I don't talk a ton about it, but I am one of those hippy mamas.. and proudly.
I only use Vinegar to clean.
I like to buy organic.
I wish I could have chickens.
I also suddenly realized how completely insane I am sometimes.
Through some wild hair up my you -know -what I decided I was going to bake my own daily bread for my family.
I know, I know, this is where I get even nuttier, but organic bread is way expensive and I like to know what goes in my food without all of that high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and junk.
I did discover that while baking bread is not as hard as I thought it was, (and I do actually enjoy it,) and that those little piggies around my house eat close to 2 loaves a week! 2 loaves! A week! Do you know how much baking that is! Do you know how many carbs that is? Do you think they gain a pound?
After I made it,
My hubby said, "Wow, this is really good bread."
My kids said, "This isn't like the stuff in the bag. We like that better."
Bread. in. a. plastic. bag.
So, I am using the book and baking twice a week, and it has some great recipes, but it is no 5 minutes a day. Believe me. But, you can keep the dough in the fridge which cuts down the prep time a lot. I take it out, let it rise and then toss it in after dinner while the oven is still on and we are eating. Or if I know I am going to be at home doing the drudgery of housework or laundry, I'll pop it in.
It is pretty good bread.
I will say though, on a cheaper note,the whole wheat recipe on the back of the Redstart yeast packet is pretty good too.
Is it cheaper? I am not sure. I buy the stuff in bulk. It's also not as easy as buying a loaf from the store either. They do eat it (well, there's nothing else, is there little dears.), but still complain just a bit.
I have to admit though, I am thinking about putting the flippin' stuff in a plastic bread bag for them.