Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our Daily Bread (Part II)

My first bread...
I started to make bread out of frustration. I couldn't find a fresh bread that was made out of flour, yeast, water and salt. Optional is a little sugar and oil. I was lost in the ingredients list of store bought bread.  I went on-line to find out what type of the ingredients are added in the bread making process.  

Just to name a few:

Azodicarbonamide - dough conditioner. Small detail - it is "banned from use in Europe because studies showed it could cause asthma or allergic reactions".
Monocalcium phosphate - "a leavening agent and preservative".
Calcium propionate - "a preservative that inhibits mold and bacterial growth. Considered safe, but in the early 1990′s it was linked to attention deficit disorder in children".
High-fructose corn syrup - no comments on that.
Mono and di-glycerides, ethoxylated mono and di-glycerides - who knows where this come from!
Read about The Top 20 Ingredients Used in Bread  here:

Some interesting information about bread ingredients is posted here:

And here is another one:

"Did you know that L-cysteine, a common dough conditioner, flavor enhancer in human and pet foods, and precursor in some dietary supplements, is most often derived from human hair or duck feathers, and to a lesser extent from pigs' bristles and hooves?"
Read more here:

I had enough. I rolled my sleeves, and went from the  research mode into the baking mode.
And my bread making journey began.

Next post - easy bread recipe, just like grandma use to make.

Until next time,
Cowboy Country Vegetarian

1 comment:

  1. Marina, please add the section called RECIPES to your blog! I am patiently waiting. Don't forget exact measurements...


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