I don’t know about you, but there’s just something special about the smell of fresh, hot homemade bread filling my whole house that makes my heart happy and my mouth water. It is one of those comforting feelings I love about my home. I LOVE homemade bread. In fact, I’ve started making all of my own bread (well, most of the time!). Of course, there are some days when my schedule is just so crazy that I can’t quite seem to fit in time to make the bread. But, for most of this last school year, I’ve made homemade bread for my kids. People may think I’m crazy for making my own bread. But, I’d like to share with you my 5 reasons to make homemade bread.
- Homemade bread is delicious! I don’t know too many people who would ever turn down a loaf of fresh homemade bread. Seriously, I would much rather bite into a piece of homemade bread any day than what I can find at the store. To me, homemade bread has a rich, dense, wholesome flavor. I really can’t stand biting into a piece of bread and have it be so airy and light, I feel as though it is just junk. But, a word of caution, with homemade bread you have to be careful, it can become seriously addicting. You may never want to go back to store bought bread. Fresh homemade bread is on my list of favorite foods, right up there with homemade salsa.
- Homemade bread is healthy. Any time you use fresh whole ingredients, and leave the preservatives out, your food is more healthy. I use a recipe that calls for a mixture of whole wheat and enriched white flour. I purchase white wheat and then grind it myself to create the whole wheat flour, and I purchase the enriched white flour at the store in bulk. When I make homemade bread, it usually only lasts on the shelf for a couple of days. Whereas store bought bread seems not to grow mold for a week or more. (Why is it the good stuff that always has a short shelf life?) I make two loaves at time in my Kitchen Aid. Bread freezes really well. If our family didn’t go through bread as fast as we do, I would freeze the second loaf, or I’d freeze the dough for the second loaf and then bake it later so I could enjoy the fresh taste.
- Homemade bread is easy to make! Bear with me here! I know that a lot of people are intimidated by the thought of attempting to make homemade bread. I used to feel that way too. But, my friend Emily is an amazing at making bread. I asked her if she could show me her techniques and share her tips. And that has made all the difference in the world. The important thing is that you try. Experiment a little. Your bread may not turn out perfect the first, second, or even third time. But, don’t give up. Just realize that sometimes it takes a while to learn a new skill. Be patient with yourself. I realize that not everyone has an Emily. So, if you’re struggling with texture or elasticity, just find a bread making tutorial. I know there are a ton out there!
- Homemade bread is cheaper than store bought! Yes, you read that right! It typically costs me less than 60 cents per loaf of homemade bread. Lately even the cheapest of cheap junk breads are over $1.50 to buy. My kids make their own lunches every morning. With six kids in the family, we go through a lot of bread. So saving money on bread is a huge deal to me. As I mentioned before, I make two loaves at a time. So, I get two loaves for around $1.20. Not too shabby!
- Making Homemade bread helps you become self-reliant. I’m not a doomsday-er, but if there were a natural disaster, or a raid on the stores in my area, I could rest easy knowing I can provide my family with one of the most basic foods. I have learned and practiced making bread. I researched and found a recipe that I feel comfortable with. My family already loves and eats the homemade bread I make. Any time you invest in learning to cook or bake and provide meals for your family, you are learning to become self-reliant. This skill has become invaluable to me.
- Bonus!! Homemade bread makes wonderful gifts! (I know the title of the post says 5 reasons to make homemade bread, but I just couldn’t stop at five!) It’s true, I just had to share. I have been on the receiving end of wonderful friends who have given me homemade bread. I love it. I have also made and given bread as gifts to my friends, kids’ teachers, and others. I love that investing a small amount of time and money can help bring a little comfort and love to others. Bread in any size loaf is great. Try giving with a half pint of your favorite homemade jelly. Your friends just may become addicted!
Now you know some of the reasons that I make homemade bread. Do you make bread? What are your reasons? Do you want to make your own bread, but have never tried yet? Well, hop in and experiment. It will be well worth the effort.
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