So is it really more cost efficient? Or just tasty because it's made from scratch?
For sliced sandwich bread, I buy whole grain breads and bagels at a bakery outlet, and I don't think it would save much to make them myself instead. Not enough that I'm willing to take the time anyway.
For flour tortillas, I buy them when I can find them at the outlet or elsewhere for $1/package. Otherwise, I make them since the regular grocery store price around here is over $3/package. I always have flour, salt, and oil around the house, so no new expensive ingredients.
The cheapest we can buy our (healthier) bread is $1.47. At first I thought we wouldn't save much because homemade bread disappears so much faster. But the novelty wears off eventually and we have stopped devouring it the second it's done baking
I buy 40lbs of flour for around $25, we grow our own eggs and my recipes usually call for milk and yeast. A package of yeast seems to last forever, I haven't found a cheaper source yet so it's $8. In all we went from spending $21/mo on bread to $13. Plus now I make most of our own buns. I haven't figured out the savings there, but I know it's significant because only the unhealthy white ones ever come on sale for $1/package.
AND we know exactly what is in our bread products too.
DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!
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I don't use dry milk since DD1 has a dairy allergy.
I buy our wheat berries in 40lb buckets and our yeast in 2lb packages.
Our bread is whole wheat flour, a bit of bread flour (for the higher gluten content), olive oil, water, yeast, and salt.
I also will make breadsticks that are just flour, water, olive oil, salt, and yeast.
We really need to be careful about what is in our food because of DD1's various sensitivities and it's much less expensive (and less time consuming) for me to bake our bread products instead of hunting down the brands that don't have dairy, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives.
DH is a baker by trade, and does most of the baking around here. (I'm just the dishwasher, .)
We buy organic whole grain flours thru a restaurant, and yeast, oats, and raw honey in bulk thru our co-op, olive oil from the restaurant supply store. Our cost is ~$1 per 1.5# loaf, plus utilities, bread bags (4c/ea), and our time.
DH has been desperately ill (off work all week) at the same time that our freezer stash of homemade bread was depleted. I went to local grocery today and bought a bag of day old bread, all 1# packages, 9 for $4. They probably aren't even covering their costs at 44c per loaf. But the bread isn't very good. It's white bread that toasts up into nothing, and has HFCS and trans fat in it. (We'll probably use most of it for croutons and breadcrumbs.)
So this isn't a true apples to apples comparison. It's more like conventional MacIntosh to organic Yellow Delicious.
I do still buy sliced sandwich bread and sometimes dinner rolls from grocery stores.
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Oh, and I buy most of the rest of the ingredients in bulk, including a huge box of powdered milk from Costco which lasts at least a year (which I also use as an ingredient in making homemade yogurt). Even the molasses and vital wheat gluten last a long time and can make lots of loaves before I need to buy more. So I guess what I'm saying is try not to be daunted by a few extra ingredients you might not normally have on hand, because it is definitely do-able.
Sorry so long winded, can you tell I love making my own bread?
Recently I've been switching to no-knead bread and I do wonder about the cost of heating and preheating the oven so hot, but even so.
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I saved my "Christmas money" to use for start up costs on stuff like this to save money throughout the year so this could definitely work for us. Having a sandwich bread is the main thing we'd need so I'll have to figure that one out. I'm pretty excited with so many recommendations.
Also thanks for the reminder that the other huge benefit is knowing what's in my bread! Great point (and one I'll be using to sell my DH on lol...)
Please do explore different recipes and techniques... I know it's overwhelming at the start but homemade bread is so much better than store bought! And even a bread machine is going to bring your bread budget down.
For those of you who have tried making tortillas, can you post a link or recipe? What about a good recipe for soup rolls?
flour tortilla recipe (1 dozen- stays about 1 week in fridge cooked/freezes fine)
3 C. unbleached Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4-6 tbsp vegetable shortening or lard
about 1 1/4 C warm water (NOT boiling)
mix dry ingred. in bowl. cut in shortening/lard until its crumbly. Slowly add the water so dough is soft (shouldnt be sticky). Knead dough for a few minutes. Seperate dough into 12 equal sized balls and let rest. This will cause the dough to get a little dry...you want that.
roll out each ball to a tortilla. Heat on a griddle or pan. It will only take a few seconds to cook on each side. Tortilla will have nice browned spots on them when that side is ready. DO not use a high heat, a small-medium heat will do.
** I use an iron griddle to heat them up but I have also used a larger chicken fryer type pan. These are super yummy with a dollop of butter. I also have a super yummy mexican rice recipe if anyone wants it.
On average if I were to buy a loaf it would be about anywhere from 3-6 dollars locally for what I get (organic bread/whole grains/fruits) basically not that cheap .50 bread with HFCS in it. So for "real bread" it has saved us a ton. Plus with our breadmaker I literally dumpt the ingredients in push a button (I even have a delay timer) and come back when its done (it even keeps it warm until were ready to eat it) I dont have the patience or "art" it takes to make oven type breads, i've tried. a special occassion/recipe sure but our day to day I liek our chubby squared loaves.
Re: baking, my DH bought us an Oster breadmaker and I LOVE IT. It is so amazingly easy. I put in liquid, flours, salt/seasoning, sweetener, yeast, shut the lid, push a button and walk away. Amazing!!!! And then a timer beeps and I take out a warm loaf of deliciousness. It even has a delay timer that I set to wake up to fresh bread. Fabulous! I highly, highly recommend the purchase. I think it's already paid for itself. I've made wheat, white, sandwich, sweet, fruited, and rye and everything has turned out perfectly.
That's the downside--it's paid for itself because we now eat a lot of bread. DH thinks he's gained 5# since we bought it.
Me 41, single mom to dd 4/2001 and ds 7/17/2010
If you're eating bread that comes really cheap, like Wonder Bread or day-old bakery bread that sells at a discount, you probably won't save much. And if you bake with complicated recipes that use specialized ingredients, you likely won't save much unless you compare it to the really fancy packaged health breads or artisan bakery breads.
I make mine by hand. I can't afford a bread machine, and would have nowhere to keep it if I could. It takes me about 20 minutes in the afternoon to knead it, although lately DS has been doing part of the kneading , and then just the deflating and shaping and baking, which take no time at all, just a minute snatched here and there between other stuff.
I think it's harder if you're not home much, but there's ways around it like the PPs mentioned.
I tried making my own, but by the time I bought all the special grains, seeds and took the time and effort to make the bread, it came out to roughly the same price but didn't taste the same. It dried out a lot faster and was a lot denser than the store bought bread.
For this reason, we prefer the store bought bread. We live in Canada though and things like hidden corn syrup isn't as big a thing here as it appears to be in the US.
Mama to Emma (7) and Sarah (5)