Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How Baking Bread Saves Money

So is it worth it to bake your own bread? It really depends. Yes, bread baking takes some planning, and it can be a time-consuming process. However, much of the time is hands off, with the yeast doing the work. Home-baked bread can also be a much healthier alternative to store-bought, and it is vastly cheaper than bread purchased from a bakery.

Here's a quick break down of the savings from baking your own loaf of bread using the no-knead recipe. The recipe uses 3 cups of flour, which bought without a sale, is an average of $3 for 5 lbs. Yeast is 1.29 to 1.50 for three packets, each containing 2.25 teaspoons. Salt is $1 for a huge container, so we'll count that as a freebie. The recipe uses 1/4 teaspoon of salt and yeast. So with 2 cups equal to a pound of flour, the cost of the flour is approximately 0.90 cents. The cost of the yeast is approximately 5 cents. The cost of even an on-sale, cheap quality loaf of bread is $2, but this recipe can be made at home, with minimal effort, for less than a buck! 

Without the benefit of no preservatives and much better taste, baking your own bread is much easier on your wallet. Any thoughts or comments?

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