by Texas Homesteader ~
I bake LOTS of homemade bread whether in the oven or using a bread maker. But I’ve incorporated many bread-making shortcuts so I’m not starting over every day. This speeds along my bread baking day with less effort. Come see my shortcut tips!
But I’m trying to find shortcuts so that I’m not starting over every time. I needed some real time savers.
Although baking bread is easy it seems between pulling out ingredients & bowls, measuring cups & spoons I’m spending way too much time in preparation. And too much time with cleanup too.
Weighing The Flour Instead
When measuring flour to make homemade bread, you can’t just scoop the flour into the cup & level it off. To measure this way compacts the flour. It’s almost certain to result in too much flour measured, resulting in a heavy dense loaf.
To measure flour properly for bread baking you need to spoon the flour into the measuring cup, then scrape the excess away with the flat edge of a butter knife. But ug, measuring this way can be messy and it takes more time.
To simplify, I’ve measured and weighed the various flours I use in my bread. Then I made notes on my recipe card of the weights to go with the cup measurements.
This is one of my most beneficial shortcuts. Weighing the flour instead of using a measuring cup is much faster!
Now when I’m measuring flour for my homemade bread I just place my empty container on my digital kitchen scale and tare the weight back down to zero. Then I dump in the flour in until it weighs what I’ve noted on my recipe.
I’ve heard that the weight of your flour could vary based on type, and even the humidity in your area.
Although this is probably only an estimate, here’s a link from King Arthur Flour that gives estimated weights of a cup of flour.
Make Pre-Measured Ingredient Packets
This is my favorite of bread-making shortcuts. Since measuring the flour is so much quicker, why not make up several packets of your dry bread ingredients? It’s like your own convenience mix.
I use a bread machine during the hot summer months so I can place the bread maker outside on our covered patio. That keeps the baking heat outside instead of inside the house.
But whether using a bread machine or making bread the old fashioned way, using pre-measured dry ingredients is a shortcut that significantly shortens my bread-baking tasks.
I just weigh out my various flours, salt, etc needed in my bread recipe and make several pre-measured packets at one time.
Canning Jar Update: I wanted to use repurposed and nearly infinitely reusable canning jars to hold my bread-making dry ingredients. But even the quart jars were just not big enough to hold it all.
But then I found that by using wide-mouth quarts instead of regular mouth quarts, I got just enough extra room to be able to fit everything into a jar. Perfect!
I like using the quart jars much better than using plastic zip bags. I simply fill about 6-8 wide-mouth quart jars with my dry ingredients and store them in my pantry. It’s my own super-cheap convenience item!
If I’m baking my homemade bread in the oven instead of a bread machine, I have a list printed and placed along with my bread-baking ingredients. This list contains specific utensils, which measuring spoons I’ll need, my rolling pin, bread pans etc. that I’ll need to bake the bread.
By consulting this list & bringing out each item I’ll be using, I have everything I’ll need at my fingertips before I even start!
I’ve found this streamlines the whole task since I don’t have to stop in the middle of my recipe & dig out a measuring spoon or rubber spatula.
Fill Up That Oven!
My bread recipe makes two loaves, but my oven will comfortably fit 3 bread pans. Why not go ahead & fill up that oven? Instead of only baking 2 loaves, I should fill up the oven & bake 3!
So I calculated 1.5 times my bread recipe to turn it from 2 loaves to 3. I was sure to document the correct measurements for 3 loaves in my recipe, and now it’s the quantity I’m always baking.
Three loaves for the work of 2? Yes please! I place the other loaves in the freezer so they’ll be ready for RancherMan when he needs them.
Update: Most days I’m making full use of a gifted bread machine to make a 2-Lb Loaf Of Honey/Oat Sandwich Bread. Everything is now EVEN EASIER!
Clean Up Along The Way
When I start making bread, I first fill a tub with hot soapy water. I fill another tub with clean rinse water. Then I place the draining rack in the other side of the sink.
As I complete each task I drop the preparation utensil into the soapy water to soak. Then while my KitchenAid is mixing or the bread is rising I’ll wash and rinse those prep dishes and drop them in the draining rack.
Since dishes are washed up along the way, nothing gets dried-on hard, which would make cleaning up even more unpleasant.
And since there are lots of idle times when making homemade bread such as when the bread is rising, I can use those minutes to wash or put away that round of utensils. That way there’s no drudgery of washing up and putting away a sink full of dishes after the bread-baking is done.
Use those work-saving shortcuts, y’all. Work smarter, not harder is what I always say…
Other Favorite Breads
- Soft Sandwich Bread
- Oatmeal Sandwich Bread
- Making Pre-Mix Bread Ingredient Packets
- Bread Machine Recipe: Honey Oatmeal Bread
- Making My Own Oat Flour For CHEAP
- No-Knead Rosemary Skillet Bread
- No-Knead Boule Bread
- Jalapeno/cheese Yeast Bread
- Easiest Honey/Oat Hamburger Buns
- Jalapeno/Cheese/Beer Hamburger Buns
- Basic Beer Bread
- Rosemary/Cheddar Beer Bread
- Pesto Beer Bread
- Homemade Country-Style Buttermilk Biscuits
- Mix-n-Bake Cheddar Biscuits
- Leftover Biscuit Dough Cinnamon Rolls!
- Snappy Jalapeno/Cheese Biscuits
- Jalapeno Cornbread
- Corn Dodgers – A Delicious Accident
- Mix-n-Pour Tortillas
- Easy Corn Tortillas
- Sweet Pumpkin Bread
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- My Favorite Bread-Making Kitchen Feature
- Homemade Bread-Making Shortcuts, Tips & Tricks
- Make Self-Rising Flour From All-Purpose Flour
- Our Favorite Bread Recipes, All In One Post
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