We recently ran out of the organic flour and I had to buy some flour from the store. My bread turned out awesome :( I say that is sad because I don't think that the flour from the store is the healthiest option and so we picked up more organic flour. And I'm going to keep on trying to improve it until I love the organic bread. It's not awful, it's just different. It's way crumblier (good if you want breadcrumbs though) and the taste is stronger, it doesn't rise as much and the crust is often way crunchier. I also really don't like how it feels to mix it with my hands, and I have to sift the flour every time I use it, making it more time consuming.
But I WILL NOT GIVE UP. This flour will not have the better of me. I refuse to believe that I can't make good bread with it. I just have to keep trying.
Today I tried again and so far so good, but I haven't cut into the bread yet :) The dough actually had air holes in it and was a lot more flexible than usual. I just kneaded it a lot more. Knead for 5 minutes. Let stand. Knead for a few more minutes, let stand. I must have repeated that 5 times or so. The buns tasted really good and if the bread turned out then I guess I know what I have to do.
My next dream is making my own cheese. Right now I've ordered a few books from the library and then the next step will be getting the starting cultures and whatever else I need. I'm thinking it will be way cheaper than buying the organic cheese from the store, plus I can control the ingredients. And I don't know about you, but there is a great satisfaction in doing it yourself. Yes it takes work, but time is relative. And what better way to spend my time than to make good things for my family, and save money at the same time.