Friday, May 06, 2016

Save Money By Making Your Own Bread

    Are you determined for your family to eat healthy, yet also determined to be frugal with what the Lord has blessed you with? I'm sure you have already figured out, the two don't always go hand in hand! Healthy food is not the cheapest or most convenient way to eat! I have to spend way more hours in the kitchen than the average mom because I won't go to Sam's and buy frozen, processed junk to feed the kids even though it would save me loads of time. I am still trying to figure out how to spend the amount of time I need to spend in the kitchen to feed my big family healthfully and still get everything else done that I need to do! It's quite a balancing act. One way I have been able to increase the nutrition content of our diets and stretch our budget is by making our bread. The whole wheat bread I would normally buy at Kroger costs $3.99/loaf. As best I can estimate, by grinding my own wheat and making whole wheat bread at home. It costs our family approximately $1.99/loaf for much healthier, fresher bread. Here is my recipe if you are interested in giving it a try! This is adapted from the Bread Becker's Cookbook.


5  cups hot water
1 1/4 cups oil
3/4 cups honey
2 1/2 T. instant yeast
12-13 cups (or more) freshly milled flour
5 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. gluten 
3 whole eggs

Combine water, oil, and honey. Add 8 cups of the flour and the yeast, salt, and gluten.  ( like to dig a little hole in the top of the flour to put my yeast) Add eggs to the side and mix thoroughly. Add the remaining flour and knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Let rise until double. Shape into 5 loaves and put in greased bread pans. Let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Get out of pans quickly and stand them up to cool on the counter. Your house will smell divine!

*You can purchase the grinder I have here. I have had mine for 15 years now and it is still going strong!

*You can mix this bread up by hand, but I highly recommend investing in a high quality mixer like a Bosch, Kitchen Aide or Electrolux unless you just want a really good arm workout!

*Wheat berries can be purchased here locally in the New River Valley at the Bread Basket, Annie Kays or a Frankferd Farms Food Co-op. They can also be ordered online from Bread Beckers and many other places and delivered if you need the convenience! I get mine locally from The Bread Basket because they have the cheapest prices I have found.

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