Well I was supposed to make bread today again for baking day but I got too busy and I will have to make it tomorrow. It got me thinking about bread though…I know I can get bread for around $1 a loaf at Safeway on sale or from the bread store. However when I look at any given loaf of bread one of the first 5 ingredients is almost always high fructose corn syrup. I hate that they add that to pretty much everything, we try not eat it at all because of health issues associated with it. And since it’s in most breads besides organic ones, which we can’t afford, I’m stuck with having to make my own.
Lately I’ve been making bread pretty much once a week on my baking day. Before when I made bread I have trouble using it before it went bad because I didn’t have a plan for it. Now that I’m creating my weekly meal plans the bread gets used for sandwiches, garlic bread, ect. And I know exactly when it’s going to get used. If we plan everything right that loaf of bread will last us just through the week, long enough so I only have to make it on baking day.
Right now I made my bread in my bread machine. I love my bread machine! You just put in like 5 or 6 ingredients and then tada! dough! Then I can either bake it right in the bread machine or form it and bake it in the oven. Either way it’s so easy to make my own bread and I don’t have to feel bad about what’s in it because I know exactly everything I put in it and that it’s all natural.
It does take a little time to make the bread though. It’s not as convenient as going to the store would be and just picking up a loaf or two. And it doesn’t last as long as a store bought loaf does. I still feel good about the decision that I made though to make my own bread. It’s actually been a really long time since I’ve bought bread, probably about a year or more. And lately I’ve made a commitment to not buy any bread product from the store. Like I’ve mentioned before, with my allergies I can’t eat preservatives so I’d have to buy a more expensive kind of bread. So now I make all my own hamburger buns, hot dog buns, rolls, ect. They are just as easy to make as bread and they taste so much better than the store bought kinds!
What about you? Do you make your own bread or do you find it more convenient to go to the store and pick up a cheap loaf?