Zero waste living and homesteading are a perfect match! If you too are overwhelmed by messages about the plastics epidemic and the insane amount of waste we produce, especially in America, then learning to make many of your own items is one of the best ways to work towards zero waste while also striving to build and create a self sufficient homestead. Here are some ideas to help.…
From the Flip Flip Barnyard, this is a wonderful recipe. Sourdough has many benefits, like all fermented foods, and this is no exception. Be sure to follow the directions and you can have yummy sourdough bread for fresh eating.
I’ve made this bread a few times and truly enjoy it. My family was not as big a fan because it is denser then they prefer. But I was a big fan and ate most of the last loaf. My favorite part about this recipe is that it is ready in just one hour!
Amish white bread was the very first bread I attempted to bake from scratch. Coming from a family that did not bake its own bread, I was a little intimidated and I wanted to maintain the sandwich loaf I am accustomed to. This was a good starter.
After a few tries, I moved on to different Amish white bread recipes and settled on this one. I made this every other weekend for several months and we completed our first year of only homemade bread!
From a Farmish Kind of Life, this is a wonderful alternative to white sandwhich and is pretty tasty. I was raise on whole wheat bread from the store and this a great copycat while being free of preservatives! Its just slightly sweet, which we enjoyed.
From Its Always Autumn, this is hands down my family’s favorite recipe so far. Now instead of making sandwich bread, I look toward artisan breads like this one and cook in my large cast iron pan. There is a special trick that helps get that wonderful crust!
From Melissa K Norris, this awesome recipe is as easy as the title “Pioneering Today-Bake Your Own Bread In Less than 5 Minutes a Day.” It literally takes less than 5 minutes per day and you get delicious homemade bread to enjoy!
I appreciate ease when baking for me and my family. Often I look for recipes in baking that are one bowl because, let’s be honest, I usually only use one bowl even when it calls for two. Luckily, recipes like this one are here for you!
This is a pretty simple and tasty banana bread. I did have a little trouble getting it to cook all the way through but eventually it did. Not as fluffy as regular flour-based banana bread but the crunchy crust was delicious.
Another sourdough, using your homemade sourdough starter, in an artisan bread form so you can get all those lovely air pockets and crunchy, crisp crust that you love! This is from an Oregon Cottage and is very tasty.
If you are beginning your journey into cooking from scratch and making bread, check out my kitchen essentials and be sure to get a mixer! I honestly would not make all our bread from home were it not for the kneading hook and my KitchenAid (r) mixer. Learn more about how you too can replace many items from the grocery store, including bread!
What are your favorite recipes?
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Where to learn about homesteading?
Want to learn more about homesteading but don’t know where to start? What blogs would be good to learn from and be inspired?