making our own bread using a bread machine, using non-wheat flour, sourdough starter using seed starters from Sourdoughs International, and a variety of other tangential subjects.

We also discussed pizza crust and how to use your grill to do some baking, such as portrayed on Breadtopia. This website is an amazing resource, and I need to order a few things from them so I can grill pizza and bread – I need a good peel for the pizza, and a cloche and proofing basked for the bread.

Dad said that he had wanted to get me a bread machine for some time, and asked me what brand and model I would like, so I looked up the bread machine that Steven Harris uses and mentioned on several of The Survival Podcast episodes he has been on. My dad promptly ordered it. Wow! I love my parents.

We also discussed capturing rain water and storing it, using collapsible rain barrels I ordered from Amazon, here and here.

So we had a good time discussing the above and I am very grateful to have such caring parents, as I see so many families struggle with their internal relations and many families get torn apart in the process.

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