Sandwiches. Toast. Egg in the middle. Bread is a staple of our society, and there is a century long battle we need to address.
There are over 100 types of bread worldwide. A Washington Post article from 2020 attempts to rank the top ten. Now, I understand that taste is subjective. With that being said, here’s what they said.
And coming in at NUMBER 6. It is sourdough bread.
This is a disservice, a dishonor, and a horror.
This is my defense of sourdough bread.
What is sourdough bread, and why does it taste so good?
For one, sourdough uses a different type of yeast than most other breads. Most on this earth use commercially active yeast, but this bread relies on a starter, which is a mixture of equal parts flour and water. This starter is then let to sit for multiple days and is fed more water and flour in the process. While this is all happening, wild yeast and bacteria invade the starter. The bacteria eat the flour, which creates a more acidic space, which allows the yeast to produce carbon dioxide, which creates airy bubbles in the bread. In essence, sourdough bread is a whole lot of chemistry. And I hated my sophomore chemistry class, so here's a super cool video you can check out to learn more about the process!
Overall, it's apparent. Sourdough bread is ultimately way cooler than any other bread. It's different. It's unique. It takes love and care to make. And that's just the beginning
Sourdough bread has so many uses, and ultimately, it makes any dish involving bread a thousand times better. Its acidic nature, mixed with the dominant bacteria Lactobacillus Sanfranciscensis in its creation, creates that distinct sourdough taste. But let's talk about its high points.
There are so many basic dishes that you can greatly advance just by using a far superior type of bread.
If you want more ideas on what you can make, check out this website!
There are numerous health benefits from just this one simple type of bread. Who knew you could eat something delicious and keep your body happy, too?
It's just really, really good.
Need I say more? Sourdough is incredible.
I’m hoping that from this article, you can take away the correct opinion of the best bread choice. Sourdough has numerous health benefits, can make any dish elevated, and just has way cooler chemistry behind it. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and throw out that whole wheat bread of yours. It's time to start making that starter.
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All views expressed on content written for The Shofar represent the opinions and thoughts of the individual authors. The author biography represents the author at the time in which they were in BBYO.
This week's Dvar Torah, Parshat Vayetzei, teaches us why it is necessary to overcome the challenges that are presented before us. Throughout this Torah portion, we discuss how Jacob was able to overcome 14 years of hardships and how important it is for us to never give up.
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