Sunday, 19 June 2016

09:58 – We made up another batch of the no-knead bread dough this morning, and will bake two more 1-pound (454 g) loaves this afternoon, after it finishes rising two hours at room temperature and then two more hours in the refrigerator. The last time we used this recipe, we didn’t use bread pans. This time, we’re going to try it with our silicone bread pans. We both think this bread is better than commercial bakery bread, let alone supermarket bread.

My desk looks out over the back deck. When I look up, I see the satellite dish installed by the former owners. We’ll never have satellite TV here, and I’ve been thinking about converting that dish and mount to a parabolic solar oven. I’ll leave it where it is for now, but if we ever need it it would be quick and easy to repurpose it, just by covering the surface of the dish with aluminum foil.

Back to work filling and labeling bottles.

Monday, 13 June 2016

09:54 – We made dinner from long-term storage last night. Chicken Tetrazzini from Jan Jackson’s 100-day Pantry: 100 Quick and Easy Gourmet Meals. The recipe claims to serve eight. As a side dish, perhaps. Not as a main/only course.

So we doubled the recipe. There was enough for the two of us and enough left over for two more meals for the two of us, so I’d say the original recipe realistically serves three. The only ingredient we used that doesn’t realistically qualify as LTS was grated Parmesan cheese, and even it has a reasonable shelf life in the original container.

With the exception of the canned chicken, which had a best-by date in November of this year, everything we used was well past the best-by date. The condensed milk was labeled best-by September of 2014. I had Barbara sniff it, and she remarked that it just smelled like condensed milk. If it had been even slightly rancid, her nose would have detected it. My guess (based on past experience) is that it would have been just as good five or ten years past the best-by date.

I wondered about the Cheez-Whiz, but it was also fine, although it was well past the best-by date. Not that that matters. We could easily substitute cheese sauce reconstituted from Augason Farms Cheese Blend Power, which we keep in our LTS pantry.

Monday, 9 May 2016

09:39 – The King Arthur Flour No-Knead bread recipe I mentioned yesterday turned out very well. Far better than the earlier recipe from that we’d been using. That despite the facts that we used bread flour rather than the recommended all-purpose flour and that we made no adjustments for high altitude.

The loaves with made with the older recipe tasted fine, but they were very dense and damp. The loaves we made with the KAF recipe were light and dry, indiscernible from bread from a bakery. Barbara and I both liked the KAF loaves much better.