|fresh bread sliced and ready for use|
Now bread is one of those things that takes time and I usually don't have it, but I wish I could do it 100% of the time because is tastes so much better and costs WAY less. It takes at most 5 minutes to get the bread machine started and it's done in 2 and a half hours. When I am doing good, I will throw the ingredients in while I am fixing dinner and then it will be finished before bed. For us, each loaf lasts about 3 to 4 days between breakfast and lunches, so a couple days a week is all I have to commit to getting the bread machine going!
Cost Comparison: approximately $0.40 per 32 oz. bread machine loaf VS. $0.85 per 20 oz. Aldi loaf
It comes out to about the same amount of slices since homemade bread is more dense than store bought which makes is more than a 50% discount. When you eat as much bread as we do, this adds up fast! I love the fact if I am not due for a store run, I can throw my ingredients into the bread machine and avoid a trip just for bread. Also, I haven't experiment with the bread machine too much yet, but there is a recipe for bagels, pretzels, and so many other things.
I just started a fresh loaf and will upload a pic later when it's complete!