As I’m attempting to make and bake more things from scratch, I knew I needed to at least try to make some baked goods. I am a much better cook than I am baker, and I’ve gotta say, I’m still intimidated by baking bread!
I’ve made several loaves in a bread machine before, but the loaves seem too small to be worth the trouble.
I got my hands on a simple-looking bread recipe, so I thought I ought to get some practice.
On the recommendation of this blogger, I bought a 5-lb. sack of organic white whole wheat flour from King Arthur. This flour is supposed to be lighter than some varieties of whole wheat flour. I chose organic because I wanted to be certain this was a natural wheat, and not one made from genetically modified seeds or seeds from the evil Monsanto corporation.
This sack of flour set me back about $9. Yikes! I’ve seen the cheapie bleached all-purpose flour at $2/sack — maybe even less with coupons.
I wondered if this flour would truly be worth the cost. I would be able to make my own baked goods using organic flour and that was bound to be cheaper than pre-made organic goods, right? And maybe cheaper than some conventional products, depending on my other ingredients.
With this flour, I made chocolate chip cookies, apple-banana-oat cookies, pancakes, a small loaf of bread, two large loaves of bread, and I will also make tortillas. That will probably be the last of the bag.
If I bought prepackaged versions, I’d probably spend at least $25. Of course, the baked goods I made required more than flour — but the other ingredients weren’t all that pricey.
So perhaps I saved $5-10 for doing these things myself. I suppose that’s worth it.
I need more practice making bread and tortillas and other foods like that. If I continue to enjoy it, I may consider getting a grain grinder and grinding wheat berries to make flour for additional savings. I don’t know where I can find those in bulk around here so it may not be a feasible option.
What do you think? Should I keep on buying that spendy flour? Or are there other alternatives I should consider?