Author Archives: Dr. McClean

Kitchen Scale – One of Our Favorite Things

We love, love, LOVE our kitchen scale for making bread. We find that a kitchen scale is especially helpful when using Natural Leavening. Why use a scale? When using volume measurements (ie. cups and teaspoons) your flour amounts can vary drastically.  If possible, we recommend using a kitchen scale.  We still use a kitchen scale after all […]

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Naturally Leaven Ancient Grain – Ask Dr. Dough

Do you know where to get ancient grain, like Einkorn wheat, at a good price?  I’m seeing sticker shock with $4/lb & up.  As much as I use [grain], there’s no way I could afford that except for just once in a while.  Maybe I’ll incorporate it in but not exclusively.  Right now I have […]

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Natural Leaven Starter, Many Grain Varieties, Even Gluten Free – Ask Dr. Dough

Dr. Matt McClean, I’m wondering on all the different [Natural Leaven starter] grains…  why are there so many?  Like, why would someone use an oat start?  Or a gluten free start?  I’ve never heard of that before.  I think it’s REALLY cool, & it makes me want to order all of them, to be honest!  […]

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Making Scratch Starter Sometimes Smells – Ask Dr. Dough

Dr. Matt McClean, I started  making starter on my own via instructions on the internet with fresh ground wheat & water.  It worked great but went crazy, grew super huge, & smelled WAY sour strong. The other start was a dehydrated start from [some one else].  It was just a tiny bit & started fine, […]

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Natural Leavening, “Mildly Sweet Natural Yeast” – Ask Dr. Dough

People have lots of questions about Natural Leavening and beginning a grain start.  We recently answered a few questions and want to share. HI. I just read [a] book on using natural yeast for baking, & I’m wondering if your yeast is the more mild/sweet yeast, or if it’s the stronger sourdough yeast?  I can […]

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Modern History of Baker’s Yeast

Man’s bread making processes drastically changed during the 19th century when baker’s yeast was introduced. Different civilizations throughout history found that through the control of time, temperature, moisture, and oxygen they could control how bread turned out. What they may not have known is that they were controlling which microbes flourished and which didn’t. We […]

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Harmful Effects of Grain without Natural Leavening

This grain is believed by some people to have been found in the pyramids of Egypt.

  The story is told that after thousands of years of storage in the pyramids of Egypt, grains were found that still germinated well!  Grains in their whole form contain natural preservatives so that they can still sprout after prolonged periods of dormancy and when conditions are right.  Unfortunately these natural preservatives often wreak havoc […]

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