This week I want to talk about bread. Not money! (Does anyone call money bread anymore? Perhaps I just aged myself – I grew up in the hippie age!) I am speaking of the wonderful white fluffy stuff we put our jam, cheese, meat or peanut butter on!
We are not big bread eaters. When I purchase a loaf of bread, I usually split it up and freeze it. I don’t want to throw any away. I really have a hard time paying almost $4.00 for a loaf of bread!
$3.99 for a loaf of bread? Is that crazy or what?
So, I decided to make some bread and compare the cost of homemade to store bought.
Please understand, I can’t and wouldn’t know how to calculate how much it costs to bake the bread, what your labor costs would be or anything like that. Basically, this is a breakdown of how much bread ingredients cost.
First, here is the recipe I used. This is a great toasting bread! I found this recipe in a Family Fun magazine about 13 years ago. It has been made and loved all of those years.
The bread making process for this particular recipe is easy. There is no kneading and only 1 rising time. It is a yeast bread, but it is pretty much a no fail bread.
|English Muffin Bread – Less than $1.00 for two loaves|
|English Muffin Bread – Less than @1.00 for 2 loaves|
See, isn’t that simple? Here is a little tip – I always spray one side of a piece of plastic wrap with a Pam like product before I cover the bread. If the dough touches the plastic wrap, it won’t stick.
English Muffin Bread
English Muffin Toasting Bread is delicious and inexpensive to make.
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- 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 packages dry yeast (I used yeast in a jar - less expensive)
- 1 Tablespoon white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup water
- Cornmeal (for pans)
- Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F
- In a bowl, combine 3 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar, salt and baking soda.
- In a saucepan, heat the milk and water until hot, then pour them into the flour mixture.
- Add the remaining flour.
- Beat with a wooden spoon until well combined. This will make a stiff batter. Do not knead.
- Spoon the batter into two well-greased loaf pans that have been sprinkled with cornmeal.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
- Bake for 25 minutes (or until done) in an oven that has been pre-heated to 400 degrees F.
- Remove bread from the pan immediately upon taking the bread out of the oven. Cool.
- Serve toasted.
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Here is my cost for 2 loaves of bread. Remember, your ingredients may cost more. I purchase my milk and flour at Aldi.
5 lb of white flour cost me $1.69, so 5 /12 cups of flour = $.55
1 gallon of Skim Milk cost me $2.59, so 2 cups of milk = $.32
Dry Yeast = about $.10
Sugar = pennies
1/4 baking soda = pennies
1/2 cup water = pennies
So, lets add that up. .55 + .32 + .10 = .97
Less than $1.00 for 2 loaves of bread! The bread from Target costs $3.99 per loaf, therefore $7.98 for two loaves! Making bread at home is a whopping savings of $6.98! If you made bread without milk, the bread would cost even less.
I know there less expensive breads on the market. They are not that much less though. A store brand loaf of bread runs just under $2.00 per loaf!
The other argument I expect to hear will be the time factor. One of the reasons I shared this recipe with you is because it doesn’t require a lot of time or energy. To pull the recipe together took me about 15 minutes. It took 45 minutes to rise. Finally, 25 minutes to bake. All of this comes up to about 1 1/2 hours total. You could easily walk away from the bread and let it do it’s own thing once you have mixed it. I think we can all find enough time during the week to make bread. It could be a great project with kids too!
There are many wonderful bread recipes out there. I make bread on an on again, off again basis. I will begin to make it more often now. I could easily save about $15.00 a month by making my own bread.
One of my favorite books is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. With the recipes in this book, you can easily make bread every day. The dough consists of 6 1/2 cups of flour (cost = $.65), water, salt and yeast (cost – $.10). Again, the ingredients cost less than $1.00 and this batch of dough will make three loaves of bread. We love to use this as pizza dough! You can make cinnamon rolls with it (I haven’t tried that yet!). You basically mix it and forget it. You put the dough you don’t use in the refrigerator for a later use! What could be easier?
If you have not made Artisan Bread you will be in for a treat.
Here are a couple links for Making Bread and the Cost of Making. There is some great information there.
The Frugal Girl (Click here to go to the site) This is an old post – she could buy bread for $.33!!!
I recently made some English Muffins. These are a bit more time consuming, but also well worth it. They have all the nooks and crannies of the $4.00 package. Mine cost me about $.08 per muffin.
|English Muffins – Less than $.10 each|
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