Mill City Bread Company (review) - Our Daily Green

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mill City Bread Company (review)

Mill City Bread
Rustic Artisan White
One of our family's fondest memories growing up was the continual supply of fresh-baked bread at Grandma's house. She loved to mix up the yeast, knead the dough and shape it into delicious loaves of love.

Bread baking for today's generation is an infrequent occurrence, perhaps for a special occasion. There are several keys to baking bread properly, including measuring the ingredients, correct kneading technique and activating the yeast at an accurate temperature. For a novice cook, this can be an intimidating process.
Mill City Bread
Bauernbrot (German Farmer's Bread)

But what if the ingredients were already measured, the bread didn't require kneading, and water from the tap worked just fine? Mill City Bread Company has developed mixes that take all the guesswork out of baking bread and is bringing back the art of artisan bread baking with their simple mixes and easy to follow instructions.

In 1999, the method was popularized in a cookbook called "No Need to Knead", and Mill City Bread company has taken it one step further by pre-measuring the ingredients. The most difficult of the break baking is the wait time. By using longer fermentation in a moist dough, the gluten strands form, bringing the bread a typical yeast bread texture.

Look how bubbly it is after 12 hours! 
We agreed to review their line of bread mixes because the idea of slow, home baked food, void of chemical preservatives or GMOs is in line with the mission of Our Daily Green. We appreciate this company's commitment to the environment with their minimal packaging, formed with wind energy. Mill City products are packaged by individuals with disabilities at a non-profit empowering nearly 2,000 people a year to achieve greater independence through employment.

So far, we have tested the first two of their five delicious breads, as pictured above:
  • Bauernbrot (German Farmer's Bread)
  • Rustic Artisan White
  • Whole Wheat
  • NY Deli Rye
  • Ciabatta
These breads are as simple to make as stirring water into the mix, letting it rest 12 hours, and following the baking and resting instructions, which come with each package. The results are an old-world flavor, with a new-world convenience. The breads are made from only 4 ingredients, flour, salt, yeast, and water. 
Danish Dough Whisk
Artisan Bread baking kit

The bread can be baked in a clay baker, a Dutch oven, a slow cooker, or a bread machine. Mill City sells the bakers to ensure the best quality bread possible. For a limited time, they are offering a clay baker and dough whisk at a discounted price, lower than if each product was purchased separately. 

Our Daily Green loves the Mill City Bread mixes. Our house smells like an old fashioned bakery and it couldn't be easier. The hardest part is waiting to eat it!

Disclosure: We received a complimentary sample of each type of Mill City bread mix. 

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