After a bit of a break, I’m re-launching the super-popular Homestead Hack series here at The Prairie Homestead!
What’s a “Homestead Hack?”
Good question. Here is how Wikipedia explains it:
“Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way”
Apply that definition to homesteading, and that, my friends, is a Homestead Hack.
Today’s Homestead Hack is…
A nifty little trip that will help you make dough rise faster–even if your oven is tied up.
Today’s tip is from Carmen at A Simple Homestead. She shares:
“I normally use the oven and oven light to create a warm environment to raise bread dough as we keep our house cool in the fall/winter. Recently I was attempting to make rolls but my husband was baking beans in the oven. Just sitting on the counter would make for a long rising time.
Then I remembered we had a homemade microwaveable bags (here’s a tutorial). I stuck that in the microwave for a couple of minutes and placed it under the bowl. In an hour, my dough had risen to the top of the bowl!
I believe our bag is filled with corn but the rice bags would work too. It’s one my mother made for us years ago using an old towel. Using the lowest setting on an electric heating pad would also work.”
Thanks Carmen for your awesome tip! I’ll be sending you a copy of Your Custom Homestead as a thank you gift.