|Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 11:33 am: || |
Is rapid rise yeast REALLY worse than regular yeast?
My bread machine can do a quick loaf in 2 hours 8 minutes, but the regular cycle is more like 3 hours 40 minutes.
Who can wait that long?
BTW, the 2 stores I check only sold Fleishmans. I heard others redistar.
Is there really a difference?
|Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 2:01 pm: || |
BTW, just came back from Whole Foods. They sell the Red Star yeast.
The Red Star active Dry yeast lists only "yeast" as the ingredient.
The Fleischmann's RapidRise Yeast lists yeast AND "ascorbic acid"
|Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 7:17 pm: || |
I know most people here use dry active yeast due to so many people having success with it.
Rapid Rise yeast is more processed and poses a greater risk for a reaction. You'll have to make the call yourself on what you think will be best for your body and your sensitivity level.
Your comment about 3 hours 40 minutes being too long made me chuckle. Some of my favorite bread recipes take 24 hours so a recipe taking less than 4 hours seems pretty quick to me.
|Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:45 am: || |
I think I'll just budget my time better, and plan, and use the 3 hour 40 minute cycle.
It's been 6 months since I had a very bad skin reaction to what I ate, and this time is very unpleasant.
I'll use the safer yeast going forward, though I don't think it was caused by bread or yeast.
Every little bit helps,
|Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:41 pm: || |
I think all of us here spend a lot of time cutting loaves of bread. I've tried several bread knifes and have been struggling to find a knife with a good edge, isn't too expensive but makes the bread slicing process a little quicker.
I recently bought this offset bread knife and LOVE it. I get perfect, even slices and it is so comfortable. I can slice 4 loaves of bread in a row without my arm and wrist getting tired. Because the knife is offset, your knuckles never hit the cutting board which is nice.
I bought it locally for $15.00, it looks like Amazon sells it for $15.00 as well but charges for shipping:
|Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 - 3:55 pm: || |
Emily I can see that I will be adding to my kitchen equipment again. I can use a good knife for bread as well. I do have a great set of knives, but the bread ones are tricky. I got a chef's knife and a couple of paring knives from Pampered chef that are my favorites. I have been lusting after a really heavy fry pan now like the cast iron coated with enamel ones that I use for everything. I used to like clothes and jewelry, now I shop the kitchen cookware and stuff aisle. Mariann
|Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 - 3:57 pm: || |
Mike I only use Red Star and Fleishmans plain yeast I think I was reacting to the fast one. I can eat bread again, but not too often for safety sake. Mariann
|Posted on Friday, December 18, 2009 - 7:52 pm: || |
I love my Wusthof chef's knife and have a Wusthof paring knife waiting for me under the Christmas tree. I didn't want to spend too much on a bread knife as they are so hard to sharpen but I have loved this $15.00 model. Plus it's cheap enough I can replace it every few years.
I'm the same as you in lusting after kitchen gadgets to help make prep work faster in the kitchen. My Bosch is by far my favorite, then my All Clad pans and third my knives. It took me 2 years to get the courage to spend that chunk of changes on a saute pan but it has been worth every penny.
I've looked into the coated cast iron pans and they look amazing. You'll have to let me know if you get one.
|Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 2:41 pm: || |
I absolutely love my coated cast iron large stock pot and the smaller one. I think they make the best rice and all the grains and beans come out great in them. The down side is that they are soooo heavy. We had one by one replaced our old pans with Cuisinart and I like them a lot, but the gorgeous and useful cast iron works really well. Thank goodness my husband is a kitchen gadget fan too. We are dangerous in the discount home goods stores. I hope he paid really good attention to my commercial messages about the cast large skillet. Have a great holiday and enjoy your cooking. You have helped me with so much, thanks a bunch. I pay very careful attention to eating within a shorter period of time now. You mentioned that you and your husband do that. I think it helps me. Now I don't go out without food "just in case" and I have my emergency box in the back of the car. Mariann
|Posted on Monday, December 21, 2009 - 8:40 am: || |
That's great news Mariann! I'm glad to hear my random ramblings have helped. I'll add a coated cast iron pan to my wish list.
Next on my list are chair pads for our wooden dining room table chairs. Because we spend SO much time in the kitchen, someone in the family is always sitting at the table visiting while we are cooking but they aren't very comfortable. Not sure why I didn't think of chair pads before but I'm so excited for a little extra padding!
I bought some great foam and decorator fabric for a total of $38.00. It's enough for 4 chair pads, 3 window curtains and a little extra to make a table runner. A complete face lift for our kitchen for $38! I'm in heaven!
|Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 12:44 pm: || |
Merry Christmas to you as well. You saved yourself a ton Emily. I had a drapery business for 25 years and it is expensive to have those things made. I was much lower than the decoraters, but it still was a lot more than you are spending and you will feel so good every time you look at them. I started making things for my kids to wear and for our home because we didn't have much money. People started asking me to make them things and one thing led to another. It was a very successful business so keep your eyes out you may be starting something that can be very lucerative. Mariann
|Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 6:25 pm: || |
Thanks for the advice Mariann. My mom is an amazing seamstress. Growing up she would tell me (while I was rolling my eyes) if I could just learn how to sew curtains, then I would save so much money. After I moved out and got married I finally took her advice and learned how to sew. I'm not anywhere close to her skill level and yours but I am grateful that I can sew basic things.
That's great it turned into such a great business for you! I enjoy reading your posts here on this forum and I'm grateful for your comments. Thanks, Emily
|Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 7:00 pm: || |
I was reading all the above recent posts and I just mentioned to Mike how happy I am feeling, seeing how much you wonderful people know and how you are sharing it with each other and everyone needing assistance. This board is a true godsend to so many people we are not even aware of...people who email all the time thanking us for our site and board. My thanks again to all of you good souls...for all you do to help me and others.
|Posted on Friday, December 25, 2009 - 5:44 pm: || |
Emily you story is much the same as mine. My Mom was a great seamstress, she used to take still good coats that people gave her and made us snow suits. I started out slow and it just kept getting better. You have her genes so the chances are good that you will be good too. Hope your Christmas was a happy one. We are winding down after two whirlwind wonderful days. Deb A. You have started a remarkable site we are all so grateful to you and Mike for doing this and for all the original posters and the ones that add on daily. God Bless and a Happy healthy New Year to all. BTW I made it through 2 food filled days and I am still standing, Yipppeeee Mariann