A PSA for the 2020 Bread Bakers


pandemic bread baking yeast - Boston MomsFriendly PSA for all you overly optimistic pandemic bread bakers:

If you bought an exorbitant amount of yeast in bulk at your local wholesale store at the beginning of the 2020 quarantine, it is now time to dig it out from the back of your fridge, dust it off, and discard it. It has run its course.

We take with us the few extra pounds from making weekly pizza doughs, the memorable entertainment our baking endeavor brought to otherwise dark times, the toleration of our families, the gratitude that we can just buy the flipping loaf of sourdough at the store, and the puzzling question of why an ingredient that recipes call for so little of would even be sold in bulk? Don’t think too hard on this.

The point is not that we all became artisan bread makers, but that the yeast actually helped us to rise when we needed it most.

Thank you for the gift of distraction, active dry yeast. Your journey into the garbage can today shall not have been in vain.

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Shannon Gibson
Shannon is a native Texan who first visited Boston in 2012 with her now-husband, Ben. Shannon and Ben immediately fell in love with New England, and it was during that trip that they knew they eventually wanted to raise their family in the Northeast. Fast forward to 2018, and Ben accepted a job as a Photographer/Director at a Boston ad agency. They said goodbye to Texas and moved to Woburn with their pup and daughter (2016). Oh, and Shannon was 6 months pregnant with their son (2018). Shannon holds her License and Masters degree in Social Work, and in the past has been a Case Manager to the homeless population, as well as a School Social Worker. She currently stays home with her two littles, and teaches online ESL courses through VIPKid. Most weekends, you will find The Gibson family traveling and exploring all that New England has to offer. Yes, Please: kindness, coffee, dessert, the beach, phone calls to her mom, antique stores, Target runs. No, thank you: passive-aggressiveness, sweet tea, clutter, sleep deprivation, shoes my toddler can’t put on herself, squeaky playground swings.