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  • 2-1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp . yeast
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or substitute butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or substitute honey
  • 1 tbsp . salt
  • 6-1/2 cups whole wheat flour


  1. Pour water into mixing bowl and add yeast. Let sit 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile melt together coconut oil and maple syrup. Remember not to get this too hot or you will kill your yeast. Coconut oil is liquid at 76°.
  2. Pour oil/syrup mixture and salt to the mixing bowl. With paddle attachment on low speed (speed 1) add flour a little at a time while mixing.
  3. When it has all been added, swap to a dough hook and turn speed up to knead dough just long enough to make sure the dough isn't sticking too much to the side of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add more flour a tablespoon at a time.
  4. The dough is perfect when it forms a nice ball. Remove dough hook, cover bowl with a clean towel and set in a warm place. Let rise 1 hour or until the dough reaches the top of the bowl.
  5. Punch dough and let rise for another hour.
  6. Next grease 2 loaf pans and divide the dough into 2 balls. Pick up one ball and stretch it until it is a rectangle about as long as your bread pan.
  7. Now roll the dough into a log the best you can and place in the pan. Do the same with the second ball, cover both pans with your cloth and let rise one more hour.
  8. Bake in a 350° oven for approximately 35 minutes. I normally have to tent mine loosely at 25 minutes with tin foil to keep from burning the top. It should be nicely brown on the top and sound hollow when you tap on it. Turn bread out onto a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

It will slice much more nicely when it is cool, but I usually go ahead and have a slice or two while it is hot and slathered with butter. Bliss!

Green Living | Answered 2 days ago

Depends on what sort of sharps you have and your disposal service. If they are biohazards that can be eliminated by sterilizing, then sterilizing eliminates the need for biohazard categorization. If the sharps are just items like broken paint scraper blades, then sterilization is not needed although sharps categorization would still apply.

Green Living | Answered on Jan 31, 2019

Rain passes through the atmosphere before falling to the ground. So it can pick up any contaminant present in the atmosphere.

It's not a great idea to drink rain water falling near chemical plants or near the plumes of power plants, paper mills, etc. Don't drink rainwater that has run off of plants or buildings because you could pick up toxic chemicals from these surfaces. Similarly, don't collect rainwater from puddles or into dirty containers.


Green Living | Answered on Jan 31, 2019

Potential for leaks, corrosiveness to plastics and metals, starting feedstock, energy needed to create and pressurize it, explosiveness, are disadvantages of hydrogen.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

There is no 1 answer fits all because the source materials, collection, processing, and distribution of biodiesels differ. You also should take into account the energy that goes into other ingredients, equipment, and taking care of the waste produced. Full life-cycle analysis is what you want.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

I'll disagree with your hypothesis that an electric or hybrid engine affects the carbon footprint, but that's besides the point. If you're lucky to have a situation and community where alternatives are practical, that's great. But many of us do not have that so we will work on multiple areas where carbon emissions can be curtailed. For the deep carbon activities which are hard to reduce, one can purchase offsets. It's not the optimal way for the major activities that generate GHGs, but it is an option.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Not sure that biofuel combustion is environmentally friendly, but it may be less damaging from the standpoint of not having to extract it from the ground, crack and refine, and then ship it from the Mid-East.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

ARgh. If the panel is on the lamp, you might as well use the sun for light, not a light bulb, unless you have a means to store the solar power.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

You could use any power source to generate the steam pressure. Hydrogen would work. Then not only would have to worry about steam explosions, but hydrogen ones as well. Additionally, you will have to deal with the metal corrosiveness of hydrogen .

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Yes. Methane recovery, ballfields, nature preserves. It depends how they were filled, what items were prohibited, and the geology of the landfill.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

A good photovoltaic module these days is rated at 300 W. That's full sun at optimal incidence angle, close to room temperature, new module, and clean surface.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Majority of clothing, socks, and shoes these days are non-animal so you should have no problem finding non-animal garments and footwear. Know that Nature isn't necessarily benevolent. It creates the most toxic poisons, dangerous parasites, pathogenic bacteria, etc. Study up on your sciences. Connecting at Nature's level is your choice, but at least make it an informed one.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Plenty, although the term used is often "photovoltaic module".

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Pretty cheap. You'll want to determine fuel efficiencies between selected car models.
Also consider how your fuel expenditures would be affected if you had a gas-electric hybrid?

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Yes, but you'll need a voltage boost regulator and preferably maximal sunlight on the panels. Many conventional 12V Pb batteries require 13.8V for charging. A charge meter and automatic shutoff are desirable.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

The problem is not the efficiency. It's the pollutants caused by the extraction, refining, and burning of the diesel. That includes GHG emissions.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

KWh is electricity, hcf, liters, gallons etc. is hydro. If you have a smart meter, login via the utility and see what time of day the big draws are occurring. Otherwise, monitor your meter every 2-4 hrs to see what is going on. Do you have backup electric resistance heating in anything? Sump pump that runs too long? An electric oven that kicks itself on for a few hours while you're out? A clothes dryer that has a faulty "humidity" exhaust temperature sensor?

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Never dispose near the river, it effect nature...Do one thing collect and paint your any wooden structures.for roof.... the best way to protect wood from ant and insects.Try and reply.
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Green Living | Answered on Jun 28, 2018

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