The Lowdown: You might have a bread maker. You’ve probably never used it. If you don’t have one, here’s a little known secret: there are certain items that always find their way into garage sales, still unused, still boxed up. Most of these items are kitchen accessories (vegetable steamers and bread makers top the list) gifted or purchased with good intentions. Their loss is your gain!
Break out the bread maker . . . it’s time to make a loaf!
How to Make Your Own Bread and Save the Environment
Making your own bread with today’s bread makers is virtually fool-proof. Most come with simple recipes and instructions (read the instructions carefully. When you mix ingredients, they should be added first, next, yeast on top). You toss the ingredients, in order, into the machine. (It’s also fun to kick one of your feet up in the back as you toss, toes pointed down. Gentlemen can do a right hook/toss combination.) You click the appropriate setting and return after 2-3 hours to a lovely loaf of bread.
If you’ve feared your bread maker . . . it really is that easy.
To make a basic white/French bread you need only water, vegetable oil, flour, salt and dry yeast. If you buy these items in bulk you will end up paying between $0.50 and $0.70 per loaf. Wheat bread will cost you a bit more, and organic a bit more than that. But seriously, when’s the last time you paid under a buck for a loaf of bread? And knowing what actually went into your bread? Priceless.
Eco Brownie Points:
- Save a bread maker from the landfill
- Cut down on packaging for your weekly loaf of bread
- Cut down on the oil needed to make and ship the bread and its ingredients
- Extra credit: buy organic ingredients and help sustain the environment!