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Neutron Boy's picture
Neutron Boy

New Member

Hello all,

As the title of this post says, I am a new member to this forum.  I am from Long Island, New York - you know - where the Hamptons are.  Seriously, I stay away from there.

I am excited about baking my own bread and am learning as I go along.  I have made a Challah bread that turned out awesome (I think so) and a few Boulle loaves.  I have picked the Hertzberg/Francois books and am just starting to get into them.  I started doing this on a whim about two weeks ago when I saw one of the books in Costco.  I had been using a bread machine a few years back, but it didnt do much for me as the loaves all looked the same and somewhat manufactured.  Now baking on a stone and it's a whole new world!

I am coming to the realization that the little jars of yeast and 5# bags of flour that you get at the supermarket areway too expensive and I am exploring alternatives. I just ordered 4# of yeast from Amazon last night for about $6 but I haven't found any viable deals for flour yet.  I did find 50# bags of flour for about $16 online, but you have to buy in quantity - maybe 50 bags?  Even I cannot use that much!!!

I am looking forward to learning new things to keep this alive for me.  But for the moment, Boulle loaves are fun and they dont last more than 3 - 4 hours in the house before being eaten up.

richkaimd's picture

Welcome aboard!

Some suggestions, learned over time, from baking and reading TFL:

1.)  Read TRL regularly

2.)  Practice, practice, practice!  Then tell us of your successes and failures.  We can all learn that way.

3.)  Watch all the TFL videos.  Then maybe watch them again.  Then watch them when they come to mind because of a bread you're making. 

4.)  When you come up with a question, use the Search function (upper left of every page) to find an answer before you post your question.  You may find lots of answers there without having to wait.  And so many questions have been asked and answered that it's likely that yours has been too.

5.)  Consider buying a text book to learn from.  Cook books aren't so good at taking a newbie from the ground up.  I recommend Dimuzio's Bread Baking.  It's short, cheap (try Alibris), and definitely meant for a serious beginner.

6.)  Use TFL to find a local experienced home baker who can show you some moves.

chickadee3's picture
chickadee3 (not verified)

Welcome!  I too am a newbie to the site...been seriously learning to bake bread for the past three years or so.  I would suggest looking for a restaurant supply store like URM Cash and Carry to buy flour.  I get mine at that store--1 50lb bag of flour costs about $19.  : D   Also, the particular store I mentioned is open to the public---you do not have to have a  business liscense to shop there.  (they also have the BEST price on least in my local area)

Definitely look for alternatives to the "one time a year" 5 lb bags of flour from the grocery store--too expensive!

Happy baking!

Neutron Boy's picture
Neutron Boy

Thanks Chickadee,


I will look for similar deals.  Unfortunately, URM Cash and Carry seems to be a west coast operation.  thanks!