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Preservative For Gluten-free Bread


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#1 benzi

 
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 04:53 AM

Hi!

I manage to bake pretty decent gluten-free bread, but it only tastes good for the first 24 hours or so. Next day it can be freshened up by toasting it in the oven, but when another day has passed it can be thrown out.

Is there some preservative that can be added to the mix to make the bread stay fresh longer? They put preservatives in regular bread, so why not in our fake stuff?

Thanks!
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#2 bigapplekathleen

 
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 09:02 AM

I bake bread from scratch and then throw it in the freezer right away (usually already sliced)). Then it retains the same taste.
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#3 donnalois

 
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Posted 01 January 2004 - 04:02 PM

:D I add a teaspoon of vinegar to my bread. It then lasts in a wooden bread box at room temperature for up to four days (stored in a plastic bag of course). The wooden bread box storage seems to add two days to its life. Check your vinegar source though, I have read conflicting reports in the past as to which vinegars are gluten free and which are not. I use a distilled white vinegar.

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 11:43 AM

I thought that distilled white vinegar was distilled from wheat!!! you might want to check that out. I always use apple cider vinegar or wine vinegar or rice vinegar

As to keeping the bread from going bad. just give up and freeze it and plan to eat it toasted.. It taste better toasted anyway. I usually bake in smaller pans so that I can make several small loaves rather than one large one. It works better for me.
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#5 benzi

 
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 04:17 AM

Thanks, I already use a tablespoon of apple vinegar in the bread; it stil doesn't taste like much after a couple of days. And when I freeze it, it seems to lose its taste as well. I guess I'm stuck with toasting it....
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Posted 06 January 2004 - 03:44 PM

My post will do nothing to help out this discussion...but does anyone have good bread recipes to share. I've tried a few Bette Hagman recipes that are much better than the crap they sell in the stores...but does anyone have any better/different suggestions?


Thanks!

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 03:58 PM

Yes, I would like a good bread recipe too, don't have any xanthan gum however, and all recipes seem to call for it. We do have rice flour, potatoe flour and potatoe starch but that is it for now, made some bread out of those but it was heavy and wet.

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:12 PM

can anyone help with my bread problem? I make the Bette Hagman Featherlight mix, the bread is great , until I freeze it. I slice it when cooled and then freeze it. The next day a take out 2 slices for lunch but it is already starting to crumble.

Thanx Tracy
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Posted 07 January 2004 - 05:54 PM

Yes, I would like a good bread recipe too, don't have any xanthan gum however, and all recipes seem to call for it. We do have rice flour, potatoe flour and potatoe starch but that is it for now, made some bread out of those but it was heavy and wet.

Lisa

Hi Lisa,
I can really relate to your message as I did the same thing! I had Potato flour, soy flour, and rice flour-I good combination I Thought! I saw a recipe I wanted to try ( substituting what I had for what the recipe called for) and talk about wet and heavy!! I even baked it in the oven for an hour after taking it from the bread maker<grin>. It was still wet and heavy! Later I saw an explanation on this board that said we are supposed to BAKE bread with potato starch and use potato flour as a thickener, like when making gravy or sauces. I had purchased my exanthan gun by then, but like you, I only buy an item or 2 at a time. I still haven't bought the correct flours so I haven't made more bread but will someday. I do make a lot of cornbread and I use it for sandwiches because I fry it in an 8 in. skillet like a pancake. Then I spread it with p-nut butter and jelly and indulge!

I hope this helps, even if it's only to let you know that you are not the only one who likes to experiment with what you have! There are recipes on the old message board for bread and other things that we can still go to. I'm printing a few recipes from time to time so that I'll have them before they close our connection to it. HAPPY BAKING!!
Granny
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Posted 07 January 2004 - 06:01 PM

Thank Granny, your a doll!

I will go look up those posts on the old boards...great suggestion.

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 06:13 PM

can anyone help with my bread problem? I make the Bette Hagman Featherlight mix, the bread is great , until I freeze it. I slice it when cooled and then freeze it. The next day a take out 2 slices for lunch but it is already starting to crumble.

Thanx Tracy

Hi Tracy,
I don't know if this will help you as I've never frozen my bread, I just put it in like zip-lock bags and refrigerate it. I've also never made
GOOD light bread! But I do make a lot of cornbread, substituting rice flour for wheat flour. I fry this in an 8 IN. skillet like a pancake and use it for sandwiches.
It was always more crumbly than good cornbread but then it started to split like pita pocket bread and I was lost. Then I made bread and substitued potatoe flour for what the recipe called for--it was wet and very heavy and I saw the message here that stated that we should use potato starch for our bread, not potato flour.
This got me to thinking and I added some potato flour to the cornbread, just a little, and IT WORKED! My cornbread was moist, not wet, and did not crumble any more! I was thrilled!!

I guess we'll all just keep asking for help and trying our wings. Others have more experience and knowledge and probably better suggestions but I just wanted to share my experience with you. Granny
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Posted 10 January 2004 - 02:08 PM

Has anyone else tried Hagman's recipe for tapioca bread? I have been baking this one for the past month and my family loves it. However I don't make loaves out of it, I make buns with English muffin rings and hot dog buns out of small foil loaf pans. Then I freeze them and they stay really nice after thawing and toast up just like regular toast, which my family likes. We use them for sandwiches and they don't fall apart at all. Surprize-surprize. :rolleyes: Shirley
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Posted 10 January 2004 - 05:22 PM

Has anyone else tried Hagman's recipe for tapioca bread?

Shirley, Would you mind sharing this recipe? I'd love to have it. Also is tapioca flour and tapioca starch the same thing. I found the starch today but not the flour and employee there said it's the same, but I'd prefer your opinion.
Thanks, Granny
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Posted 10 January 2004 - 08:34 PM

I read somewhere that you can omit the xanthan gum and I tried it & it worked! I was very happy about this since I couldn't stand the smell of my bread with it, it has a chemical smell that no one else in my family could smell but it would turn me off from wanting to eat it. I don't notice the difference in the consistancy once it is baked but during mixing seems too wet. I tried it using 2 different bread machines. Hope this info. helps someone & their wallet!
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Posted 10 January 2004 - 08:40 PM

for a preservative try using vitamin c powder, I've never tried it so I don't know how much to tell you to use, but I'm sure they could give you an idea at the health food store. good luck
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