Make your own bread

Make your own bread: a healthy diversion during quarantine

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Recently in the United States, so many people have started to make their own bread that many stores have run out of flour and yeast!

As an example, Mary Louise Kelly, 49, a correspondent for a major network in Washington, DC., says “I came home from work last week and I was feeling anxious and like everything was spinning out of control. It’s always a joy, when you do something abstract like broadcasting, to do something physical. It just seemed so wholesome. It felt like what we needed, all warm and golden, like this is a force for good in uncertain times.”

Making your own bread at home offers multiple health benefits, physical and mental.  Your bread will be fresh and probably healthier and tastier than what you buy in the store. It gives you a sense of accomplishment, that you have done something creative and good for yourself and your family. You labor ends in a tangible product. 

Kneading the dough gives your forearms a real workout, and once in the oven, the smell should make you happier. A big advantage of baking in general—even more true for bread— the entire process relieves stress, which is important for a good immune system. If you find that you like kneading, knead longer than the recipe recommends. 

Try to move to whole wheat

The healthiest breads are the whole-wheat varieties. If you already like that style, great. If you don’t, mix in some whole wheat flour with the white flour. Whole wheat bread has much more fiber than white bread, is more nutritious, and since it is a complex carbohydrate, it will not cause the sharp rise in your blood sugar like white bread. 

Where to find 

Pinterest is a good place to find recipes, or look for well-rated videos on YouTube, do a search on Google, or, if you are lucky enough, ask your mother. 

Awakens your creativity

During these somewhat depressing times, it’s good to keep our brains flexible and creative. Making bread gives you an infinite number of variations that make your bread unique. Here are some things you can add to the dough to make it more interesting: 

Herbs

Chia seeds

Flaxseeds

Raisins

Garlic

Grated cheese

Nuts

Dried Fruits

Olives

Sausage or dried meats

Use your imagination

Once your creation is done, keep it in an airtight plastic bag, away from heat and humidity. It is likely that you will eat it sooner, but it will last 2 to 3 days (unlike store bread, homemade bread lacks preservatives). Storing it in the refrigerator is not a good idea. 

Remember to experiment. At worst—if it doesn’t turn out right— it’s no disaster. Just adjust and try again. While you are making bread, maybe play music or sing. Whatever, have fun doing it, enjoy eating it, and challenge your creativity each time you make a new loaf!

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