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Gluten-free flour alternatives:
The best way to keep homemade bread fresh is to bake it, let it cool, then place it in the freezer.
The reason why we need to put it in the freezer is that the moment we take the bread out of the oven it starts to lose its moisture.
Starch retrogradation is the chemical reaction that changes the structure of starch molecules and forces water out of the bread.
The Maillard Reaction is the name of the chemical reaction that happens between amino acids and sugars. This chemical reaction also requires moisture and heat in order to happen.
The brown crusty top is the result of the chemical reaction stated above. If you want your bread to have it you can do either of the two:
Once your dough has doubled its size, press the dough with your finger -- if it bounces back then that means it is ready to be baked. Anything otherwise means that it needs more time to be proved.
Proving activates the yeast in the dough. You don't need proving cupboards in order to perfect making bread.
Although cupboards provide constant temperature and humidity, they can be done just by covering your dough with a tea towel. It is also possible to cold prove the dough at room temperature or you can leave your dough in a warm oven.
When you put salt in the dough that has yeast in it, it absorbs moisture that aids in controlling the fermentation process.
The reason why salt does that is that salt is hygroscopic so it attracts water.
Bakers use one species of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae that means "sugar-eating fungi."
Yeasts are single-celled organisms that help make the bread light and bubbly.
Bread connoisseurs prefer live yeast but dry yeast has a longer shelf life. If you're open to a yeast recommendation, instant yeast is the way to go. It's way dehydrated than dry yeast and it works on the bread quicker and has a longer shelf life than the already dry yeast.
Kneading your dough lines up the messy strands of gluten and makes your bread stronger.
If you don't want heavy and dense bread, make sure to use strong flour. Strong flour has high amounts of protein in which contains glutenin and glian that makes gluten when water is added into the mix.
The gluten gives it its elasticity and enables the dough to rise with a good structure.
Archeological artifacts that are discovered many years ago prove to us that bread has and always will be comfort food to most of us.
Natufian hunter-gatherers were making flatbreads from wild cereals from over 12,000 years ago but it's possible that baking could have started even earlier.
The inner voice can keep us trapped in a hell of our own making. But it can also be one of our greatest strengths - if we can control it.
From time to time, we are all fixated on something that happened. We voice in out heads replay it over and over in our heads. I shouldn't have snapped at Dad when he is always so patient with me. We ruminate, we worry, we catastrophize.
There is a difference between a normal stream of consciousness and going into a chatter spiral.
When you find yourself rehearsing the same thing repeatedly without trying to come up with an objective solution, and the negative thoughts start to prevent you from doing other things, you are experiencing chatter.
There are many different types of avocados but these two are especially important due to the competition that arose between them.
Their differences are:
Other variants of avocados tried to enter into the market as well such as the Gwen avocado, but they had entered the market too late.
The ever growing avocado craze is continually causing a detrimental impact to the environment due to deforestation and the displacement of avocado seeds instead of the variant that should've been found in the locality.
The average adult spends 36 % (or about one-third) of his or her life asleep.
Purpose of Sleep:
The first purpose of sleep is restoration.
Every day, your brain accumulates metabolic waste as it goes about its normal neural activities. Sleeping restores the brains healthy condition by removing these waste products. Accumulation of these waste products has been linked to many brain-related disorders.
The second purpose of sleep is memory consolidation.
Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation, which is responsible for your long term memories. Insufficient or fragmented sleep can hamper your ability to remember facts and feelings/emotions.
When we sleep 5.5 hours per night instead of 8.5 hours per night (recommended is 8 hours), we tend to burn more energy using carbs and protein, instead of fat. This can result in fat gain and muscle loss. Also, insufficient sleep or abnormal sleep cycles can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Cumulative stress takes place when the inputs in our body like nutrition, sleep and other forms of recovery are not able to fulfill the drainers, like exercise, stress, and other forms of things that take away our energy.
The quality of your sleep is determined by a process called the sleep-wake cycle. This cycle is dictated by your circadian rhythm.
There are two important parts of the sleep-wake cycle:
It is impacted by three main factors:
Also, consider these sleep aids: exercise (it will make it easier for your brain and body to power down at night), temperature (the ideal range is usually between 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit/18 to 21 degrees Celsius) and sound (a quiet space is key for good sleep).
When choosing your bedtime, try not to fight your physiology. The best bedtime will differ a little bit for everyone, but it's crucial that you pay close attention to your internal clock and what your body is telling you. As long as you're getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep, just focus on finding the time that works best for you.