I feel like you may have popped by this post on the off chance that homemade bread might actually be good for you! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to eat more of that delicious loaf!
Well my friend today you have stopped by the right blog. I am giving you 10 reasons why you should feel good about including homemade bread into your diet. These are all of the best benefits of homemade bread! You might even feel okay with indulging a little too after reading this post;)
Here are my main 10 reasons you should be making your own homemade bread at home:
It tastes WAY Better-do we really need another 9 reasons??? I didn’t think so….but here they are anyways.
It’s CONSIDERABLY cheaper.
You can customize your bread and have full control of the ingredients–allergies anyone?
That means your homemade bread will be preservative free!
You can have fresh bread when you need it-no more wasting store bought bread. Plus you won’t be wasting the packaging that store bought bread comes in.
It takes almost no time at all-especially with a bread machine.
Making your own bread can be considered a fun hobby!
If you choose to knead your own bread this can be a form of meditative repetition-leading to stress relief.
You can create special loaves for friends and family as gifts.
You can reconnect with your roots. Breads have been made by almost every culture around the world for over 10,000 years now!
BONUS: It’s ACTUALLY more convenient! Once you learn to make your own bread at home you don’t have to worry about running out. This was a LEGITIMATE concern of mine as a mom to 4 kids age 7 and under!
Let’s dive in to the above 10 reasons to make homemade bread!
It Tastes WAY Better
There really isn’t much discussion to be had here. We all know what a huge difference there is between even the most basic homemade white bread recipe and the loaf of Wonder Bread you can grab in store!
Of course you can always go to your local bakery for that homemade, fresh from the oven taste. However, you will most definitely be paying a pretty penny for someone else to make that delicacy for you.
It’s CONSIDERABLY Cheaper
So why not just make it yourself?
Seriously, how much does a big bag of flour cost?
Here in Alberta, Canada I can pick up a 10kg bag of all purpose flour (totally fine for making bread) for $8.00 on sale.
Of course you will need water, salt, sugar, some form of fat (usually vegetable oil), and if you really want to be fancy, some milk (plant milks only on this blog!)
There are different varieties of bread where you could add all sorts of ingredients. Regardless, if you were to pick up that same Cinnamon Raisin Loaf from a specialty bakery, you would be paying quadruple the price.
Just make it at home.
Homemade Bread is FULLY Customizable
Whether you feel like a cheesy onion bread, or a sweet orange cranberry loaf, you can have it!
This is perfect for people with dietary restrictions-or even more serious, allergies.
Most of the loaves you will find on my blog are all allergy friendly because they are vegan. No dairy, butter or eggs here!
There are no Preservatives in Homemade Bread
This is a huge bonus for me.
Our diet isn’t perfect, and I’m definitely not a purest when it comes to healthy eating.
I do try and avoid added chemicals and preservatives where I can.
Especially when making my own bread is so easy, I just don’t see a point to eating bread that’s made to last for 2 weeks or longer!
My homemade bread usually stays fresh for about 4 days or so before it begins to dry out and taste a little stale.
Around my house this NEVER happens because, as I mentioned, I have a whole house full of bread fiends!
Reduce Your Waste by Eating Homemade Bread
It seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds lately.
We all are trying to be more considerate about waste production-and reduction!
Why not do your part in a delicious way by making your own bread?
You will be able to completely cut out the packaging associated with store bought bread.
I still use plastic to store my homemade bread, but I reuse my large Ziploc bag MANY times before it needs to be replaced.
You could take it a step further even by using a glass container with a lid to store yours!
And speaking of waste….how many times have you purchased too much bread and it’s gone bad before you remembered to throw it in the freezer?
I know it’s happened to me before.
Making your own bread at home allows for an “on demand” process.
Plus-we did mention how good it tastes, so I doubt you’ll be forgetting to eat the homemade stuff!
It’s Pretty Fast to Make
Most of my homemade bread recipes are placed on the “basic” cycle of my bread maker. This cycle lasts for around 3 hours.
That can sound like a long time, but really, you just set it and forget it!
I don’t need to wait around for my bread maker to finish baking my bread.
Most of the time I put my ingredients in before bed. Then when the family wakes up we have a fresh loaf (2 actually, once we slice it!) waiting for us.
OOOH! And here’s another BONUS for you-waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread!
I LOVE making my own bread!
I mean, I did start an entire blog about it!!
Making your own bread is an amazing form of creative expression! There are endless combinations of texture and flavor to experiment with!
Once you really get in to the science behind the bread making process it gets even more exciting (super nerd talking here!!)
Knead some Stress Relief?
For real-if you get in to making your own bread by hand it becomes a serious form of stress reduction!
You have to knead a typical bread ball for around 10 minutes.
That’s 10 minutes of repetition where you can zone out and meditate a little.
It’s like one of those stress balls-except you get to eat it after!
Make Some Gifts
People love the heartfelt sentiment of a homemade gift.
People also love being able to share food together.
Why not put the two together and bring a fresh loaf of homemade bread to your next gathering.
Make it special by braiding the dough and forming a ring. Then you can bake it and place a nice candle or bowl of butter inside the ring.
Feel Close to Those Who Came Before You
It’s such a human act-making bread. Almost every culture around the globe has some form of bread.
Delve a little deeper into your history by making loaves traditional to your families culture and heritage.
Learn a little more about where you come from, through exploring food!
Is Home Made Bread Good For You?
With all of the above mentioned benefits to making your bread at home, I do believe that making your own bread is healthier than buying it from a store.
Should we eat a loaf of bread every day to ourselves and call it health food-probably not!
But I think it’s safe to say that there is a lot more to consider when making bread yourself than just calories and nutrition.