Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Baking Bread and Going Shopping

In my quest to eat as close to the source of my food and to eat as clean (sustainable, plant-based, healthy, and environmentally friendly) as possible, my kitchen has undergone significant transformation over the past few years (pictures coming). I've added small appliances like my prized Vita-mix to help with daily smoothies, weekly batches of hummus, seasonal pestos and dressings, blended soups, and homemade nut butters and flour as well as a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer to make grating, shredding, slicing, and baking easier. I bought myself a pressure cooker so I could start pressure-canning and stop buying canned beans that come with BPA, added salt, and the additional greenhouses gasses caused by trucking heavy cans across the country. And after reading Animal Vegetable Miracle last year, I set my eye on a breadmaker. Grocery store bread leaves so much to be desired and loaves bought at the farmers market or the local bakery cost up to $6 each. My mom and my sister chipped in to get me a breadmaker for my birthday at the beginning of the summer and, just like all the other kitchen tools mentioned above, it has helped me get closer to my food. While these large investments of money and time may seem extreme, I know that I'll save money over the long run by cooking beans and bread from scratch. I'll be doing more for my health and for the environment, too.

With a busy schedule and my obsession with comparison shopping to find the best value, I've found myself turning to Amazon more than ever these days. Here are some of my favorite Amazon finds to help you stock your clean kitchen and below, you'll find today's shopping list.

When it comes to stocking my shelves, I've had to buy a lot of ingredients I've barely heard of to prepare new foods I've never cooked before. Terry Walters' Clean Food and Clean Start books have been helpful when it comes to crafting shopping lists to stock my clean pantry. On the other hand, I've spent hours paging through the recipes from the whole grain bread cookbook I bought and still find myself trying to bake loaves of bread only to discover that I'm missing one or two key ingredients (buckwheat flour, anyone?).

This week's grocery list (bear in mind, my garden is yielding tons of fresh produce this time of year, hence the lack of veggies!):
  • canola oil
  • buckwheat flour
  • 8 grain flour
  • 3 grain cereal (red river brand)
  • masa harina
  • teff and teff flour
  • nondairy milk (almond, rice, and hemp)
  • bread flour (unbleached organic)
  • all-purpose flour (unbleached organic)
  • potato starch
  • tapioca flour
  • chickpea flour
  • almond meal
  • wheat berries
  • cracked wheat
  • earth balance
  • lemons & limes
  • avocados
  • shallots & leeks (farmers market)
  • garlic (farmers market)
  • jalapenos (farmers market)
  • Parmesan cheese (for pesto)
  • dried apple
  • pine nuts
  • currants
  • craisins
  • slivered almonds
  • agar flakes
  • apple juice
  • brown rice syrup
  • shredded coconut
  • vegan chocolate chips
  • arrowroot powder
  • Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • Black sesame seeds
  • sundried tomatoes (not packed in oil!)
  • applesauce
What's on YOUR shopping list this week? Can you eliminate a packaged food, like bread or cookies, and try to make your own?

This post was shared on Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday