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Bread making on the cheap


My article from the Herald on Sunday:

Bargain Betty: Breadmaker adds to culinary mix

I love good bread. In fact, a great baguette or fresh Turkish pide pretty much top my list of favourite foods.

The trouble is that I get indigestion at the thought of spending $5 or more on a loaf, which in reality contains little more than flour, water, yeast and oil/fat.

If I acceded to my children’s demands I’d be buying MacKenzie bread at $5.11 a loaf – just for half of it to be left uneaten in their lunchboxes.

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3 Comments to

“Bread making on the cheap”

  1. On October 18th, 2010 at 7:58 pm chris Says:

    I’ve been through three bread makers in ten years, there is indeed a sense of satisfaction in doing it yourself and the bonus of that lovely odour of breading baking.

    I’ve never worked out the cost effectiveness of making my own bread, but since you have reported Consumer magazine’s pricing in your Herald article can I make one observation?

    Domestic bread maker baking pans are considerable smaller than the regular-sized loaves you buy in supermarkets. You would have to make two loaves in your home bread maker to equal the number of slices you get in a shop-bought loaf.

    So it seems the real price for home-baked loaves is more like 2x$2=$4, which does not make it as affordable as Consumer suggests.

    But you are quite correct about specialty loaves and dough making.

  2. On October 18th, 2010 at 9:39 pm Bargain Betty Says:

    Good point Chris. However the Consumer comparisons were on weight I believe. Oddly enough this came in while I had a loaf in my Panasonic breadmaker. My loaf is definitely heavier than the MacKenzie loaves. However as you point out there will be fewer slices. Having said that, do we count a loaf of bread on slices or weight/calories.
    I’m actually convinced my loaves don’t cost as much as the Consumer estimates becuase I always buy the ingredients on sale/in bulk etc etc.

  3. On October 18th, 2010 at 9:40 pm Bargain Betty Says:

    Just found some links about the cost of home-baked bread.

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