These are from the comments in the Daily Bread post.
Melanie, Elaine, and Robin asked about Lecithin. Lecithin is a soy product and helps the bread to rise and have a nice texture; I think. I really don’t know what it does. LOL All I can remember is that it helps the bread do better. I tried to research it and can’t find what I was looking for. Oh well. I do not always use it. I also don’t always use gluten, which helps the bread get fluffy. If you are using fresh milled whole grain flour, you really don’t need to add the gluten, because it is already in the grain.
Robin, you probably have winter white wheat. It is what you make bread with. There is also winter red wheat that has a nice nutty flavor, you also make bread with that. Soft wheat is for pastries, muffins, and good stuff like that. You can find some information on the different kinds of flours in my recipe section.
It is real easy to do a search for information on flours; lots of info. out there. 🙂 I buy my wheat from Breadbeckers. You should check in your area for a co-op that delivers to you.
You can use store bought whole wheat flour, but your breads will be heavy. You’ll have to adjust the amount of liquids or flour. A really good place to learn to make bread is at Wardeh’s place Such Treasures. You can find a list of her recipes here and an awesome bread tutorial here.
Real Food Living has a wonderful FAQ section with lots of information.
I am just a so-so bread baker, but Wardeh and Vickilynn of Real Food Living are the bomb of whole wheat bread baking. 😀
Now about the equipment. I
like love my kitchen equipment. 😀 I bought almost all of my equipment from Breadbeckers. The only think not working now is my breadmachine. I had it for five years I think. Something is wrong with the heating element. Ok, you didn’t ask that, but you got the information anyway. 🙂 My favorite place to buy kitchen equipment (if I needed any) is The Windy Hill Kitchen. I bought my dehydrator from her. Rachel is the owner and a very lovely Christian. Her prices are very fair and her customer service (which is herself) is wonderful. No complaints here.
Rachel also sells homemade soaps and her peppermint goats milk soap, smells good enough to eat. LOL That has nothing to do with bread, but your hands do get dirty when you make bread, so you’ll need a nice smelling soap to wash up with. 😀
I think I have answered everything and then some. If you have any more questions, just ask. 🙂