When you walk into many large supermarkets, you can smell freshly baked bread. Why? Because this really is one of the best smells in the world! In a store, this is to tempt you to spend money. But what about having the smell of freshly baked bread at home? Are you tempted by the thought of your own bread, or do you think it is not worth the effort? Is homemade bread really better than shop bought bread?
Buy a Bread Machine
One of the problems is that shop bought bread is so cheap and very convenient, it seems silly not to take advantage of this. Making your own bread takes more time than it would take you to drive to the shop and buy a loaf.
However, if you buy a bread machine, the machine is doing all the work. Yes, it may take a couple of hours to make a loaf of bread, but you don’t have to do anything during that time. You could even be asleep. If you are looking to buy a bread machine, do your research as there are many different models and features available now. For reviews of the latest models, try the Oven Shopper site which also has general buying information on the best bread makers.
Cost of the Loaf
You may think that a shop loaf is cheaper but think about the quality of the bread you are buying. Yes, the loaf is quite cheap but it is filled with salt and other additives. Think about the cost of an artisan loaf in a store. That is what you should be comparing a home-baked loaf with. If you regularly bake bread at home, and bulk buy the essential ingredients, your bread will not only be cheaper but also taste far better than a shop produced equivalent.
Your Healthier Loaf
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a shop produced loaf of bread? You probably won’t even know what many of them are. What is an emulsifier anyway? When you make your own bread, you know exactly what is going into it. It is not chock full of preservatives and additives.
People often ask if their bread is missing some of the added nutrients of shop bought loaves. You see them advertised with added vitamins and iron or even calcium. Don’t be alarmed by this as it is often used to make bread appear healthier. However, you could fortify your own bread when you make it.
Your Adaptable Bread
When you are making your own bread, you can practically add anything. If you wanted to increase the nutritional value of your bread, there are some things you can add to it. Try adding some breakfast cereal like ready oats. This will increase the calcium and some vitamins in your homemade loaf. Use whole wheat flour and add seeds to also increase vitamin levels.Seeds such as sesame, pumpkin or sunflower are great and tasty additions. Just remember that if you eat a healthy diet with lots of variety, you don’t need extra vitamins as you should get the recommended levels from your normal food.
However, when you are making your own bread, you can add or change ingredients to your own taste. If you need to cut out gluten, gluten-free products are very expensive. Make your own bread with gluten-free flour at a much-reduced cost. You could also increase the fibre content.
Use Good Fats
As well as changing the flours or adding extra ingredients such as seeds, you can make your homemade bread healthier by changing the fat. Shop bought bread is very high in fat, again check the label. If you are making your own, you can switch to a healthier fat such as olive oil. You can even find recipes with no added fat.
Buying your bread ready made from a store is certainly convenient. However, the benefits of making your own bread outweigh the convenience of having quick access to a shop bought loaf of bread. Be your own judge though. Whatever the health benefits of making your own bread, just the fact that it will taste so much better should be enough. Make a loaf of bread today, and make up your own mind. Once you’ve tasted homemade bread, you won’t go back to shop bought.