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Baking bread 
16th-Jan-2009 09:08 pm

Very good bread made with basic ingredients and a simple recipe. The ingredients cost about $2-4 with organic flour to make 3 loaves, which is still about 3 times cheaper than buying it in the store. And I like it much better than any bread I can find in any store or market (but maybe only because it's fresh).

Baking bread is especially efficient in the winter, where the heat from the oven isn't wasted.

It's not hard to make bread either, and slightly fun. I don't recommend a bread maker, because most people's I've heard from wrecks the bread about half the time. You only have to knead it for about 5-10 minutes anyway, which I don't consider much effort.
17th-Jan-2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Since when is cooking a meal lifehacking :P
17th-Jan-2009 03:05 am (UTC)
I've often found common ground between cooking and hacking. Haven't you? :p
17th-Jan-2009 03:58 am (UTC)
And, you warm yourself up in the winter by the work of kneading. Plus it's good for the muscles in your arms. I think you might just convert me to breadmaking.

Oh, and sometime you really should read Walden. There's this great bit in there about how using wood warms you up twice, because the chopping warms you up first. Wood heating may not be such a good idea now, but the principle that Henry David Thoreau found in the activity is cool.
17th-Jan-2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Wood heating might be worthwhile now. My mom has an efficient fireplace that re-burns the gases produced by the burning so you don't have to use nearly as much wood as usual. If you're heating a whole house with it, it might still be worse than a furnace, but if you only use the fire and stay near the fire where it's hotter, it might save resources. I haven't researched it or done a cost-benefit analysis so I don't know which is better.
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