The Cereals...i.e. how we make such delicious bread!

The Cereals...i.e. how we make such delicious bread!

Homemade Bread Day is nationally celebrated on November 17.  To celebrate, I’m going to run you through a quick natural history of bread!  For thousands of years, baking fresh bread was part of people’s daily routines.  Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods dating back to the Neolithic era.  

Bread bakers!

Bread bakers!

 

The Neolithic era was when people switched from nomadic hunter-gatherers and pastoralists to farmers.  This greatly encouraged settlement growth, increasing the need to tend crops, which required localized dwellings that led to farming towns, larger cities, and domesticated animals.  By living in permanent or seasonally inhabited settlements, they produced surplus crops.  These extra crops could be stored for use during lean seasons or traded for luxury items.

Neolithic farming

Neolithic farming

Agrarian societies proved successful.  Societies were able to expand their territories.  Farming was limited to a narrow range of plants such as wheat, millet, and spelt.  This was a significant shift from a varied diet to reliance on starch and plant protein.  Did you know colloquially bread is known as the “staff of life?”  Well it is!  Which just proves how important bread has been in cultural progress.

Let’s jump forward 30,000 years….

Chorleywood Breadmaking Process...simplified!

Chorleywood Breadmaking Process...simplified!

...to 1961 when the Chorleywood bread process was developed.  This process involves an intense mechanical working of the dough to dramatically reduce the fermentation period and the time taken to make a loaf.  Normally, this is what factories use to mass produce bread.  Cheap and quick, just like Americans like.  I mean, we can’t be bothered to make our own bread…._53268757_breadmaking

...Enter the breadmaking machine.  Breadmakers were invented in 1986 in Japan and the popularity caught on worldwide.  Breadmakers and appliances have taken almost all the effort out of baking, yet no one makes their own bread.  It’s truly a shame.  Home baked bread is not only healthier, the smell of baking bread is magical, and the quality is undisputed.  It is higher in fiber, lower in salt and additives, and all recipes can be modified to suit one’s preferences.

The bread overlords will take over! With their delicious gluten!

The bread overlords will take over if you don't start making your own bread! With their delicious gluten!

So go forth!  Bake some bread!  

We sell these! Show the world how much you love bread! And how unafraid of gluten you are!

We sell these! Show the world how much you love bread! And how unafraid of gluten you are!

Bread is even sexier when you bake it yourself!

Bread is even sexier when you bake it yourself!

So, what do you think?