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Thrifty Bread Making

Written By: admin on January 26, 2010 3 Comments
In Croatia retail price of 650 grams white bread is $1.5 (US dollars) which makes it three times more expensive then current production cost of simple home made 700 gram bread which costs 40 cents:
  • 550 grams of wheat = 30 cents
  • 5 grams of yeast = 7 cents
  • 0.3 kWh electric energy = 3 cents
  • small amount of salt, sugar, vegetable oil and 300 grams of water,three hours baking time
If you decide to make your own bread you can buy larger wheat and yest packages further reducing cost of your home made bread.
High quality bread machines can be bought for less then $100, on yard sales prices can go as low as $20 making them affordable to almost anyone. Bread machines should have timer, number of programs for different bread types, most of them can be used to make JAM as well. They are very easy to use, if you measure ingredients properly and adhere to recipes you’ve got with your bread machine you’ll get perfect loaf every time, you just have to pour all ingredients into the machine (it take five minutes to do that) and you are free to do something else.
Taking into account price of the bread machine and price difference between retail and home made bread after baking less then hundred loafs in Croatia one can start to save more then one dollar daily 🙂
Feel free to comment on price difference in other countries, we heard that industrial bread making is highly profitable business in other countries too! Of course, freshness and quality are two ingredients that are seldom found in bread bought from retail stores. Additional fun factor for kids can be watching through the window of bread machine while it makes dough, making bread can become family event. You can make variates of breads whit yogurt, milk, various seeds and local ingredients.
More information about bread machines can be found on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_machines
One final tip is if you live alone you can take half a loaf and double wrap and freeze it for future use.


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