The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts

newbe from MI

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newbe from MI

new to baking trying to expand my cooking skills lol mostly skilled in smoking of meats bbq and making my own hams and bacons looking forward to learning to bake  .


gonna need alot of help so be patient with my questions thanks in advance  

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Welcome and I tell you what, I'll move in next door. You just keep doing the meats, I'll do the baking and we'll share!!!


Look through the archives a lot of your questions have probably already been asked and answered. Lots of very valuable info in there.

Once again welcome it's good to have you here.

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Here are some tips I wish someone had told me long ago.  I wish I'd started using them when I first saw TFL:

1.)  Practice, practice, and practice some more.  Then report on your progress to us.  We love to read about other's experiences, good and bad.

2.)  Besides reading TFL regularly, watch all the videos as soon as possible.  They help with figuring out how to do certain things which words just don't help as much with.  Once you've watched them all, then you can go back to the ones which can help with a specific problem at a future date. 

3.)  I agree with the prior writer to you that, because lots of questions have been asked and answered many times over, it's often more efficient to use the search function than to ask a question.  

4.)  Consider buying a textbook of bread baking.  However good a cookbook may be, it's got no obligation to teach you from the ground up.  That's exactly what a textbook does.  That's not to say that I don't buy text books.  I do.  But had I known the value of textbooks, and had I had a good one for beginners (e.g., at this moment I recommend DiMuzio's Bread Baking to beginners because its cheap, short, and yet very thorough) 30 years ago, I'd be much better now than I am.

5.)  Learning any physical skill, whether dancing, carpentry, or bread baking, is enhanced by hands-on teaching by a more experienced person.  I love bread baking, but I'd never have learned what I know without the help I got from my mentors.  I recommend that you seek a local person who's got lots of bread baking experience, someone you enjoy being with, who can help you get your hands dirty learning the proper choreography, the proper textures and feels of various doughs, and more.  You can post your geographic area on this website and ask whether there's someone near to you who'd be willing to let you watch his/her work, see his/her moves, touch his/her doughs, talk to you about equipment, and so on.  If you cannot do this, look around for classes at schools in your local area. 

6.)  We all love this hobby and welcome you into it.