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Part 5 of my 10 part series on The Top 10 Things I Don’t Pay For is on bread!
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I grew up in Germany where they sell real bread, freshly baked each day at mom and pop style bakeries. Their bread is FABULOUS! I love a crusty, crunchy, flavorful bread. We moved back to the States from Germany in 1988 and one of the things I missed the most was their bread.
In fact, when I studied abroad (in Germany, of course) during college, I bought bread and carried loaves back to the States in my suitcase!! 🙂
Anyway, I went over to the little grocery store to price bread today. Bread costs anywhere from $1.09 a loaf (for essentially plastic bread) to $3.69 for Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat bread.
According to fooducate.com blog, these are the ingredients in Sara Lee Soft & Smooth 100% Whole Wheat bread:
Enriched Bleach Flour [Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid], Water, Whole Grain [Whole Wheat Flour, Brown Rice Flour (Rice Flour, Rice Bran Including Germ)], Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Yeast, Cellulose, Contains 2% or Less of Each of Following: Calcium Sulfate, Soybean Oil, Salt, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One or More of the Following: Mono- and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono- and Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Calcium Peroxide, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Enzymes), Guar Gum, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Distilled Vinegar, Butter (Cream, Salt), Yeast Nutrients (Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate and/or Calcium Carbonate), Corn Starch, Natural Flavor, Vitamin D3, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour.
Besides being full of ingredients I can’t pronounce, it’s also full of sugar and lacking in fiber. I couldn’t replicate this recipe if I wanted to.
Bleh. That’s what I have to say about most of the commercially prepared breads for sale in traditional American grocery stores. So I make my own using only ingredients I can pronounce! 🙂
Not only does homemade bread have real, healthy ingredients, it’s also cheaper! I buy my wheat berries in bulk. A 50 lb bag of wheat berries cost me $20 in January and yields upwards of 225 cups of flour.
I make 5 loaves of bread with about 13 cups of flour.