We mentioned that we are working towards becoming more self reliant. As part of the process, we have been baking more bread at home. I find that it’s difficult for me to stop in the middle of the day and get all necessary ingredients so I can make a loaf of bread in my bread machine. I have come up with a system that works wonders for me, and with the system I am able to make several loaves a bread a week without it being a hassle. I prep a month’s worth of bread machine mixes at one time!
This saves me so much time, because I only have to pull all of the ingredients out once, and the process of adding the ingredients to the machine is super simple.
Please note: I understand that becoming self reliant should probably involve me making bread by hand, in the oven, without the use of the bread machine. We are taking baby steps here! I am currently relying on making bread from scratch, and not having to run to the store for it, so I still consider that becoming self reliant. We do plan to share with you a great method for making homemade bread in the oven too, but you have to start somewhere, right?
Once you know what recipes you plan to make for the month, you want to get all of your supplies together. I usually make 3-4 batches of the same items, I don’t make 16 different flavors of bread. That would just be crazy! Here is what I have planned to prep for this month:
- Potato Bread
- Honey Wheat Bread
- Pretzel Dough
- Pizza Dough
Once I have all the ingredients together, I start adding them to the containers. I only add the dry ingredients to the containers (minus the yeast). Later I will add the wet/fresh ingredients that are needed for the recipe. I chose to invest in reusable plastic containers made by Click Clack (I got a great deal on them through One Kings Lane), but you could just use Ziploc storage bags if you want.
When I am done, I have several containers filled with pre-made bread machine mixes.
I label the lids of the containers with what mix is inside.
I store all of the pre-made mixes in my pantry.
When I want to make bread for the day, I just pull out one of the containers so I can add it to my bread machine.
I just pour all the dry ingredients into the bread machine.
The recipe I chose today called for water, honey and butter. These are the wet/fresh type ingredients that I add the day I make the bread.
Next, all of the wet ingredients get added to the machine.
Lastly, I add the yeast, and I am done! This is a HUGE time saver, and it ensures that we end up with bread that we made on our own and didn’t have to buy at the store.
Finally, you get to enjoy!
I have had a couple of questions regarding the Bread Machine I own and whether or not I like it. I own the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker and I absolutely love it!! I put a lot of research into it before I put it on my birthday list and had my husband buy it for me. I really did do a lot of research though, you can check out all the reviews on the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker at Amazon, lots of people like it too!
The containers I used are the Clickclack Airtight Storer 1-1/4-Quart Container, Red Lid (Amazon link).
Here are a few of the recipes I used this month:
- Honey Whole Wheat Bread (I substituted butter for the vegetable oil)
- Crusty Potato Bread
- Pizza Crust (I am not really happy with this one, anybody have a pizza crust recipe you love? If so, please share!)
- Homemade Pretzels – (recipe post coming soon!)
This post is part of our year-long series on becoming self reliant, go HERE to read the other posts in the series thus far.