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    Default Strange ingredient in bread recipe

    Potato water is a great addition to bread - the potato starch in the water helps
    bind moisture to the bread, gininv you a longer shelf life and a moister crumb.
    I always save the water from boiled potatoes and cool for use in bread. So next
    time you make mashed potatoes, don't throw out the drained water - save it for
    your bread. (or your gravy - there are vitamins and minerals in that water).

    By the same token, I save the water from my cooked vegies for vegetable stock.

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    Dear Janet:

    I don't know what its secret is, but my grandmother used potato water (boil
    potatoes & reserve the liquid) & sometimes even added mashed potatoes to her
    dough. It made a smoother dough........but then again, my grandmother was a
    wonderful cook. But, to answer your question, using plain water will work as
    well, as long it is warm to help the yeast grow. You may have to experiment &
    get back to us on that one! Good luck!

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    Re: Budget101.com : Strange ingredient in a recipe for white bread


    That strange ingredient was meant to use up water that potato's were boiled
    in. Potato actually is called for in many breads as it helps make it moist.

    I suppose you could stir in a few dehydrated potato's if you wanted to or
    try plain water. Many older cookbooks asked for things like this as the idea
    was to use up almost everything in one way or another. Especially if this
    cookbook was printed near or not too long after the depression, when people
    really knew how to reuse things.

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    Re: Budget101.com : Strange ingredient in a recipe for white bread


    This actually isn't a strange ingredient for bread. It makes it
    a potato bread. Regular water would work but would take away
    the best part of the flavor. A lot of people use the mashed
    potatoes as well as just the liquid.

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    Re: Budget101.com : Strange ingredient in a recipe for white bread


    Hello Janet,
    I guess it is just a way to use the water and not throw it away? I know that
    refrigerater dough is made from (leftover) patato mashed up and it will keep for
    a week in the fridge. Comes in very handy the refrigerater dough, and I like the
    fluffy dough as well.
    How wonderful that you have your mothers recipe book!
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