So is it worth it to bake your own bread? It really depends. Yes, bread baking takes some planning, and it can be a time-consuming process. However, much of the time is hands off, with the yeast doing the work. Home-baked bread can also be a much healthier alternative to store-bought, and it is vastly cheaper than bread purchased from a bakery.
Here’s a quick break down of the savings from baking your own loaf of bread using the no-knead recipe. The recipe uses 3 cups of flour, which bought without a sale, is an average of $3 for 5 lbs. Yeast is 1.29 to 1.50 for three packets, each containing 2.25 teaspoons. Salt is $1 for a huge container, so we’ll count that as a freebie. The recipe uses 1/4 teaspoon of salt and yeast. So with 2 cups equal to a pound of flour, the cost of the flour is approximately 0.90 cents. The cost of the yeast is approximately 5 cents. The cost of even an on-sale, cheap quality loaf of bread is $2, but this recipe can be made at home, with minimal effort, for less than a buck!
Without the benefit of no preservatives and much better taste, baking your own bread is much easier on your wallet. Any thoughts or comments?
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