Have I mentioned that teen aged Cowboys eat like vultures? I have? Well, I’m sayin’ it again!
My only tricks for keepin’ ‘em fed without breakin’ the bank are as follows.
- Feed ‘em beans.
- Homemade food is cheaper than store bought junk.
- Home baked bread is FAR cheaper and FAR more wholesome than any other bread you can buy.
I thought I would try to break down the cost of my home baked bread and compare it to the (at least) $3/loaf that I would otherwise have to shell out.
I’m not gonna factor in the equipment I use, because, #1. I expect it to last my whole life and I don’t yet know how long I’m gonna live, and #2. You could use a different kind of mill than I have and you could use a different kind of mixer or just your hands and still make bread. Too many variables for this time of night.
But, we can have a good look at the ingredients. (Oh yeah, not gonna work out how much it costs to run my oven either. Sorry.) So, just the ingredients.
I make a 5 loaf batch. The costs are for a whole batch.
- Wheat berries – $1.32
- Olive Oil – $0.75
- Honey – $0.93
- Yeast – $0.32
- Sea Salt – $0.08
Ready for this? Total cost of ingredients to make 5 loaves of the healthiest bread I know how to make is $3.40. For FIVE LOAVES of bread! That’s $0.68 per loaf!
Shocked myself just there! Wow! I knew it was saving us a bundle, I just never ran the numbers before.
If I were to serve only store bought bread we would use about 10 loaves a week. $30 minimum. The home baked bread gets made an average of 2.5 times per week. $8.50 + electricity to run my mill, mixer and oven.
No contest, folks!
You may be wondering, why we would eat more loaves of home baked bread than of store bought bread. Well, I guess you might wonder that if you’ve never eaten home baked bread. It’s delicious! And it’s so wholesome that I just don’t hesitate when the kids ask for another piece of bread.
And if you don’t mind getting your toes stepped on a little bit, check out this marvelous article called The Bread of Idleness by Sue Becker. Read that and then go have a productive day! :D
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