Solar ground and baked whole wheat bread.

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How to make solar bread.

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Here's how I make my whole wheat bread. It's a quite a bit heavier than most breads, so often I add a few cups of regular white flour to help it rise more.  But here is the basic recipe for just whole wheat.
First I grind the hard red winter wheatberries in my solar grain grinder.

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This grinder I adapted from a standard Jupiter electric grinder, and along with a 45Watt solar panel, an old 24V slot machine motor, and a hand made adpater, the unit will put out enough flour in a sunny afternoon to make at least 3 good loaves.  Since the motor is rated at 24V, it will run all day on the 12V from the panel, and does not overheat.  Trying this on 24V will shorten the life of the motor when run for several hours at a time. Also, running at 12V is slow, so the grains do not heat up when grinding unlike some other more modern methods. I will be glad to do a post on how to build this if there is interest.
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betterways1 year ago
Could you make an instructible for connecting solar power to your grinder and other equipment?
cobergland (author)  betterways1 year ago
@ betterways, yes I would be glad to. Give me a couple of days. Thank you.
joen1 year ago
Yes! Fresh Ground - Fresh Baked whole wheat bread does taste better than store bought. When I used to make bread, I used honey instead of sugar and added a little powdered milk to give it a little better color. A pat of butter on a whole wheat bread toast is a real taste of heaven.

I noticed that you said that the bread sometimes falls. When I first started, it did the same. However I learned that if I shortened the last rise (the last one in the pan before you put it in the oven) it would rise correctly in the oven. My guess (and it's only a guess) is that when it doubles in size it uses up all of it's elasticity so that when it is in the oven the steam blows out the bubbles in the bread so that it collapses.

It's more than worth the effort.

Where did my bread pans go? Hmmm...
cobergland (author)  joen1 year ago
Thanks Joen,
Don't know if my reply got posted or not, but thank you for the good idea of a shorter last rise time. Will try that!
Nothing nicer than buttered whole wheat toast with a poached egg on it and some tabasco sauce....
mguer1331 year ago
thanks, great idea!
Awesome! Sounds like some great bread and a great way to cook it :)
rimar20001 year ago
Good recipe, thanks for sharing.