Bread is one of the big staples in this country. I remember hearing my mom say things like "Well we can always use this to buy our bread and milk". I used to keep bread in the house all the time to make sandwiches, eat with butter, etc, but as I got more into nutrition, I realized that my body does better without breads. A big part of this is gluten. I know-- you're probably tired of reading about how gluten is terrible for you and how so many people are on gluten free diets. I will be the first to say-- I'm not gluten free-- maybe I should be-- but I'm not. I buy some gluten free things like pasta and sometimes I get pizza that is gluten free. I think limiting gluten is a good idea for sure.
So what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in some grains, such a wheat, barely, and rye, that helps things stick together. You can read more about gluten here. One of the biggest problems with gluten is those sticky little devils like to stick to the nerve receptors all over our body. They clog them up and it can lead to problem other than digestive issues. So many people think that gluten is something that just effects the digestive system- but it effects sooo much more-- but we can get into that later.
If you are going to have gluten in your diet-- primarily wheat-- I would suggest making your own wheat products and going gluten free on the ones that you cannot or don't know how to make yourself. One of the big things is bread. My husband and I don't have bread around the house too often, but once in a while we indulge. I honestly don't like buying bread from the local bakery or from whole foods bakery. I like to be able to see everything that is going into my bread-- or foods.
My husband and I like to live as frugal as possible. Which isn't always easy when you live a life that is chemical free & don't eat processed foods! One of the points I made in my post, Healthy on a budget, was to bake your own bread instead of buying it. #1 You know exactly what is going into it. #2 You save money. #3 Don't home cooked things always taste better??
I used to always make my bread in a bread maker I got second hand, but it always bakes my bread in some oddly shaped "loaf" and I wanted to find a way to have an actual loaf that didn't fall apart as soon as I cut it--- so that if I wanted to have a sandwich-- a once in a while thing-- I could!
I scoured the internet and came across this recipe and I adapted it to fit our needs.
I followed all of the same instructions--- but changed the ingredients a little bit!
Ingredients I used:
1 cup water
5 Tablespoons melted grass fed butter-- my favorite kind
3 Tablespoons raw honey- buy local or you can buy this kind
1.5 teaspoons pink Himalayan sea salt
4 cups biodynamic wheat flour-- you can also use Unbleached Organic Wheat Flour as well-- this is my favorite kind.
2 teaspoons yeast
It made some AMAZING bread-- 2 loaves to be exact! If you let it cool overnight-- it is very easy to cut into thinner slices!
To make this recipe it costs me 62 cents! 62 cents for 2 loaves of bread! If I make it with organic unbleached wheat flour instead of biodynamic wheat flour-- it would be 51 cents for 2 loaves of bread! Your price might vary! I usually buy everything I can in bulk either on amazon or my local costco!
Honestly you can't go wrong! For 1 loaf of honey wheat bread at Whole Foods, I would pay $3.79!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!