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First loaf and what goes in when the bread comes out....

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agmss15

First loaf and what goes in when the bread comes out....

Hi all - I'm new here.  I just finished a mud oven.  I haven't done anything besides pitas and pizzas so far because I haven't figured a door yet.  But I hope to rig something up and try bread this weekend.  I also wanted to come up with some ideas about what to cook after I bake bread - someone in another forum suggested this site...  On the advice of my neighbor the mud oven expert my oven has a 5-6" insulation layer and will hopefully hold heat for a long time.  W/o a door it stays warm for 24-48 hours.  Any ideas are appreciated.

 

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Laurentius

After baking bread, you can cook anything that you want from roasts, stews, baked meats or vegetables. Since your oven is not insulated you might have to start a small fire to bring up the temperature. You can cook with a fire going or not,  its your choose. Think of it as an oven, nothing more, nothing less.

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agmss15

Thanks!  Actually my oven is very insulated - we put double the 3" that my neighbor used on his large oven.  Here in rural Maine - everything needs insulation!  Anyway I am just learning how to use the oven - but he was very happy at how hot it gets and how cool the outside stays.  

I have been having fun making versions of pita which is the first bread I made on my own as a kid.  I will try some roasted chicken and fall vegetables as soon as I rig up a door.  Right now we are using up all the shop space making some peels.  

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Laurentius

Don't let the lack of a door hinter your cooking. The door is  necessary in bread baking and slow cooking, it shouldn't stop you from doing any other cooking.

 

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agmss15

Thanks Laurentius -

Well my pitas and anything else are going to wait until morning.  Cooler weather/house = much longer rise.  I know that it will taste better but I was waiting impatiently all evening.  I guess tonight's firing will count as preheating for tomorrow am.

ps I had a ggg grandfather or uncle by the same name.