So I woke up fairly early this morning and realized that I hadn't used my sourdough starter in a few days, needed to use up some of that before the cultures die out. This past weekend, I made some rolls for Easter dinner, and those turned out well. Half were regular yeast rolls, half were a "hybrid" roll which used half yeast, half sourdough starter. My effort at making a "real" sourdough roll that was nice and soft didn't turn out so well, came out more or less like little hockey pucks, so I went back to a recipe off the web which had worked well for me.
At Easter dinner, I had mentioned to a few people that I was making a lot of bread lately, because of the sourdough starter needing to be used. Rachel, Miss S's sister-in-law, asked me why I wasn't sending more bread down their way if I was making so much of it. You know, two teenage boys and one who's just shy of teen years and a husband who works hard and packs a lot of lunches, you go through a lot of bread. Of course, we see them about every month or so at most, so it's not exactly like the bread is going to be very fresh when it gets there, but at least I can get rid of some of it and have it go to a worthy cause.
But, frankly, if I make bread as often as I should to keep the starter conditioned, I'm going to have probably another 50 loaves a month that I need to dispose of, and I just can't eat that much bread myself. Miss S likes her bread, too, but, come on, two or three loaves a day is a little much for nearly anyone.
So, as the mixer happily churned away making a new experimental batch of modified hybrid dough, I thought about the idea of selling the bread. How do you get out there and get any kind of market for that sort of thing, though? And then, how much do you charge for it? I'm certainly not going to try to become any kind of professional bread baker making my living off baked goods, but it would be nice for the hobby to at least pay for itself, and making a little extra money for my time and effort wouldn't go too far amiss.
So how do I go about making my little bread business rise, so to speak?