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Bread Machines
February 17, 2012
11:20 am
Joell
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It sounds like your yeast is alright, I would probably use it my self.

        Lajoda, if you bake today, please let us know how it turns out.

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February 17, 2012
11:28 am
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Beverly, if I use all bread flour, I just reduce the water (wheat flour takes up extra water).  Probably to about a cup or so?  You'll still have to check during the first mix to make sure it's good.  The hint about the stickiness of a sticky note is a great one- I never thought about it that way, but yeah!  It is!  And our bread machine is a 1.5-2 pounder, so it should come out just fine in yours.  The dough is AWESOME.  I'm not so good at kneading and stuff, and I love the bread machine dough- it's just perfect every time!

I'd use that yeast, it sounds fine.  When it's dead, it's just dead. 

Sorry if I wasn't supposed to post a recipe here… I'm kind of new and still learning all the protocol!

February 17, 2012
11:36 am
Lajoda
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I meant to add, when I was doing container gardening (sips) I was able to get buckets from my grocery store by asking them to save them for me in the bakery. Their frosting comes in buckets.

Laura

February 17, 2012
11:37 am
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 Hello Mountainkat, I am glad you posted your recipe, I made a copy for myself, even though we are asked to post them at Farm Bell, I dont think posting one will get us both in big trouble wink

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February 17, 2012
11:42 am
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Lajoda said:

I meant to add, when I was doing container gardening (sips) I was able to get buckets from my grocery store by asking them to save them for me in the bakery. Their frosting comes in buckets.

Laura

Those things are great for storage, around the holidays when they have baking items on sale such as the different candies and chips I use for baking, I but them and put them in a heavey plastic bag then inside on of those tubs, they stay fresh all year. I keep mine in our basement where it is cool and dry. Great for flour storage.

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February 17, 2012
1:40 pm
rileysmom
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Add me as  a bread machine fan…..it's easy for me to get a loaf of bread, pizza dough or roll dough together and do other chores while it does it's magic! 

I'm on my 3rd Oster, but I have only used the dough cycle in the last 2 machines. Yeah, the KitchenAid will do it …..

Also,  I have a clay bread loaf pan that gives loaves such a great crust and the classic lof shape. 

February 17, 2012
1:56 pm
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For someone looking for a machine, and if you dont want to spend  any money , mention that you are looking for one to your family and friends, I will almost bet that someone has one stored away that that will never use, sad but true, and you will be doing them a favor by taking it off their hands. 

 I fiqured roughly that if a person purchased one good loaf of bread a week, not counting rolls or buns or pizza crust, they would have spend over $200 in a years time.happy-flower

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February 17, 2012
7:40 pm
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Thanks to Mountainkat & Joell for the recipes.  And thanks to all the others for the tips & tricks!  Loving this thread since I'm somewhat new to bread baking & definitely bread makers! 

CindyP….Ohhhhhhhhh, butter?!?!  I sure wish mine did that!  What machine do you have?

February 17, 2012
11:12 pm
dee58m
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Hello all you fine bread baking gals… yes  I have a Turbo Baker II that I have used for the last 19 years. I like many of you, like to use it on the manual cycle, especially when I am making cinnamon roll dough, pizza dough, calzones, baguettes, coffee breads or bread sticks and focaccia dough…but I also enjoy the benefits of letting it do all the work at times as well.

I personally when buying my flours in bulk, like to repackage into 1 1/2 to 2 gallon sized zip freezer bags, and store in my freezer. I have found it to stay fresher longer that way as I usually buy 30# at a time, at our nearby Amish bulk stores.

I do store my yeast partly in the freezer and in the refrigerator, as I usually am buying 2# at a time. A good thing I like to do is bring the amount of yeast I am using to room temperature before baking with it. My bread machine is dry to wet, I find I get a better result that way. If it is near expiration, I like BEG suggests, add a dash more to insure a good rising.

