It's a great feeling using my grandmother's bowls
I wonder if anyone else has the pleasure of using legacy "equipment" like my grandmother's bowls. I never knew her, I just knew family lore of her. She was supposedly a remarkable woman who provided bread and bakery and other talents to her family of 12 kids. Every time I use the bowls (every weekend)I think of how she must have put up a sponge and the number of loaves she must hve produced. She was born in 1884 and died in 1950 so we are talking a time when a lot of our modern conveniences were not even invented. I wish I had her breadmixer but it disappeared long ago.I did see it earlier in life-it was a large pot with a built in crank handle.She must have been a strong woman.
Actually she was the reason I started my breadmaking journey a few years ago.I wanted to know how to bake bread before there was commercial yeast because, I'm sure, that is how she started.When it came out, cake yeast was very expensive and not readily available.She would not have been able to afford it. I'm sure she had her starter bubbling away next to the barrels of saurkraut in the basement boiler.
An interesting thing is that I thought my mom had learned how to make bread from her mother but she was the youngest and actually did not have the benefit of a lot of her mom's teaching.So a lot of what my mom taught me about bread making I actually had to unlearn. Except kneading-I can turn a good dough!
So does anyone else use equipment that triggers happy memories? Recipes?