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Saturday, August 25th, 2007
8:45 am
Bread Starter question
Please excuse the cross posting.

I have been using a 2 loaf bread recipe and as my husband and I only go through 1 loaf a week I freeze the 2nd loaf prior to the 2nd rising. No matter how much time I give it to rise once I take it out of the freezer it never gets above the lip of the pan and is VERY dense (it is a whole wheat loaf).

For several reasons I would like to begin using a starter, I can make one loaf at a time without wasting 1/2 a packet of yeast, I have heard the bread is lighter, and I don't have to buy yeast every two weeks. I admit I don't know much about starters but would really like to try to use the more 'traditional' way. Here is my problem

My husband hates sourdough bread and I can't seem to find any mention of a non sourdough starter.

Any thoughts or how to's on a non sourdough starter???


Current Mood: content
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
1:50 am

I'm one of them SCA geeks, and have taken quite an interest in the Thule-Norse interactions in Greenland (and to a lesser extent, Canada) circa 1200-1450 AD.

I have several ideas for projects fitting with this theme obsession, most of them working with stone. I may get around to flintknapping and soapstone sculpture at some point, but my first stone tool will be a ground slate ulu, something like these here and here.

As for making tools out of materials other than stone, I'm going to make a pump drill. Don't really know what I'll drill with it, but if I can get my hands on some jasper, I'll likely make a wearable whetstone or two in the image of the Norse ideal.

It's not terribly Thule, but I'd also like to make cordage from natural vegetative fibres (here), for the fun/hell of it.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
6:01 pm
Atlatl: modern deer hunters may soon be using...

Pennsylvania hunters may soon be using a Stone Age spear-throwing weapon known as the atlatl to stalk deer.
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