The reason for this is threefold:
- If you forego buying bread at the store, you will have made a healthier choice firstly, by choosing to eat bread without added chemicals, sweeteners and hydrogenated oils.
- Secondly, you will have created something with your hands to consume. Into your body. Yes. That is good stuff.
- And thirdly, You will literally not believe how freaking delicious homemade bread is if you have never made it before. (And I'm not one to overuse the word literally.)
I believe that we homesteaders (that includes homestead wannabes!) are creators and generally want to be conscious of the foods we put into our bodies. Even so, I don't know how many times we have fallen back on store bought bread for a meal of sandwiches or toast. BUT, if you schedule in the time to make homemade bread once or twice a week, I really believe that some part of your homesteader's soul will be satisfied. Even if you're not able to grow a garden this year. Even if you live in the middle of a booming metropolis. Even if no other part of your life is centered around this ideal. Then, when you do fall back on sandwiches, or toast with cream cheese for a meal, it won't feel like a fall-back at all.
- This recipe from Betty Crocker is our staple. I buy our yeast in bulk, so I use 2 tablespoons of yeast instead of 2 packets.
- We use Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day when we need bread throughout the week with little effort. There are all different flavors of bread in this book, but our favorites are the basic recipe, and the cornmeal one (which is similar to what we use for barquitos