I feel when baking anything it is so good to stretch yourself to go beyond what the recipe calls for. .. i.e. Roasted Pepper Focaccia, instead of just roasted red peppers, I add chopped drained artichokes too. .. to my Honey Whole Wheat bread I add oats, sunflowers, milled flaxseed, sesame, poppyseed, millet, red wheat berries, chia…etc.. amounting to up to 13 different seed/berry grains .. it tastes like a bread called Birdseed Bread.. everything you add improves the nutritional value and boosts its goodness for you and your families…  snuggle

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February 18, 2012
8:38 am
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BeverlyC said:

CindyP….Ohhhhhhhhh, butter?!?!  I sure wish mine did that!  What machine do you have?

It's a Toastmaster Corner Bakery Bread & Dessert Maker….I must have gotten this in the mid 90's maybe?  I lost the top that is used for the butter (has holes in it to drain the buttermilk and to keep the inside of the machine cleaner), but I just drape a paper towel over it now.  I had never used it to make butter until just the last couple years….after Suzanne got BP and was making her own butter….and the jar shaking was just too time consuming :)

The butter setting doesn't heat up and it mixes for 30 minutes.

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February 18, 2012
8:58 am
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I have a Oster bread machine that I received as a gift probably about 10 years ago.  I haven't been using it very often, lately.  I find it relaxing to stand their and knead the bread.  As each day here seems to be getting crazier and crazier, I will probably start getting it out more often.

February 18, 2012
2:08 pm
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I am probably preaching to the choir but I only recently found these so maybe someone here hasn't seen them yet and might benefit. Handy dandy tool for opening those flour, grain, storage buckets. $1.38 at Lowes.

Laura

 

Shop Warner 5-Gallon Bucket Opener at Lowes.com

February 18, 2012
2:37 pm
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Joell said:

It sounds like your yeast is alright, I would probably use it my self.

        Lajoda, if you bake today, please let us know how it turns out.

Joell,

While I did try the yeast which I have now pronounced dead, I tried it in Kellyb's recipe to test with 3 cups of flour instead of a larger loaf in the breadmaker. It turned out, well it was pretty dense and my DH offered to slice it for me with his chainsaw. So……..onward. I will buy fresh yeast and try your recipe in the breadmaker in the next few days and Kellyb's recipe again. Supposed to rain today I don't feel like a grocery store trip. I think I have uploaded a photo? It says I was successful………… we shall see.

Laura

February 18, 2012
3:03 pm
Lajoda
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NOT!

I hope you will indulge me. I would like to do this correctly. (the picture part)

I guess I had uploaded, but not yet inserted, which I am glad of now because it was huge! This is a 50% reduction.

I shall try, try again. 

Laura

February 18, 2012
3:07 pm
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Now that is a gorgeous loaf of bread!  Good job, Laura!  YUM!  forkfrench

February 18, 2012
3:12 pm
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MaryB said:

Now that is a gorgeous loaf of bread!  Good job, Laura!  YUM!  forkfrench

TY Mary B,

It's pretty, but I wouldn't want to drop it on my toe!

Laura

February 18, 2012
3:16 pm
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Tsk!  Laura!   You are not to drop it!  You are to eat it!  Cheesh, if you dont know what to do with it, pass it this way…  I'll show you!  hungry

February 18, 2012
5:23 pm
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I don't know, Laura, I make kellyb's recipe for no-knead bread and that looks very similar to mine as far as size etc…  (but my yeast definitely rises in it).  That's awesome bread!  It's not meant to be super-light (or at least mine isn't).  But it definitely doesn't need a chainsaw to cut!  Better luck next time.

Joell, I made a note of your recipe too!  Thanks for not getting me in trouble!  happy-flower

-kat

February 18, 2012
5:26 pm
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Oh, and Joell, I had to laugh when you said if you want a breadmachine, just mention it to friends and family.  My husband and I actually had *two* because we were both bread machine addicts before we were married… and my aunt came to visit last summer and started raving about our bread… guess who got gifted with the extra bread machine?  And now makes bread all the time?!

February 18, 2012
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I dont think anythings wrong with the bread, because home made bread is always heavier..  Yummier too! 

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