Well, it’s not entirely new…I did this a few times with my mom and siblings, long ago when I was a kid. “It” is a baking day, where you devote the grand portion of the day to baking. The idea is that you freeze what you produce, thereby avoiding the need to bake for a little while.
I’m not at all opposed to baking everyday from an enjoyment standpoint, but when the weather is warm, such kitchen activity makes the house less than pleasant. The heat from the oven, a welcome thing in the winter, is a misery-producing thing in the summertime. The oven is insulated, of course, but some heat definitely manages to escape, and its effect on the temperature of the house is not insignificant.
Yesterday was a miserably warm and humid day, but when I looked at the forecast, I saw that today’s high was predicted to be only 63. That, I decided, was a forecast for a perfect baking day…I could keep the oven on for hours with nary an ill effect on the kitchen climate.
I made a dreadful mess in my kitchen!
and this was after I had done a batch of dishes already. Yikes.
However, I have some good stuff to show for it.
A loaf of zucchini bread (had to use up some zucchini):
Two loaves of French bread(which overrose a bit, because I got distracted by writing about my Thrifty Threads appearance!). These will be the basis for some chicken sandwiches later in the week:
Two loaves of sandwich bread (these are also slated to be used in some dinner sandwiches):
A batch of granola (this is to help us avoid eating cereal for breakfast):
Four quarts of yogurt, which is something I make almost every week:
And some Rice Krispy bars, which I made just for fun:
I still want to make a few other things (some granola bars, some loaves of whole wheat bread, and maybe some cookies. Plus I need to make some applesauce), and fortunately for me, tomorrow is supposed to be just as unseasonably cool as today was! Excellent.
If all goes well, I shouldn’t need to turn my oven on at all for a week, which will make it much easier for me to resist the lure of the AC.
My kitchen is all clean now,
and I’m off to bake some pizza for dinner. (and since the weather is so cool today, the uber-hot oven temperatures required for pizza are not going to make us miserable!).
If I find that this baking day thing works out well, I may continue the habit sporadically throughout the summer. Have any of you had a positive experience with doing a baking day?