It is well documented that making your own baked goods is a great way to save money on groceries. Not only do you save money, but you also get full control over ingredients. With that in mind, a few months ago I started researching alternatives to store bought bread. I even did a whole post on frugal bread options, and later followed up with an update on my favorite bread solution back in March.
Six months later have we gone back to buying store bought bread?
No way! We found a really great recipe for making homemade bread and have been using it since last March. The recipe works well for us as it includes only a few ingredients which we either already have on hand (like vegetable oil) or can buy in bulk. The best part of the recipe is that it is surprisingly easy to make, requiring about 20 minutes of prep and 2 hours of inactive time (rising and baking). Time wise it works out well when we have a movie night at home or a want a fast project wedged in between other home projects. When it is done, we store it in the fridge and freezer, depending on how fast we think we will use it. Since homemade bread doesn’t have preservatives, it doesn’t last long in a bread box or on the counter.
I think long term we may want to expand our bread making repertoire to include more whole grains, but that will need to wait until we can find a good recipe and a consistent source for raw ingredients. All considered though we are very happy with our homemade bread routine. It is definitely a habit that we will continue into the future.