June 16, 2012

Outdoor Bread Ovens, Flour, & Tepary Beans


Today, flour sacks going for $18.80 each on EBay,
good grief!
Only flour to use for so many
delicious baked goods
not the least of which
is fry bread!
But this post is not about
fry bread...

 Two bread ovens I visited at Hopi
Here is Dorothy's oven
placed on a hill
 These wonderful rectangular stones
form the walls of this oven.
Stones are used to build homes
and ovens.
 Imagine the aroma of baking bread
rising from this 'chimney'
Dark stained with smoke fire
 and baking bread.
 The oven door lying on the ground
ready for another batch of bread.
 Second oven at Hopi...
unfinished but still used to its fullest!
The baker says it will easily cook
30 loaves of bread...
the amount of Blue Bird Flour
in the largest sack!
My dream...to build my own
outside baking oven!
How to Build Your Own Outdoor Bread Oven
Kiko Denzer started making mud ovens in 1994, but also digs dirt for making walls, gardens, and other sculpture.  His books, Build Your Own Earth Oven and Dig Your Hands in the Dirt:  A Manual for Making ARt out of Earth travel a lot more than he does, so he has been in touch with a number of people who have used self-built earthen ovens to start small bakery and restaurant businesses.  (He recently completed his third small commercial oven for The Blue Goat restaurant in Amity, Oregon).  He uses a hybrid approach to maximize efficiency and minimize cost, and will discuss materials, techniques, advantages, and disadvantages of earthen ovens for micro-bakeries and small home businesses (including how to talk to the inspector about mud).

And, for a great event to attend
in September, 2012 to learn about 
the business of baking,building a business, and flour, the
Kneading Conference 
For now, I will settle with planting
Tepary Beans Phaseolus acutifolius.
I sprout these wonderful beans in wet
paper towels overnight
and there you see they are sprouting within
only 12 hours!! Amazing.
These seeds were brought to me from
in Tuscon, Arizona by a good friend, Natasha.
Follow my photos here showing how to grow these 
beans, originally collected from the
Shivwits Paiute Reservation in Utah.
The good news, they are drought tolerant!

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