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You are Your Food, Your Food is You.

By now I think most people have at least heard of the brain-gut connection. We know that with good bacteria in our system, the healthier we are in many ways. The biome that is in our intestines, on our skin and in the world around us quite literally makes us who we are. Like a map of the landscape, what we touch, where we go, what we eat, and what we put on our skin is the make up of the terrain of our bodies. In this age of the world, there is no escaping chemicals and toxins of innumerable kinds, meaning that to keep ourselves wholly wild is a difficult task at best. As as society, Americans have stepped away from our food sources, yes, but also, we have forgotten what it is like to truly be a part of the process. We have forgotten to slow down and become what we are eating. There is pure satisfaction in daily tending a garden, and producing a perfect tomato, much as there is satisfaction in collecting eggs from animals you have cared for. But with sourdough, you really do become a part of the food. The very biome on your skin is interlaced with the dough. The bread is unique to you, taking on the characteristics of its home environment. So when you slow down and become and integral piece of the magical process of sourdough, not only are you nourishing those you share with in a physical way, you are also giving them a true part of who you are.

Here I am going to link to some of my most used sourdough equipment.

Kitchen Aid Mixing Bowl https://amzn.to/2z7746b

For mixing your bulk ferment.

Digital Kitchen Scale https://amzn.to/2TcEOHR

For measuring your dough.

Round Banneton https://amzn.to/2TfqNsO

for the fridge rest.

Oval Banneton https://amzn.to/2K4mGfk

Another shape option.

Bench Scraper https://amzn.to/2TejXDX

This integral for the pre shape step.

Dough Whisk https://amzn.to/2DE4j0c

for mixing your autolyse.

Weck Jars Small https://amzn.to/2Tbx7lj

For mixing your mother culture, as well as storing extra in the fridge.

Weck Jars Large https://amzn.to/2RS2qA3

For mixing your levain.

Ball Jars https://amzn.to/2TdpY40

Smaller option for mixing mother culture.

Bread Lame https://amzn.to/2B51wLa

For scoring your loaf

Razor Blade https://amzn.to/2DEmQth

Another scoring tool.

Bees Wrap https://amzn.to/2K4ypu1

To cover your loaves in the bannetons, or wrap leftover bread.

Linen Bread Storage Bags https://amzn.to/2RWBmjj

To store leftover bread.

Parchment Paper https://amzn.to/2DE0uYL

For baking your loaves.

Round Dutch Oven https://amzn.to/2DnhIch

For a boule loaf.

Oval Dutch Oven https://amzn.to/2Pv15m8

For a dinner loaf.

Floursack Towels https://amzn.to/2DE7Aww

To cover loaves durning bench rest.

High Heat Grill Mitts https://amzn.to/2RUP5Hj

For handling that hot cast iron!

Real Salt Shakers https://amzn./2RRjSEQ

My favorite salt, full of minerals.

Real Salt Bulk https://amzn.to/2DliSEX

And yes, its all I use, so I buy in bulk.

Einkorn Flour https://amzn.to/2T9wFE6

to feed your mother culture.

Sprouted Spelt Flour https://amzn.to/2K4pxVA

For a mixed loaf.

Sourdough Book https://amzn.to/2RSwPhw

Such a great resource.

Toast and Jam Book https://amzn.to/2qM9Qtl

And both books are beautiful!

Berkey Filter https://amzn.to/2OKhsWL

This is what we use to filter all our water, and we love it so much! It has been worth every penny, and we actually use both a large and small size. We even take the small size one with us when we are on the road. If there is any one piece of home “equipment” that may be a bit of an investment, it would be a Berkey!!

Bread Knife https://amzn.to/2Dlk5Mv

This is my favorite knife brand all around. As far as knives go, these are on the cheap side, but they are all shaped to function so well, and it is what i have used exclusively my whole marriage, as well as what I used at home before.

Wade Cotten