The last post I did about baking bread was a fun one for me, the best part was reading the comments. I love my bloggy friends, I feel like I belong to a club or sisterhood or something. Bread baking is something I have learned to really enjoy. It didn’t necessarily start that way. I have always like the satisfaction of pulling hot crispy bread out of the oven, but there sure were times I was very frustrated with my results. Learning to bake bread is a process, you have to learn the small little tricks that have to do with where you live the temperature of your oven and the humidity of your house. While I don’t claim to be an expert, I do feel proficient and that is a good feeling.
I had a few questions that I would like to answer here.
Tif wanted to know how long I can freeze my bread for. That is a great question. I don’t really have a definite answer, but I have frozen it for as long as two months and it still tastes fresh. I just use regular bread storage bags, nothing fancy. Last May I knew that I wasn’t going to want to bake bread in the heat of the summer time. My kitchen is on the South West corner of the house and with the oven going it gets really hot. So I baked my brains out for about three days and I stored about 2 1/2 months worth of bread in the freezer. It made for a nutty few days of baking, but was well worth it in the summer.
Shannon, yes I bake 10 to 16 loaves in a day, that is 5 to 6 batches. That will give me almost two weeks worth of bread, I just don’t have the time to bake every other day. I will start around 10 in the morning and bake until the evening. It really isn’t all that bad, there is a lot of time where the bread is rising that I can do other things. I will usually have dough rising in the pans, and bowl and the Kitchen aid, and a batch baking in the oven. It is satisfying to see 16 loaves of bread lined up on my kitchen table cooling! (the state of my kitchen, that is another story!) Thanks for the compliment on the pictures, that is one of my favorite parts! (If you don’t mind I would love to read your blog! e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org)
Charlotte, I am sorry about your Kitchen aid, that would be major at my house I use mine all the time! I got to thinking about kneading, it is really hard to over kneed, usually people don’t kneed enough! As I got to thinking about it, I don’t just stop the kneading process when it pulls away from the bowl, I probably give it 3 to 5 minutes once it starts to pull away. I probably should kneed it more.
, you should try it! Let me know if you do.
Michelle, I agree it is nice to see others bake bread, it is a lost art that is slowly coming back, someday I would like to experiment more, but now I am just trying to feed a bunch of picky kids!
Patty, I bet your house smells good all the time! There are weeks that I don’t have a full day to devote to baking, when that happens I will bake every other day, but that isn’t my favorite way of doing it. (y’all need to go take a look at Patty’s blog, she has a yummy picture of a loaf of her bread!)
Chrissy, I would so deliver, if you didn’t live a gazillion miles away.
Thanks Kate, I picked the prettiest ones to take pictures of. There were many that (past and present) that aren’t so beautiful. (Kate, I would love to know who you are…your profile is blocked.)
Heatherann, I have done that so many time! My kids favorite lunch is warm bread with butter and jam…hehe…freezing it works really well, you should try it.
Janelle, I am glad you liked the pictures, let me know if you bake some.
Angie….I just might.
Erika, I would love a professional Kitchen aid, when this one breaks I am going to buy the biggest professional one out there!
K2 (aka Katheryn) let me know when you try it!