Here are 10 easy tips that make baking homemade bread easier, including some of our favorite recipes! Using these ideas, you can save lots of time and money making tasty bread and desserts!
10 Homemade Bread Baking Tips
- Buy yeast in bulk. Split it with a friend. Buying in bulk uses less packaging which is less expensive and better for the environment. Yeast is $2.70 a pound bulk compared to $25.00 a pound buying the little packets. If you don’t have someone to split it with, buy bulk anyway. Even if half is wasted, it is still less expensive than the small packets. Extra yeast may be frozen for longer storage.
- When cutting bread, freeze the crumbs in a freezer bag. Use when a recipe calls for bread crumbs.
- Save and freeze dried bread slices and heels. When you need bread crumbs, grind them in the blender or food processor. Toss with seasonings and melted margarine, or use in stuffing, croutons, or bread pudding.
- Buy bread at the day-old bread store and freeze all of it even if you plan to use it in just a few days. At .25-.39 a loaf, you can’t make it as cheap. Usually sweet rolls and tortillas can also be found at the .39 cent table.
- When you are baking something in the oven and you are using a burner on the range at the same time, use the burner that has the vent for the oven. The heat from the oven will cause the burner to use less energy, thus saving money.
- Use powdered milk for baking. Pour some in a small container and leave in your “baking center” with the rest of your baking supplies.
- To check and see if the baking powder in your pantry is still active, stir 1 teaspoon into one‑third cup hot water. There should be immediate vigorous bubbling. If no bubbling occurs or bubbling is sporadic, the baking powder is past its prime.
- Use a cutting board with a no-slip pad underneath to knead bread.
To glaze bread: For a dark, shiny glaze, brush on 1 beaten egg yolk and bake as usual.
For a shine but no color, brush on 1 egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water.
Make roll dough and put in pans. Cover and freeze. When you leave for church, leave rolls at room temperature. When you return they will have risen and be ready to bake for Sunday dinner. Then you have fresh rolls. Do not freeze longer than 3 weeks.
Here are the most popular homemade bread recipes on our website. They are very simple and your family will love them!
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