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?