Welcome to Homeshed Kitchens!
A community-based sourdough bakery and food company operating out of Union Kitchen, a culinary startup incubator that supports local small businesses and food entrepreneurs, in the Ivy City neighborhood of The District of Columbia
We offer our breads directly to the community! There is no retail store. We carefully craft every loaf and only use our own cultivated sourdough starters!
WHAT'S IN OUR BREADS?
FLOUR . WATER . SALT . LEVAIN
Flour. We use "bolted" flour in all of our breads.
Bolted flour has only about 2% of the wheat grain extracted out of it. This lightens the flour and improves the baking qualities of the flour.
Water. To get the best results, we filter the water we use in the bake process. Simply put, filtered water allows the wild cultures to "be wild" without any obstructions.
Salt. Kosher or sea salt adds to the clean but complex flavors in the breads.
Levain. The breads are leavened with a sourdough starter (levain) that contains natural,wild yeasts. I've naturally cultivated 3 types of levains:
1. Our "Maryland Wild!" starter - super tangy flavor
2. Our "Standard Rye" starter - mild with very little tangy flavor
3. Our "Hybrid" starter - sweet and mildly tangy flavor
Local airborne yeast (in wheat berries thus flour) in the air creates the enzymes needed to predigest the starches and proteins of the grain. The fermentation process creates carbon dioxide, which becomes trapped in tiny pockets of dough, resulting in a natural rising of the bread. Natural leavening works to create the complex structure and flavors in our bread.
ALL OF OUR PASTRIES ARE SWEETENED WITH UNREFINED PURE CANE SUGAR. WE MAKE EVERY PART OF OUR PASTRIES FROM SCRATCH!
What parts you ask?!
- All of our pies and tarts crusts
- Our creams, curds, and custards
- Chocolate is tempered in-house and used to make our "Hot Chocolate Swirl Sticks"
We don't make the fresh fruits and vegetables used in our pastries - but source them locally!
Our SMALL-BATCH GOODS
- Our Hot Chocolate Swirl Sticks
- Our Sweet Cream Butters - made from Grass-fed cream then lightly salted (or unsalted).
- Our "Adult" Jams - infused with spirits, liqueurs, sake and champagne!
- Our Goat Cheese Spreads - our special blend of Pennsylvania goat cheese, fresh parsley, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil
- Our Holiday Baked Goods & Cookies
Everything we strive to do here at Homeshed Kitchens is centered around artisanal, local and eco-savvy practices. It’s our main focus!
DEFINITION: Relating to a worker in a skilled trade, esp. one that involves making things by hand.
Artisanal for us means working with raw materials 100% of the time! Everything in our kitchen is made from scratch. Ultimately, we are a small-batch bakery. This enables us to infuse our products with a level of attention and passion that is impossible for large-scale factories to reproduce. Production and customers preferences are adjusted to quickly. Bread is always fresh, because it is not sitting as inventory.
All of our bread and pastries are naturally leavened and slowly fermented for up to 30 hours to allow naturally occurring yeast and beneficial bacteria to develop in the dough before baking.
This slow, old fashioned way of bread-making increases the nutrition and the flavor extracted from the grain and makes a healthier and delicious bread.
DEFINITION: Belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood
Local markets are our first choice for produce and supplies; allowing us to support our local economy, minimize transportation and reduce our carbon footprint.
DEFINITION: Having practical knowledge of how to be a good custodian of the environment in which we operate.
Artisanal small-batch production and local sourcing is a focus we keep in the kitchen. Outside of the kitchen our focus is on being eco-savvy.
Paper - In 2012, we focused our efforts on becoming 100% paper-less! We heavily utilize online digital format forms, emails, and payment systems. We are most proud of completely eliminating printed recipe handouts by utilizing our iPad in all of our cooking classes and downloadable recipes on our website.
At the market stand - The containers our foods are packaged in are recyclable. We even sell some of our products in reusable glass dishes that customers can bring back and have us reuse for their next delicious purchase!
Waste, Waste, Waste! -
- Food waste: When we run out...we run out! We only make what we know will be consumed.
- Repurposing: From bottles to bags and delivery boxes! We can (and will) "MacGyver" everything that comes through our doors!
Slow living - Homeshed Kitchens is a strong believer and advocate of the Slow Living Movement! We believe in a Sustainable, Local, Organic and Wholesome life.
Personal Statement - You do good! You feel good! Living consciously opens you up to a sense of community...of belonging.