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I remember every Sunday my great-grandma would bake bread. She would use these loaves for meals throughout the week and give any leftover crumbs to the chickens. Nothing went to waste!

The mark of any successful homesteader is the ability to make a delicious, hot loaf of bread. Here’s how you can make your own with homestead-friendly ingredients, like whey.

Granny Mary’s Sunday Bread

Ingredients:

3 cups whey (you can use water or milk, but your bread won’t be as fluffy)
8 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter
2 servings packages of active dry yeast
5 to 7 cups of unbleached white flour
Cornmeal

Directions:

In a mixer with the dough hook attachment, add all of your yeast.

Heat the whey to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the whey with the yeast. Cover the mixture with a towel for ten minutes, or until the yeast froths.

Melt the butter, sugar, and salt. Mix.

Add 4 cups of flour. Mix.

Add more flour in 1/4 cup increments. Do this until the dough is slightly sticky but doesn’t stick to your hands.

Increase the speed on your mixer to knead the dough. Knead for five minutes, until the dough is shiny.

Grease a separate bowl with oil. Put the kneaded dough into the bowl, cover with a wet dish towel, and let rise for one hour.

After the dough has risen, punch it two or three times.

Lay out the dough on a floured area and shape it. I like to do a round loaf and a plaited loaf.

Place the dough on a pan lined with cornmeal. Cover with a towel and let rise another hour.

After the bread has risen, add any embellishments or an egg wash, if you’d like.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes. You’ll know the loaves are done when you knock on them and they sound hollow.

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The Beekeeper’s Suit Of Armor (A Simple Checklist)

Every beekeeper wears protective apparel while working with beehives. Some dress in head-to-toe protective clothing, whereas others are minimal. Whether you’re a professional or a novice safely is crucial, otherwise, you’ll get stung frequently. Not to mention, you may already know how painful bee stings are. At times, it can be life-threatening, especially to those who are allergic to bee venom. The best way to avoid bee stings and make your experience pleasant, you need to opt for a proper dress.

Hat and Veil

As a mainstay for every apiarist, veils come in different styles; ranging from round to fencing veils. No matter which one you choose, ensure you get one that offers convenient face protection along with comfort. As veils are made of wire mesh, most of them are lightweight and foldable. However, the round veils are often attached with sombrero; it does not bend easily. Remember that protecting your face is the foremost thing to prevent painful stings.

Jacket

Whenever you dress in heavy pants and boots, it’s fine to wear a jacket rather than dressing in coveralls. You’ll find most jackets incorporated with veils, however, only a few can be unzipped. Always choose one that is made with cotton or polyester textile and carries fencing veil. Furthermore, ensure that the jacket is – and should consist of elastic cuffs, high-quality zippers, and pockets. Not to say, this essential accessory is to protect your upper body.

Gloves

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, gloves are a must-have for you. While thicker gloves provide a higher level of protection, lighter ones allow you to handle a beehive easily. Depending on your comfort, you must choose gloves that are supple and but not cumbersome. Other than that, ensure that you pick extra-long gloves with elastic band cuffs so that there remains no space for bees to sting. Usually, beekeeping gloves are made from leather, plastic or rubber. So depending on your requirement, select a material accordingly.

Pants and Boots

Whenever you’re wearing a jacket and a veil, and not coveralls, it is a good idea to wear some heavy pants. Beekeeping pants usually come in two fabric materials- cotton, and nylon. Furthermore, your pants should consist of elastic bottoms to prevent any bees from sneaking inside. Avoid wearing tight pants and go for loose-fitting ones; never compromise on comfort and ergonomics. When it comes to footwear, always select long and sturdy boots such as wellingtons.

Final Word to Say

Despite the fact that there is a wide variety of beekeeping gear to choose from, you must select attire that provides you with protection and comfort. Keep in mind that bees are attracted to dark colors, so you should always consider cool colors. Do not wear protective clothing that has patterns, particularly floral designs. Besides that, avoid using fragrances, in fact, scented soaps, oils, and lotions can attract bees.


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