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100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread

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I use lots of whole grain flours, as you can tell from many of my blog posts, but I still buy white bread from time to time. When I do buy white bread it is usually potato bread, I just love the soft texture and flavor. I found a few recipes on the internet and modified them to a potato bread recipe I like that uses 100% whole wheat flour, and it is now my favorite bread.

bread-with-butterThis was also a great recipe to break in the new WonderMix kitchen mixer, which I love especially for the price. I recently learned how to make butter from heavy cream in the mixer, which tasted awesome on the home made potato whole wheat bread.

Remember that fresh milled flour (milled within the last week) is the best for flavor, commercial whole wheat flour from the store will have a slightly bitter taste to it and less flavor.

100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread (WonderMix)
 
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makes 2 large loaves (9x5 bread pans) or 3 small loaves (8x4 bread pans).
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Recipe type: bread
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup instant potato flakes (loose, not packed)
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1½ cups hot water
  • ⅓ cup oil (i like avocado oil from Costco)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ Tablespoons yeast (or 4½ teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
Instructions
  1. Add potato flakes, liquids, oil, sugar, eggs, 2½ cups of whole wheat flour, and yeast to the mixing bowl and mix on speed 1 until just combined.
  2. Add 1 cup flour and pour salt on top of the flour.
  3. Turn mixer on to speed 1 and slowly add the remaining flour.
  4. Continue to mix on speed 1 for 7 minutes.
  5. Let rest dough for 30 seconds before removing.
  6. Place dough into a large oiled bowl, cover and let rise for 50 minutes.
  7. Place dough on a oiled counter top and punch down the dough.
  8. Cut dough in half (or 3rds if making 3 small loaves) and form into loaves.
  9. Place into oiled bread pans, cover and let rise for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Bake at 350° for 35-37 minutes (I usually go 36 minutes) until bread top is dark brown.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for 1-2 hours.
  12. Enjoy fresh bread, this is the most important step.

 

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(main photos were taken by Vanilla Tree Photography, my wife)

Pizza Stones

pizzacraft-pizza-stoneI own a very large, thick, and durable pizza stone made by Pizzacraft. It can be used in the kitchen oven or on your BBQ grill, not that my BBQ grill is large enough for my pizza stone but smaller sizes are available. This makes it very versatile if you need to use it for baking on your BBQ grill if you have to.

I will never buy a cheap or thin pizza stone again, they always end up cracking even under proper use. They just are not worth it. After going through a few cheap stones you would have saved money just getting a thick premium pizza stone.

Instead of using pizza peel and the cornmeal process to place the pizza on the stone, I use parchment paper and a flat edged cookie sheet. I roll out the dough on parchment paper that has been lightly oiled with olive oil, let it rise, top the pizza, slide the cookie sheet under the parchment paper, transfer it to the oven and slide the parchment paper with pizza off the cookie sheet onto the hot pizza stone, bake pizza, and finally slide the cookie sheet under the parchment paper to remove the pizza from the stone. This process works like a dream for me, anyone else use parchment paper for their pizza baking?

51tWcdxElTL[1]I have also seen a few steel pizza stones that look like they could a great option as well. They are said to be virtually indestructible and can double as a stove top grill or be used on the BBQ grill as well. I would love to try one, have any of you had experiences with a Baking Steel?

Tablets are Great for Preppers

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7inch

My Autistic son with our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7inch

My siblings and extended family have been using Kindles for a while now and we have borrowed them a few times, what a great way to read books. We recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7inch tablet this past CHRISTmas to aid our Autistic son’s learning experience, little did I know how much I would love using it too. I hardly turn on my laptop anymore for most things I used too because I like the tablet for most stuff, I might have to buy a second tablet so we don’t all have to share it anymore, plus our kids always want it when we are using it.

I recently read a forum post mentioning that a Kindle is great for a prepper because it holds plenty of books and data, is light weight, has a long battery life, and can be charged with a small USB solar charger (or other USB alternate power source). All these things make it great for a bugout bag or having at home. I found an article by M.D. Creekmore outlining what he likes about the Kindle that you might also find interesting. Personally, I like having a quality Android tablet over the Kindle family of tablets.

eBooks and PDF Documents

Kindles and Tablets can hold hundreds of books and documents that can be very useful in disaster like situations. I have found that there are plenty of PDF’s out there on the subject of prepping and survivalism that you can get for free or cheap, all of these can be downloaded to a Kindle or tablet to keep handy. I also think it would be nice to have something to read to pass the time if I were stranded for a long time like those of recent natural disasters, might keep me and my kids sane.

Recipes Archive

I have a huge pile of recipe cards and recipe print outs. I have started to put them on the tablet as PDF documents and this has been really nice. All of my recipes in one place and I can browse through them in a list, loving it. Plus, the tablet is small and easy to take on the go, so I can have my favorite recipes anywhere I am.

Games & Music

If you have kids, the stresses of a natural disaster can be very stressing on them. Having a few games on your tablet of Kindle Fire can help take their minds off what has happened and keep them more calm till things are more under control. This will also help you focus on disaster recovery instead of consoling you children too. You might even find me playing some of the games to pass the time. Music can also be soothing in a disaster.

GPS and Mapping

Not all tablets are GPS equipped but I would suggest getting one that is for compass, maps, route tracking, and other GPS abilities  None of the Kindles have GPS yet at the time of this article, hopefully this will change in the future. My Samsung tablet is GPS equiped and the cheap Lenovo tablet is also, if you wanted a cheap alternative.I really like the GPS Essentials free android app for most of my GPS needs.

Built-in Camera

Most tablets have a built-in camera and video camera which can also be nice in documenting things around you or actions of others. If your Tablet is GPS equipped  you can also have a record of the location of the photo too.

Great Apps for Android Tablets

Share your thoughts about tablets for preppers or your favorite Android prepper related apps with me.