Baking bread is a whole lot of fun, even if you don’t realize it at first. Many people wonder why they would ever consider making their own bread when it’s just as easy to go down to the store, pick out a little, and bring it home. However, if you have ever read the ingredients list within the bread that you buy, you may start to wonder whether you are doing the right thing by your body.
Control the Ingredients
One of the biggest reasons to be your own bread is because you have full control of the ingredients. The next time you’re at the store, turn over the loaf of bread and start reading through the ingredients list. You may find things such as whole-wheat flour, niacin, riboflavin, water, cracked wheat, gluten, yeast, nuts, sunflower seeds, soybean oil, salt, and a long list of other things.
Now, if you are allergic to any food, such as gluten or nuts, it may be virtually impossible to find a local bread that works well for you. Especially if you are allergic to multiple foods, it can be nearly impossible.
Even if you aren’t allergic to foods, you may be trying to follow the blood type diet. For example, if you are type O, you need to eliminate wheat and dairy from your diet entirely. This means that 99% of the loaves of bread on the shelves of your grocery store are out of the question for you to consume.
Tools Make it Easy
Baking bread can bring you a lot of pleasure. You can bake all sorts of different types of bread, ranging from rye to pumpernickel to straight up white bread. By controlling all of the ingredients, you can enjoy the bread that you love without having any of the “no” ingredients.
There are plenty of tools to make it easy to bake bread. You can get a bread machine, bread pans and various shapes and sizes, stand mixers, and more. This means you don’t have to be a professional pastry chef just to make a few loaves of bread.
You Save Money
Particularly if you are allergic to certain ingredients, you may be used to buying bread from specialty stores. In some instances, a loaf of bread could cost you upwards of $10 – and that’s a lot of money for maybe 10 to 12 slices of bread.
When you take control of baking your own bread, you get to save money. This is because you are buying all of the ingredients, and when you buy in bulk, you can save even more. You may be able to spend $20 and get four loaves of bread – or even more out of that money. That’s going to be a considerable savings over time – and you get the peace of mind knowing that you are aware of each and every ingredient inside of the loaf so that you can eat it without questioning the integrity.