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Okay, I just successfully made my first two loaves of traditional white bread and they came out great!  I have never been able to get yeast to do what it does best, and tonight I think I got it (
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First Time Bread Baking

posted at 11/7/2011 10:13 PM EST
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Okay,

I just successfully made my first two loaves of traditional white bread and they came out great!  I have never been able to get yeast to do what it does best, and tonight I think I got it (at least this time I did!).  Anyways,  does anyone know the best way to store homemade bread?  I do not own a bread box.

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posted at 11/8/2011 12:38 AM EST
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Okay, I just successfully made my first two loaves of traditional white bread and they came out great!  I have never been able to get yeast to do what it does best, and tonight I think I got it (at least this time I did!).  Anyways,  does anyone know the best way to store homemade bread?  I do not own a bread box.
Posted by Rebecca W


Before storing make sure it is completely cool,not having preservatives it will mold much faster than store bought bread.I rarely have any left over home made bread, they eat it all .Once it has cooled place the bread in a plastic storage bag,get as much air out of the bag as possible,it will keep fine for a few days any longer wrap it in foil and place it in a freezer bag and store in the freezer. Homemade bread will last 3 months in the freezer.I do the same with store bought bread.I then take out the slices that I need and it is as fresh as the day I put it in there.

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posted at 11/8/2011 5:45 AM EST
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I love making beer bread. It is easy since the beer is the element that makes the bread rise as well as the self-rising flour.. Here is my recipe that I got from a friend.
BEER BREAD
3 cups of self-rising flour**
3 TBS granulated sugar
1 (12 oz) can of beer

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease or spray a 9 x 6 x 3 inch loaf pan
Combine all ingredients, mising well
Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour
Yield - l loaf
** you may substitute with 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 3 tsp. baking powder and 1 1/2 tsp. salt.

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posted at 11/8/2011 7:52 AM EST
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I never made a loaf, only rolls.  But like Gale G, they did not last very long.  Hardly had time to cool off before they were gone.  LOL

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posted at 11/8/2011 8:43 AM EST
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I use a very large zip-loc bag - once the loaf is totally cooled (if your family will leave it alone long enough to cool!!).

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posted at 11/8/2011 9:04 AM EST
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Don't bake bread like I use to now that there is only two of us

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posted at 11/8/2011 10:37 AM EST
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I wish I could use yeast ~sigh~

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posted at 11/8/2011 10:40 AM EST
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Gale is right on with her suggestions.  If you don't go through bread quickly you could freeze a loaf or slice and freeze so you can take out what you need.
If it does go stale you have 3 great options.  Stuffing, I understand there is a holiday fast approaching where stale bread is used in large quantities. The second is bread pudding either a sweet or a breakfast version would be good. And last but not least French Toast. A great breakfast or a fast dinner.

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posted at 11/8/2011 2:05 PM EST
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Don't forget bread crumbs.I make my own  and store them in the freezer.Sometimes I have a lot and pass them on to my son and brother.It's better than throwing them out and wasting money.Then you could make croutons for your salads also.

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posted at 11/8/2011 6:53 PM EST
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I wish I could use yeast ~sigh~
Posted by Nancy G

Nancy, I've taught classes to people like you.  Çolumbia has a gread adult education program and I've taught bread making and other stuff with yeast for over 30 years for them.  I usually have a class on cinnamon rolls and have had Christmas bread classes, dinner rolls, regular breads like whole wheat, rye, French etc.  People are always surprised at what they can do.  They come into class saying they have no success with yeast.  There's never any failures in my classes and everyone goes home happy with what they have made.

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posted at 11/8/2011 6:54 PM EST
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Like gale said, slice and freeze what you won't use in a couple days.  Without the preservatives, dough conditioners etc, homemade bread stales fast. However, most of the time it is eaten so fast it doesn't get a chance to get  stale.

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posted at 11/8/2011 8:08 PM EST
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The local junior college - just a mile away from me - has an enormous assortment of adult ed classes.  I took senior computer use. 
I wonder if they might have baking.  I gotta' look into that!  Thanks Judy

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posted at 11/8/2011 9:26 PM EST
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The local junior college - just a mile away from me - has an enormous assortment of adult ed classes.  I took senior computer use.  I wonder if they might have baking.  I gotta' look into that!  Thanks Judy
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, I think that would be great for you to learn about yeast dough.It would open up a whole new world of baking for you.

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posted at 11/8/2011 10:01 PM EST
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YIKES !!!  Gale I wonder if a new baking world is what I need - lol

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posted at 11/8/2011 11:06 PM EST
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Gale if you opened a class i would come.....if we were close Tongue Out

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posted at 11/9/2011 3:02 AM EST
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YIKES !!!  Gale I wonder if a new baking world is what I need - lol
Posted by Nancy G


Well sure we all need to explore new things and I know that you would love the smell of home made bread going through your house.My sister married the guy from across the street and I remember my mom baking and my brother in law coming from his mom's house from across the street to have homemade bread with butter.He would eat a whole loaf lol! Some times I think he married my sister for my mom's bread! No that's not true but he really liked my moms bread.

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posted at 11/9/2011 3:06 AM EST
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Gale if you opened a class i would come.....if we were close 
Posted by Retaj O


Well thats sweet Retaj but I'm not qualified to teach a class.

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posted at 11/9/2011 5:06 AM EST
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Yes, making bread is definitely a treat to smell and eat and you must eat it within a few days or it will become moldy. I usually make bread when we are having company since we try to cut down on carbs.

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posted at 11/9/2011 8:37 AM EST
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The thing about homemade bread is that it smells so good it gets eaten very quickly.  I always make something special for Christmas.  it is some kind of sweet dough with fruit and nuts and decorated.  I always make 2 and give one to my neighbor

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posted at 11/9/2011 10:33 AM EST
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I know, it's hard and there's just me.  So, if I do bake bread, I end up sharing it.  Oh, the smell of freshly baked bread!  I like going past the bakeries, including the commercial ones, the aroma is so good.  There's a bakery that I like to buy from.  They use organic flours and no preservatives and somehow their bread stays fresh in the plastic bag for literally days, as long as a week or more.  I don't know how they do it.

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Don't bake bread like I use to now that there is only two of us
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