Dear MOTHER: June/July 2011

Reader letters about homemade bread, killer compost, politics in MOTHER EARTH NEWS, container gardening, Passive House construction, and more.

| June/July 2011

  • Crusty Bread
    Knowing how to make bread is one of the keys to self-sufficiency. MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Diane, from Wisconsin, used our recipe for Crusty White Bread to meet her goal of learning how to “bake artisan breads.”
    PHOTO: JIM MACKENZIE
  • Rooster
    “Little Jerry” is a cross between an Araucana and a Barred Rock.
    ROSE AND JOHN ELLIOTT
  • Blue Passive House
    This Passive House in Oregon has an $836 annual savings in heating costs compared with an average house. 
    BLAKE BILYEU/BILYEU HOMES

  • Crusty Bread
  • Rooster
  • Blue Passive House

MOTHER’s Favorite Letter From Last Issue (April/May 2011):

Yum! Homemade Maple Syrup

My family was so happy to see the article in your new Real Food department (April/May 2011) about making maple syrup. Five years ago, we saw a demonstration of home maple syrup production and we’ve been making it ever since. This year, we produced 4 gallons of this delectable liquid gold. The process isn’t complicated, and with a few supplies and a little know-how, anyone can do it!

We have encouraged many people who have only a few trees to give it a try. For us, it has become an enjoyable family affair. It gives us an opportunity to get out early in the spring and clean up the limbs that have fallen on our 3 acres and use them as fuel to boil the sap down. When you taste that finished syrup, it’s worth all the time and effort. I can’t wait to try the maple butter recipe in the article.

Sandra Consbruck
Green, Ohio



Sandra, thanks for writing. We’re sending you some MOTHER EARTH NEWS coffee to accent your maple syrup breakfasts. — MOTHER 


Free-Form Artisan Bread

I retired four and a half years ago and created a “to-do” list as part of my preparations. On that list I included “bake artisan breads.” Until my December 2010/January 2011 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS arrived, I hadn’t made a step toward accomplishing that goal. I was so pleased to learn from your article that I could eliminate the kneading step in bread-making.






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