Community Ovens

Community Ovens project

Local Loaves for Lammas Weekend at Little Salkeld Watermill

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Sat, 30/07/2011 - 00:00 to Mon, 08/08/2022 - 11:02
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The Watermill, Little Salkeld
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PACT Ovenistas

As part of the Local Loaves for Lammas celebrations run by the Real Bread Campaign, The Watermill in Little Salkeld is having an open weekend to inaugurate it's new permanent cob oven, helped along by story-telling.

Not that anyone needs an excuse, but Lammas is a perfect opportunity to eat and celebrate locally produced Real Bread.

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Finding clay for ovens

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From Peter Dicken:

I'm no expert on finding clay, leaving it to the people who want an oven built to source it.  Locally dug is always best, regardless of quality, as you can always adjust the amount of sand you mix in with it to compensate for impurities such as soil/sand in any clay you find.  Look closely at becks/ghylls running down to the Eden.  If the banks look yellow and firm it's more than likely to be clay as sand tends to drop when dry and form a beach.

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Oven Building In Eden

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Once upon a time when only rich men could afford an oven and the space to house it, the poor shared an oven between the villagers. It would be lit once aweek and every household would take their bread to be baked in it, much like as still happens in poor countries today. The bread would be followed by casseroles or joints of meat and as the oven heat declined, cakes would follow and finally, in the gentle slow lowering of temperature, meringues and cheesecake would gently bake.

This worked well with economical use of fuel resources.

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