Hi, I’m Don Herman. I created this site to help home bakers like you find useful information on Baking Naturally.
Using organic, healthy ingredients in meals is kind of a no-brainer, right? Given the choice, we’d probably all choose the preservative-free, artificial-flavoring-free and artificial-coloring-free foods at our stores. Some choose this because they must . . . they have allergies or reactions to many of the chemical additives in food. But others choose these items simply to live a more natural lifestyle. Whatever the reason, choosing more organic and natural foods is a growing trend.
Unfortunately, many of these items are much more expensive than their artificial competitors. When you remove preservatives from a cake mix, for example, you greatly reduce the shelf life, requiring quicker turnover of product. All that costs money. So there is a price to be paid for ridding yourself of chemicals.
That’s where Baking Naturally comes in.
I take the time to purchase popular organic and natural food products, preparing and testing them here in my home kitchen in Denver, Colorado. That way, you can be more informed about choosing the right products for you and your own family. No need to make your own mistakes . . . I’m happy to make them for you! I describe each item, it’s ingredients, price, preparation details and then I provide an objective evaluation of each product – appearance, aroma, taste, texture, and aftertaste. Sometimes I find items that are clearly superior to others, but most often I find that the products are just different – and you get to decide exactly what it is you’re looking for!
I recently retired from 20 years as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operations Officer for a school district here in the Denver area. I was in charge of pretty much everything outside of the classroom – Finance, Risk Management, Payroll, Transportation, Capital Construction, . . . and Food Service.
In my district, we worked hard to upgrade the meals so that every student had the opportunity to select a fresh vegetable and fresh fruit every day. When feeding 4000 students, that was always a challenge! But that desire to provide healthier options for kids spilled over into my personal life as well. I really started reading labels, scouring the internet for articles and sifting through the enormous amount of conflicting information to develop my own philosophy and approach to organic living. You’ll see it as you check out my articles and reviews.
I live in Denver with my partner of 18 years, our two dogs, Gracie and Greta, and a neighborhood of folks who regularly see me stopping by with cupcakes or a cake or cookies or bread . . . or whatever I’ve decided to test out that day! No one has complained yet, so that’s a good sign. I hope that you will find the information useful. Good luck and a healthy life to you and yours!