20kg of organic, unbleached plain flour & a barrel11

Posted on May 28, 2013 by ChristieNorthern Rivers Stories

I bought three exciting things on the weekend; 20kg of organic flour, a barrel to store it in and a butter dish for REAL butter to soften at room temperature on my kitchen bench.

Why?

Because I have stopped buying bread. I now make my own. Excitement!

It’s not just any old bread either. It’s NO KNEAD homemade bread from scratch. No machine, no kneading, no fuss. Seriously.

Tomorrow I will reveal the recipe (update: here it is) and treat you to a step by step photo tutorial on how to make this awesome bread. It takes no time to put together and there’s a seriously clever trick to baking it that I can’t wait to share.

Oh, you might be wondering where I got that sack of flour and barrel? If so, the answer is the Bulk Foods Store in Lismore. That place is like a candy shop for me.

Big tubs of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, cacao, agave, tahini, honey and more. You simply fill up your containers or bags and then get them weighed. No excess packaging, low co-op prices and a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

They sold the barrel to me at cost price for $40 and the 20kg sack of organic unbleached white plain flour for $63.95 (20% discount from $79.95 because I bought the bag unopened).

I’m not exactly sure how many loaves I will get out of it, but approximately 60-70, I think. I’ve started counting, so will have to update you later. If you consider buying a fancy loaf at a bakery costs around $8 (and the expensive supermarket loaves are around $6) then that’s a lot of saved money! And no crap in my bread.

Since I’ve made around 4 loaves already I have been only eating real butter with it. Only seems fair, right? So I bought myself a butter dish for the kitchen bench to keep it nice and spreadable. $13 worth of pure happiness.

My favourite at the moment from the supermarket is Harmonie Organic, but I have been hunting around for a local butter. If anyone knows of a dairy in the Northern Rivers who makes butter – hook me up! If I was in Sydney it would be Pepe Saya all the way, but hey, my city living days are over.

Woud you consider making your own bread if it was really, really easy? See you here tomorrow for the bread making tutorial!

Christie x
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