Bread making + GMOs
In this blog I will be covering the process of my first time making bread. The ingredients I used are as follows: bread flour, dry active yeast, brown sugar, and water. I chose to not use salt because I planned to dress the bread with salted butter.
For the first step I used to packets of dry active yeast and dissolved them in ½ a cup of water.
The mixture began bubbling around 5 minutes after the initial pour and turned into a brown, foamy liquid.
I then eyeballed the amount of flour to start with and poured the yeast solution into the same bowl as the flour. At first it started off very sticky and wet so I kept adding more flour until I was able to get rid of most of the stickiness and shape it into a ball.
After some more work (with the help of my friend Jo) I was able to get the smooth shape that I wanted.
I then set the dough aside to let it rise for 1 hour. The results were surprising as I had not expected it to grow in size to this extent. I then transferred the dough over to a baking platter and left it in the oven for 20 minutes at 465F.
Finally when the bread was finished baking, I was surprised by the final product. The crust was crunchy and the inside was soft. The design I tried to cut into the top didn’t turn out so well, though.
GMOs often carry a negative connotation. While there are negative effects of GMOs, there are also positive reasons for its existence. For example, there are veggies and grains that can experience inhibited growth due to fungi/viruses, but with the development of GMOs that create veggies resistant to these viruses, there can be more abundant agricultural yield. This also aids in the effort to decreasing the use of pesticides. This does not mean that there are zero negative side effects of GMOs, though. While there is much misinformation about GMOs such as “they give you cancer,” etc, statistically it has been proven that GMO crops are often supplemented by an increase in herbicide usage. Herbicides can enter ground water, negatively affecting humans and animals alike.