I am determined to keep up with a menu, and cut the grocery bill each week. One way to do that is cooking with scratch and utilizing the pantry.
Wheat is a staple in our pantry. Grinding our own flour and making our own bread, noodles, etc. saves money.
I love homemade bread!
It not only saves money making your own bread, but I know what is in it and it taste so much better that store bought.
The disadvantage, baking takes time, and it makes a mess of my kitchen. So, when I bake bread, I make extra for later. It does not take that much more time, and the kitchen is already a mess!
You can freeze the baked loaves of bread or freeze the dough. I love freshly baked bread,so I prefer to freeze the dough.
I make several batches of bread dough (wheat and french bread). I let the bread rise once, shape the dough into loaves as if I was going to bake it. Instead of placing in the oven, it goes into the freezer. I set it in the freezer ( on wax paper/freezer paper) until the bread is firm (1-2 hours) I then put the loaves into freezer bags.
It is recommended to use within 2-3 months.
Now, when I want fresh baked bread, I take it out of the freezer, let it thaw and bake it, while I cook dinner.
It has been a couple of weeks since I have made bread, but I am still enjoying a fresh loaf out of the oven at dinner time.
A couple of my favorite bread recipes-
Whole Wheat Bread
How do you add convenience to "cooking from scratch?"