One of the ways I keep my grocery budget at around $250 a month for my family of 6 is to bake my own bread from flour I grind myself.
When my husband separated from the Air Force in 2006 and we decided to start our own business, I knew I would need money saving ideas if I wanted to continue eating as healthy as possible. My husband’s co-worker’s wife told me about grinding her own flour and I was intrigued. Once she mentioned the many health benefits of freshly ground flour, and how cheap it is, I was hooked.
My two most prized kitchen possessions are my BOSCH Universal mixer and my NUTRIMILL wheat grinder. The start up equipment cost was a bit pricey, but the reward is super healthy, homemade bread for pennies on the dollar today. I am so glad I bought them.
These two appliances allow me to whip of FIVE batches of bread, from start to finish, in under 1 1/2 hours. That includes the time it takes to find all the ingredients, grind the flour, mix, knead, rise, bake, and clean up!
The process is very simple. Dump the ingredients in the Bosch, turn it on, and let it mix for 5 minutes. Take the kneaded dough out, form it into 5 loaves, let it rise until doubled in size (about 30 minutes), and then bake for 30 minutes. DONE! Spread with butter and EAT!
Here is theMaster Bread Recipe from the book I bought with my Nutrimill, called “Healthy Recipes from the Heart of Our Homes: In the Kitchen with Phyllis and Shirley.” The book, as well as the equipment and tons of kitchen goodies are available here.