Recipes on the Internet for baking sourdough bread vary greatly but have one thing in common: They promise a short preparation process and add a multitude of ingredients to the dough. The end result is a bread that has little in common with old-style German sourdough bread.
The situation is not much better in Germany. The preparation process has been modified to become less time-consuming and hence cheaper. Here, too, various ingredients are added to the dough. The result is a bread that is different from the original German sourdough bread. Read More
Prices quoted on the Internet for rye grain vary greatly. When you compare offers per lb. of grain, make sure that you include shipping charges, since they vary significantly.
Before you order a large amount of rye grain, say in a 50 lb. bag, make sure that you have storage containers available that are absolutely airtight. If you store grain any other way in your home, critters will surely get in there and ruin the grain. Even a container that is almost airtight, such as a plastic bucket previously used to deliver food, is not good enough. Read More
Grains such as rye and wheat contain oil, which thus is contained in whole grain flour. The oil contained in the flour oxidizes gradually and eventually becomes rancid. The special smell of store-bought whole wheat flour stems from that oxidization process. We do not want any such smell, nor do we want to have partially oxidized oil in our bread.
This leaves only one option: Each time we bake, we grind grain to get the needed flour. If by chance a small amount of flour is left over, we store it in the freezer for the next time. Read More
One way to discourage people from baking with sourdough is as follows:
1. One makes acquisition, maintenance, and processing of the sourdough look like a time-consuming and convoluted process.
2. One admonishes the potential baker that sourdough starters must be fed every few days.
3. To top it off, one shows a picture of the starter that makes it look like some slimy beast kept in the lab, as in the photo on the left that we found on the Internet. Read More
This post tells you how to bake a variety of sourdough breads: rye-wheat bread (Graubrot), rye-wheat bread with whole rye grain (Schwarzbrot), rye-wheat rolls (Brötchen), and wheat bread (Weizenbrot).
If you haven’t done so yet, you may want to read the four preceding posts first. They give an overview of sourdough baking, tell where you can buy grains and flours; discuss the equipment you need for grinding grain, baking, and slicing bread; and describe how you can obtain and maintain the required sourdough starter. Read More
You can make your own custom labels free, displaying any text, even pictures, without use of a label maker. The labels have a waterproof surface, are self-adhesive, and stick to virtually any surface. The cost of each label is just a few cents. This post describes how to create such labels.
The photo shows a label we made three years ago for our airplane. It shows no sign of aging. In the meantime, we have become more adept at the process and produce a more accurate label boundary. We include the example since it is the oldest label we have made with the method described below. Read More
When we needed a sliding tray for a computer monitor but could not find such a tray on the Internet, we decided to design and build one ourselves. This post describes tells how you can build that sliding tray yourself.
The tray has the following features. First, ball bearings assure that the movement requires minimal effort. Second, when the second monitor is pulled forward, the shelf clears the desk surface by 1 in. Thus, the shelf moves above pencils, pens, erasers, notepads, even books of modest size. Read More
When you hook up two external displays to the out ports of a laptop, you will get the same image on each display. How can you hook up two external monitors so that they effectively become one single, very wide monitor, as shown in the photo?
This post describes a simple solution that achieves the desired effect for the Dell Precision 7710 laptop. Read More