So, I started my bread starter two days ago. I added 1 cup of wheat flour, 1 cup of warm water and maybe 1/2 tsp. of dry yeast. I have let it set in my oven since then to grow and ferment. Yesterday, the recipe said to take 1 cup of the starter out and to throw it away and add another cup of flour and water. So, instead of throwing it out, I tried making some wheat bread. It came out OK…nothing to write home about…but then again I wasn’t expecting miracles. Today, it looks more bubbly and smelly but I don’t think it is ready yet. I’m supposed to throw out another cup of the starter and replace it with a cup of flour, and a cup of water…that’s still on my “TO-DO” list for the night. I’m hopeful this will work and make outstanding sour dough bread…but I’m not going to hold my breath!
A friend recently gave me an Amish Friendship Bread starter and I thought that I would try my hand at keeping alive this “interesting creature”. I baked my first batch on Saturday and it was delicious. Well, after baking this first batch I did some research about bread starters. My particular recipe isn’t the most cost effective and I wanted to see what I could find, to see if you could make a bread starter that was cheaper. From what I can tell, you can make your own sourdough starter by just mixing equal parts of of flour and water (1 cup each to start). Then supposedly, you cover it was cheesecloth and let it sit on your counter for a few days to almost a week, stirring every couple of days. Supposedly, when it starts to bubble and start to smell fermented, your starter is ready to be used. To store it, you can keep it in the refrigerator and just feed it every 5-7 days equal parts of flour and water. This sounded like a very cheap starter and an easy way to make good sourdough bread. I think I am going to try this and see if it really does work. I’ll post my progress, so please keep reading to see how it is going.
The holidays are over, but now you have been left with gifts that are too big, or too small, or just not your style. Even though this is a hassle that most moms don’t want to have to deal with, this opportunity does provide you the chance to find some great bargains of clearance/sale rack clothing. And from what I understand, this year over other years, retailers are slashing their prices even more than normal to make up for poor sales this December. A lot of times, if you don’t have a receipt for your item you are returning, the department store will only give you store credit and not cash. My first stop are usually the racks in the back of the ladies department where there is the clearance and the odds and ends. Sometimes, you might find an article that you really like, but find that it has a small defect on it, like maybe a button is gone. You can take it up to the desk and ask the clerk for a further discount since the button is gone. Many times, they will give you another 10-20% off because most people won’t buy something that is missing a button. But…IF this item that needs repair is going to go home and sit in your mending pile for a long time, DON’T buy it. You might have well buy a more expensive item and have no work to do on it, than to buy something and let it sit and not be used because you haven’t had time to do the repairs.
Happy NEW YEAR and have some fun looking for GREAT bargains!