These drive me crazy. These bread bags are usually NOT recyclable. Which means, if I’m trying to follow a zero waste lifestyle, I had to give them up.
Granted, we aren’t big bread eaters, but when you want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it just doesn’t cut it on homemade tortillas. We decided to simply make our own bread.
One step closer to zero waste!
I’ve read that Bea from Zero Waste Home fills her canvas bag with fresh bread from the bakery/store. This is also what they do in Europe, and it’s very common and normal. Wonder environmentalist Jen from Jen’s blog told me she leaves her bread bags in the park on a post and people use them to pick up doggie do. There are all sorts of alternatives, but I’ve always wanted to make my own bread so, some time last year, we thought we’d give it a shot.
Bread isn’t as time-consuming or overwhelming to make as I thought it would be, and that’s without a bread machine. The only thing that takes time is waiting on the yeast. We make bread on Sunday mornings when things are calmer and we’re both home, sometimes baking two loaves at a time and freezing them to use as we need in my old Ziploc bags I’ve had since 2008. We’ve experimented and tried various bread recipes we’ve found on-line, usually whole wheat.
This one from 3 Fat Chicks on a diet is one of our favorites. It’s a little crumbly, but we haven’t quite figured out how to solve that problem. It looks like we’d need to use half white flour and half wheat, but I want whole wheat, not half wheat. We looked for a recipe that used olive oil, wheat germ and whole wheat flour. The crumble could also be due to the olive oil rather than butter. But, I’ll eat slightly crumbly bread in exchange for a healthy heart any day. And my man’s not a picky eater. (Thank goodness!)
I found this bread recipe on the 3 Fat Chicks on a diet website. It was sent in by Tejas in 2010. She got it from “Our Daily Bread” by Stella Standard, 1970.
1 envelope of yeast
1/4 Cup of lukewarm water
1/4 Cup of liquid honey (honey with a bit of water)
1 1/4 Cups of hot water
1 scant Tbsp. salt
3 cups of whole wheat flour
3/4 Cup wheat germ
1/4 Cup of olive oil
1. Put yeast, lukewarm water and honey in a bowl and let it become frothy.
2. Mix hot water with salt and let it cool to lukewarm
3. Combine this with the yeast mixture and add to the flour and wheat germ
4. Mix this very well, while pouring the olive oil over the mixture. Add more water if needed to make it malleable. Beat this hard (I use wooden spoon) in a kneading motion in a bowl.
5. Put the bowl in a pan of hot water and let the dough rise.
6. Beat it down and put the dough in an oiled pan (regulation bread size) and let it rise again.
7. Turn the oven to 425F for 10 minutes before you put the bread in the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the heat to 350F and bake for 25 minutes more.
8. Placing a pan of water in the oven below the rack with the bread on it will give a nice crust.
Let me know how it turns out for you! Happy baking! And now to try this bread maker…
Bread recipes and the like:
Going wasteless isn’t a denial, it is fun! (wastelessjourney.wordpress.com
Homemade Wheat Bread (jenniferessary.wordpress.com
Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread Machine Bread recipe – 173 calories (dietrecipesblog.com)
Things that Rise – Part 1 (findyourthing.wordpress.com)
The Basics: White vs. Whole Wheat Bread (breadbylucia.wordpress.com)