All About Yeast and Vital Wheat Gluten

Baking Ingredients
Since wheat is such a common staple of most people's food storage, it is critical to learn how to use it. The easiest thing to make (without storing a lot of ingredients) is bread. Our FAVORITE bread recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients and it turns out great every time. Two of the items common in bread recipes (and included in our favorite recipe) are yeast and vital wheat gluten. We get asked a lot of questions about these items so we wanted to give you a quick overview and address some of the concerns people tend to have when using these for the first time. All About Yeast What is yeast? Yeast is a microscopic fungus that is used in baking for leavening purposes. The kind most…
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Top Twelve Questions About MAKING BREAD

Wheat Recipes
After our post last week where we shared THE BEST WHEAT BREAD RECIPE EVER we got a slew of questions in blog comments, on facebook, and in our email inbox. We decided to address those questions in a separate post so that everyone can see all the answers. Without further ado, here are the top twelve questions we received: Q. Do I have to use a stand mixer to make this bread? A. NO! During our annual 7 Day Challenge we had a challenge where we had to make bread using NO ELECTRICITY at all. I made this same recipe and ground it by hand, kneading it by hand (yes my kneading needs work), and cooked it in a Sun Oven and cardboard box oven. It wasn't easy but it…
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Best Wheat Bread Recipe – Yup We Said BEST!

Wheat Recipes
Are you in search for a delicious, soft, healthy whole wheat bread recipe? We thought we would finally share with you our FAV! Bread made with fresh ground wheat. It is healthy, delicous, and helps you to use your Food Storage. A couple years ago, we found this recipe and have never looked back! One time Julie told her husband's best friend (who loves this bread) that she was going to try a different recipe. He got visibly upset, a little panicked, and said: "Don't fix what ain't broke!" The recipe she was wanting to try was actually just a variation of THIS recipe using a bunch of other grains... NOT another whole wheat recipe...don't worry! This recipe comes from the Deals to Meals blog. Their blog is one of…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 12: BREAD

Baking Goods, Pinterest, Recipes
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting the BREAD board. Bread is something that most people want to master as part of their food storage education due to the fact that we store so much wheat. This board has several of our favorite bread recipes, bread making tips, and other yummy things you can make out of bread dough. PIN 1: Our all-time favorite 100% whole wheat bread recipe. PIN 2: See Julie's experiment with the super-nutritious Ezekiel bread. PIN 3: Olive garden breadsticks ... yummy!…
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Bread Making with the Extreme Food Storage Makeover

Extreme Food Storage Makeover, Long Term Food Storage, Recipes, Wheat, Wheat Recipes
It's been awhile since we have shared with you what's going on with the Extreme Food Storage Makeover for Grandma Lori. Since Grandma Lori bought her Wondermill, Jasmine has been wanting in on the experimenting (Jasmine is Grandma Lori's daughter and she's the one who showed us how to make multi-grain waffles with their Wondermill). With the 7 Day Challenge coming up, you better believe one of the tasks throughout the week will be to make a loaf of bread, so pay close attention! There are a lot of great bread recipes we could choose from to get Jasmine going on her bread making. The one we had Jasmine try first comes from Deals to Meals. You do this thing called "sponging" to the dough, and it makes an incredible…
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Food Storage Recipe: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Wheat Recipes
Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 1 package quick rise yeast ¾ c. milk (can also use powdered milk) ¾ c. water 2 T. honey 2 T. vegetable oil 2 c. whole wheat flour Directions: Combine 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, salt, and yeast in large mixing bowl. Heat milk, water, honey and oil until hot to touch. Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add ½ cup all-purpose flour. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. With spoon, stir in whole wheat flour and enough additional all-purpose flour to make stiff dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to…
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All About Wheat!

Grains, Wheat
This is a guest post by Jamie over at HiStakes-Spelt.com. Jamie is an expert at all things wheat and spelt so we asked her to give you a quick run-down of some of the nutritional benefits of whole wheat and talk about her company a little more in depth. Let's Talk About Wheat! Hi. We are farmers and grow hard white wheat so you can enjoy wholesome wheat straight from the farm. You can find us at HiStakes-Spelt.com. We would like to show you why you would want to use more whole wheat in your food storage and in your everyday diet. Differences to Consider When Choosing Whole Wheat: If you need advice and are wondering what kind of wheat to choose to make your bread and other pastries, I’ll…
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Whole Wheat Bread – From Start to Finish

Grains, Wheat, Wheat Recipes
Types of wheat Spring or winter: Winter red wheat tends to hava slightly higher protein and is a bit harder than content than spring. Winter red is better for baking bread. There is not a significant difference in hard or soft white wheat. Hard or soft: Hard wheat varieties have higher gluten (protein) and are better for making breads. Soft varieties have lower protein and nutrients and are better for pastries, pastas, and breakfast cereals. Red or white: Red wheats tend have a stronger wheat flavor than white wheats. Most red wheat varieties are hard, and most white wheat varieties are soft, but you can find soft red and hard white if you really prefer one over the other. Storage If unopened, the optimum shelf life of wheat is 12…
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