Wouldn't you agree?
Not much beats the taste, satisfaction, and pure bliss of biting into a warm slice of fresh-out-of-the-oven homemade bread.
Even more so when topped with some oozing butter (which your arteries may not be too happy about) or a thick slick of your favorite marmalade!
There's just something nostalgic and gratifying about a fresh loaf, especially homemade. It becomes a culinary experience that is worth the effort!
Yet, many of us miss out on this fantastic experience daily.
Homemade vs. Store-Bought Bread
Bread finds itself more often than not on our shopping lists. It is a staple that you can count on anytime hunger strikes.
But have you ever actually taken a closer look at the ingredients of a store-bought bread?
The next time you buy bread, do yourself a favor and flip your favorite bread over to read the back. You'll be shocked to find emulsifiers, preservatives, and many other ingredients that really shouldn't be in bread.
Bread often gets a bad rap due to supposedly "bad" carbs, being a high GI (glycemic index) food, and being processed. Which, in some instances, especially for store-bought bread, is true. But the reality is that grains are more difficult to digest these days due to added ingredients and wheat crops being genetically modified. All adding to health problems, including weight-gain and diabetes.
In actual fact, bread and carbs are not the enemies. Carbs are essential for optimal bodily function.
Instead, the chemical processes, ingredients, and additives are the enemies. These are the things making our bread and food unhealthy.
Fortunately for us as the consumer, unfortunately for the manufacturers, we are taking back the power! Consumers are becoming more health-conscious and care about what they put in their bodies instead of trusting a list of ingredients.
Is it maybe time you ditched store-bought bread and started making your own, being in total control of the ingredients?
You might just do that when you learn about the major differences and the advantages of choosing homemade over store-bought bread.
The Issue With Store Bought BreadFor most of us, bread is bread. Whether that comes from a store, the bakery, or is homemade. We don't know the difference, often don't really care, or just don't have the time and energy to make our own.
Unfortunately, as technology evolves and the demand increases, manufacturers are adulterating our bread. And this is degrading our health.
Digestive troubles like bloating, irritable bowels, and intolerance for wheat have become a global problem.
Artificial fertilizers, pesticides, high-yielding wheat varieties, preservatives, and enzymes are used by wheat farmers and pushed by industrial bread companies to meet the massive consumer demand and keep bread fresher for longer.
All these extras and "altercations" are affecting our health in the long run.
Why should we eat ingredients we can't even pronounce? Why not keep it as natural as possible as mother nature intended?
Why is Homemade Bread Better?So why homemade bread? In a world full of chaos and rush, should you really be worried about your bread too??
Yes, it is true, there are more pressing things than something as simple as bread and it should not add to your to-do list if you are already stretched to the max.
But, still, we want to share with you the benefits of baking homemade bread. It might just be what you need, who knows ;-)
Let's not lie. It tastes way better!Maybe you are on team store-bought, but homemade bread gets our vote all the way! Fresh, hearty, warm, and soft triumphs!
Sure, you can go to your local bakery and get fresh bread daily. But the satisfaction of baking it yourself won't be there, and you'll be paying someone else for something so easy to do yourself.
You are in charge of the ingredients
Feeling like garlic and onion bread? Perhaps something with cheese and herbs? Or maybe you are in the mood for something sweet like cinnamon and raisins? No problem!
This is what makes homemade bread so magical! You are in total control of the flavor and the ingredients and can be rest assured that everything you use is to your liking, clean and fresh.
Choose your favorite flour, for example, whole wheat, oat, rye, or barley flour, instead of standard white flour.
If you or a family member has allergies or diet preferences such as veganism, you could tailor the the recipe and avoid ingredients such as eggs, dairy or gluten.
You can also control the amount of sugar used and include toppings such as nuts, seeds, and other natural flavorants to your liking.
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You''ll avoid undesired ingredientsHomemade bread doesn't contain any chemicals, artificial additives, preservatives, or enzymes. These are often used in store-bought bread to make them stay fresher for longer and enhance the taste.
You don't have to worry about added sugars in the form of processed fructose corn syrup or dextrose, which are just empty calories.
Store-bought bread is also often higher in sodium and contains more trans fats due to margarine and vegetable shortening. Whereas, in your homemade bread, you can use healthy unsaturated fats such as extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil.
It can relieve stress & bring enjoyment
One of the main reasons people love making homemade bread is the enjoyment and satisfaction it brings! Making something yourself or experimenting with a new recipe is exciting!
There is something special about kneading the bread with your own hands and watching in anticipation as the dough rises into a perfectly baked loaf.
Mixing ingredients and kneading the dough can be a great way to release stress, and many find the baking process soothing. We all know that one person that turns to baking when the going gets tough ;-)
The joy of gifting a baked break to a host or a friend is also quite pleasing and humbling at the same time! Everyone appreciates fresh bread!
Reduce your waste by eating homemade bread
People all over the world are becoming more conscious of waste and recycling. If we all can contribute to reducing waste and usage, even by just a little, imagine what impact we can make!
Making homemade bread will drastically cut down on packaging and plastic that comes with store-bought bread.
You may still use plastic to store your homemade bread, but you can choose to use a large Ziploc bag which can be reused many times before it needs to be replaced. Or be even more eco-conscious and use a glass container to store your bread in!
Speaking of waste….how many of us are guilty of purchasing too much bread or forgetting to refrigerate it, only to have to throw it away when it has gone bad?! With homemade bread, it will probably be gulped up within a few hours! And best of all, you know exactly how old your bread is.
Is Homemade Bread Cheaper?
Yes, you could probably find very affordable bread at the shop right around the corner, but at what cost?
Giving up the experience of eating freshly made, straight out-of-the-oven bread? Or digesting many undesired, unnecessary ingredients that may harm you in the long run?
And sure, many bakeries make super healthy, organic fresh bread daily. But those come at a higher cost.
Then there's the matter of electricity and the most precious commodity of all, your time...
So in the end, the "cost" of store-bought or homemade bread will depend on many things. It's kinda like comparing apples with oranges, a bit difficult...
However, you can lower the cost of homemade bread by making more than one bread at a time. This will reduce the cost of electricity, gas to buy ingredients, and your time significantly. Any leftovers or excess bread that won't be eaten within the next two days can be frozen or gifted!
How to Start Making Your Own Bread
As with all things homemade, it does take time and a bit of effort to make homemade bread. But, the reward is priceless!
If you are a newly aspired baker, keep it simple and find a recipe that does not require many ingredients, steps, and a lot of kneading. You'll find endless recipes online when searching for "easy bread recipes" or "no-knead recipes".
Bread that requires no kneading involves mixing a batch of moist dough and storing it in the fridge for a few weeks. When you are ready to make bread, you will simply take the amount of dough you need, shape it into a loaf, let it rise, and bake!
If the thought of kneading and baking still stresses you out (or you just don't have time), invest in a bread-making machine that will do most of the elbow grease for you and cut down on baking time.
As you get more experienced and confident, move on to other exciting, interesting recipes to expand your impressive bread-making skills! The options are limitless!
Still unsure and feeling intimidated? Well, then we have something just for you!
Join our bread baking class for a memorable evening with your friends and loved ones, or as a treat to yourself.
It's so much more than just learning how to bake delicious homemade bread! It's moments shared with family, the satisfaction of something accomplished, and the pure joy of taking that first warm, crisp bite.
Our experienced Chef Patty will teach you techniques of all the basic elements of bread baking. You'll learn how to make a variety of wholegrain loaves with simple, instructional videos.
Fresh bread never tasted better!!
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