It makes so much sense to bake your own bread. Everything about homemade bread is better: it is much healthier, cheaper, and tastier than store-bought; it makes the house smell wonderful; and, believe it or not, once you get the hang of it, making bread can feel easier than going to the market.
Why would you want to do this?
You want to eat better and exercise your creative side in the kitchen.
Is there an easier way?
Bread machines have many benefits (they do all of the work for you, and you can wake up to freshly baked bread) but just as many drawbacks (they are expensive; they are big; in my family’s opinion, the crust isn’t great; you can waste ingredients on failed batches and not find out until it’s too late). The more you bake bread by hand, the more you’ll see how easy it can be and the more you’ll want to experiment.
As with many homemade food products, the materials cost less and yield more than the packaged versions.
This article was excerpted with permission from the book Urban Farm Projects: Making the Most of Your Money, Space, and Stuff, copyright 2014, I-5 Publishing, LLC. For more budget-friendly and environmentally conscience projects and recipes, pick up a copy today!