The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

Hello from Northern Cal......

Pigzzilla's picture

Hello from Northern Cal......

I love to bake bread. I finally upgraded from plain old white back in the 70's, to whole wheat to multi-grain and recently to artisian type breads. I have a Wonder Mill to grind my flour and a Kitchen Aid 6 qt for the days I don't feel like doing all the kneading.

I also am an avid canner. Last year over 1500 jars of goodness. Nothing better than home grown and processed strawberry jam on home made bread!


golfermd's picture

Welcome to the forum. Lots of great people and information here. Sounds like you are much further along than myself. I don't have the resources here in the burbs to do any canning, nor the inclination to do so. However, growing up poor in a small town in Michigan I have some fond memories of helping my mother can all sorts of veggies.


hanseata's picture

Jams are the only preserves I do. But homemade strawberry or blueberry jam taste so much better than store bought one (I always reduce the sugar and add some lemon juice). Here, also, a lot of rosa rugosas are growing along the shore path, they make wonderful rose hip jam.

Welcome to TFL,

Karin (from Maine - originally Hamburg, Germany)

joyfulbaker's picture

Welcome to TFL.  This is a wonderful site and a great place to give and receive.  Glad you're enjoying artisan bread baking.  It is so rewarding.

Joy (from Santa Rosa)

ehanner's picture

Welcome to the site. Wow, 1500 jars of anything canned sounds like a commercial operation.


Pigzzilla's picture
  1. Thanks to all for the warm welcome. No, Eric, I'm not a commercial op. Just a wife with a large garden, 5 "grown" kids, and a Hubby working out of town last summer! The kids all think Moms pantry is the grocery store. But #1 and #2 sons help with the garden, and #2 son is a great canning help. And as long as they return the empty jars, I'm happy.
  2. Pigz