Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

So, even as I tried the sandwich bread out, I'd started on sourdough starter. This was actually my second shot - the first a long while back having failed miserably to really "take". Turns out the process is both very simple, but there are a few things that can help or hinder. Take, for example, my insistence on using unbleached flour this time around. I'll provide links to several videos and articles I found useful, but starting and maintianing a sourdough starter can really be boiled down to several core principles. Measures below assume you're doing 1-2 loaves at a…

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Breadmaking and Other Cooking

Breadmaking and Other Cooking

Been wrapped up with family, spending time with friends online shooting the breeze and/or playing RPG's, usually both at once, reading, and taking care of various household projects such that, as work slowed down, I've had less time for posting. There's plenty to write about, but first, I have to credit a friend of mine for reviving an interest in making homemade bread that I had explored a while back and dropped because I didn't have the right tools on tap. What got me started though was the following video: First of all, it looks like I wasn't the…

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Easy Jerky

Easy Jerky

I’d looked in the past at how to do jerky, but hadn’t wanted to buy a dehydrator, and never had an oven around that could go low enough to not cook the meat. Well, Quintus Curtius pointed me in a new direction, whereupon I felt mildly dumbfounded that I hadn’t thought of it or seen it before. Basically – all you need is airflow. And salt. Oh, and to keep it away from pets not only to not having it get eaten, but if your dog sheds (huskies, retrievers, etc…). Here’s a few links: This is the…

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Cast Iron

Cast Iron

I can second every word of this article on cast-iron cookware, including this excerpt: Since cast iron is made from the same stuff Hephaestus used in his forges for side projects like his automata delivery service to Olympus, you can use it just about anywhere. Stove top, in the oven, out over an open fire camping, cast iron don’t care. It’s the honeybadger of cookware. Bought a large – 10″ or so – skillet to cook on, and while it gets less use than it otherwise might due to weight, glass cooktops, and elderly family members still trying to help…

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