Bake Your Own Bread
Frugal living can mean many things to many people. My idea of frugal living is to live the best possible life at the lowest possible cost. That is where baking your own bread comes in. there is certainly some time and energy involved in baking your own bread, but when you work out the numbers, it is the least expensive way to get the best possible product for your and your family. You see, homemade bread is more filling than store bought bread and it tastes great. You always know what is in it and, believe me, you can put some wonderfully tasty and healthy things into homemade bread! Overall, if made properly, this is the healthiest option for you and your family. Why not try baking your own bread? Once you get the hang of it, I guarantee your family will be hooked!
Baking your own bread isn’t as difficult as it once was, with all the mixing, kneading and punching by hand. If you’re serious about baking your own bread, read this article by Teresa McEntire (http://food.families.com/blog/homemade-wheat-bread-part-1-the-supplies) that covers some of the great conveniences you could make a small investment in. This investment will definitely pay for itself in no time if you’re serious about making homemade, healthy breads for your family.
For those of you who are worried about the texture of your homemade bread and think it will be too heavy for everyday use, Teresa has the answer to that too. Read her article on recommended ingredients and her own Dough Enhancer recipe right here: http://food.families.com/blog/homemade-wheat-bread-part-2-the-ingredients.
I know, you’re thinking “is it really worth all this hassle when I can buy a loaf of wheat bread at the local bakery thrift store?”
That depends. If you just want to live cheap, then go to the thrift store. If you want to provide yourself and your family with the healthiest and tastiest possible option while saving money then get yourself to the kitchen! Read Teresa’s recipe for a mouth-watering batch of homemade whole wheat bread right here: http://food.families.com/blog/homemade-wheat-bread-part-3-the-recipe.
In this day and age of high convenience, low preparation food, we’re depriving our bodies of one of the most important things we could possibly ingest, fiber. You won’t get it at a drive through and you won’t get it from the pizza delivery guy. Why not get it from the best possible source? Homemade bread isn’t as much hassle as you may think and your family will definitely thank you for it!