Tips for saving money on bread as posted by the ThriftyFun community.
Many people do not realize you can freeze loaves of bread for up to 3 months and they will be fine. I go to the bread outlets and will stock up on it, especially the markdown rack of loaves that are about to expire. Even cakes and cookies. Just place inside several plastic shopping bags and close tight and freeze. Let thaw to room temperature and you will never know it was frozen. And at bread outlets you can usually get 3 loaves for the price of one at a normal grocery store.
You can wrap your cakes, rolls and bread in white paper towels before putting in freezer bags and when thawed they will not be hard around edges. Especially bread, I have had some bread taken from freezer when thawed the crust is quite hard.
You can save money on bread by putting more on say one slice of toast instead of two. There is no law that a single slice of bread can't have more jelly on it. Or the lunch meat and cheese you put on a whole sandwich can't be put on a half of one. Either way you save, the calories of that one slice of bread and also save money.
One other thing, never buy just white bread. It has no glamour, looks or taste and it is way overpriced. When you go to buy day old bread, buy the ryes, the wheats, the potato and even pumpernickel if you have the nerve. Any of those breads without anything on them is more filling then white.
By Mr. Thrifty
I just learned that a couple of slices of bread will help "de-harden" over baked (or slightly stale) pastries ~cookies, brownies. Put a slice or two on top and bottom and seal in a reusable container or tin overnight. The moisture from the bread revives the goodies and poof! Good cookies again!
Make your own bread. Buy yeast by the 1 pound package at Sam's Club, Costco, or a food service supply. It runs about $1.50 per pound. According to Red Star, once opened the yeast will live 6 days at room temp., 6 weeks in the ref., or 6 months in the freezer. I usually put it in a zip lock bag and date the bag. You may use the yeast right from the freezer. I make my own pizza dough and bread.
Left over bread can be torn in pieces and slowly baked on low until light golden brown. Put in food processor or blender to make bread crumbs for dishes such as meat balls or any breading needed.
The bread outlet stores are cheaper than buying at regular grocery stores. The store brand breads are generally cheaper also.
Don't throw out your stale bread! Use it up in bread puddings and even as French toast! Experiment if you have extra of a loaf or mix it up. Raisin bread, French and sourdough bread make great pudding, yummy!
Make bread crumbs or croutons from slices that are going stale. Dry in the oven or leave out for a couple of days then crush and store for use in recipes later! For croutons, spritz with a bit of olive oil and any herb combo, then bake. Great recipes are found all over the web!
Most store have a day they mark down meats, and baked goods. Where I live, it falls on a Monday. You have to be the early bird to catch this worm though, because they disappear fast. Everything is marked half price. I have always frozen my bread. If it goes hard around the crusts, it usually means air has gotten in somewhere, so double bagging may be a good idea if this is a problem.
I always save my excess pieces that don't seem to get eaten, such as the end pieces, If you have a lot at once, you can dry them in your oven on a low setting, Then use a food processor to crumble them up. If you don't have one, you can always use a rolling pin, much slower, but it works if your bread is uncut. Be sure the pieces are fairly thin before drying. If you only have a few at a time, just set them out to the air and allow to dry normally. A covered dish with lots of ventilation is best, or store in your refrigerator open to the air. If you happen to have a dehydrator all the better, If bread goes past it's point and green appears, the bread is still good. Just remove the bad sections. Dry the rest.
I have not bought bread in a year. It got too expensive. Our one and only grocery store wants around $4 a loaf. Instead, I bake our bread in one of two ways:
The first is to make it from scratch. This not only includes loaf bread, but also pizza crusts, pie crusts, tortilla shells and rolls. I also make our own croutons.
The second is to buy frozen bread dough. I can buy 6 frozen loaves of Always Save dough for $3.24. (That is cheaper than buying 1 loaf of bread). Depending on yeast and flour prices, sometimes that is the cheaper route to go.
I do all our baking. I try to do a week's worth at once, so I am only heating the oven up one time. However, if we are running low on a baked good, I will sometimes put it in the oven with supper.
I am lucky to live in Northern Indiana close to Amish Bulk stores and bread outlets. I buy flour and baking supplies in bulk and do major baking of bread and other baked goods. I try to do the baking on a cool day so the oven is our main heat source (we mostly heat with a large fireplace). All stale bread can be used for many recipes. I have 6 boys, so we waste very little. If it really gets moldy, we feed it to the birds and geese in our back yard. Don't be afraid to try new recipes using honey, molasses, fruit, jam, nuts, and exotic flours. I have a bread machine which makes it really easy, but sometimes it's great therapy to hand knead it, kids can help too.
If you have access to a Cuisinart or equivalent, sprout wheat 12-24 hours (I do it and sesame seeds in kefir for the sourdough tang), then grind with the steel blade until reasonably fine. (Or use a Champion or other strong juicer to mash them nicely with the lower part blocked.) Then cut cracker-size pieces and dry in oven (gas usually close to 80 degrees F with heat from the pilot) maybe 12-24 hours, turning upside down once. Freeze and use as you like. A powerful cracker-bread!
Buy reduced price bread when you can find it, and then immediately store it in the freezer, thawing out only what you need at a serving. If you store it at room temperature or in the fridge, it will just get more and more stale.
I love my bread machine, which I got for $5 at Goodwill a couple of years ago. A 2-pound loaf of whole-wheat/oatmeal bread costs me about $1 to make, and it's so easy. The machine does all the work. The bread is very filling and really nutritious.
You can also add all kinds of delicious stuff to the dough - nuts, fruits, vegetables, cheese, spices, peppers, mushrooms, whatever. A can of pumpkin makes wonderful pumpkin bread. I also want to try making pizza bread, with all the ingredients baked in.
Dakota brand pure whole-wheat flour from North Dakota has gone up from $1/5 pounds to almost $3 in the past couple of months. King Arthur brand from Vermont is $2.69. A 5-pound bag makes 4 2-pound loaves. Or you can buy bread flour if you want. I'm sure the flours packaged especially for bread machines are good; I just haven't paid the extra money for them.
I also buy dry yeast in bulk. Keep it cool and tightly wrapped, and it lasts a long time. You can always put in a little extra if you've had it for a while and think it's lost some of its strength.
If you have a bread machine, you know it takes 3 to almost 4 hours to make a loaf, depending on ingredients. And when it's done, it keeps the loaf warm for another 30 minutes.
It's a really good deal. And I think once you've eaten home-made bread, you won't want to go back to store-bought.
Bread outlets are wonderful! You can get not only bread, but cakes, cookies, cereals, jams, freezer pops, cereal bars -- all kinds of stuff. And a lot of people have the misconception that the bread at the outlet store is "day old" when it gets there -- not the case! They receive bread daily, just like the grocery stores do. They will often, however, have a shelf of day old bread for an even bigger discount than their regular prices. Also, this is not exactly saving money on bread, but is keeping you from waste -- if you have a little one who refuses to eat the crust, when you cut the crust off, put them in a baggie and freeze them, then you can use these for either bread crumbs or cube and saute them to make homemade croutons for salads and soups.
In some of the smaller cities in Tennessee they have a store called United Grocery Outlet. They sell high quality bread for $1 a loaf.
Most of the bread outlet stores will sell "feed Bread" by the tray. This bread is still perfectly good, but you don't get to choose what you want. They are technically selling it to feed animals, and I have bought trays for the critters for $1.00 a tray which is about 10-12 loaves. It could also include hot dog and hamburger buns, raisin bread, etc. I then open the loaves and wrap the slices two at a time in plastic wrap and put it back into the loaf wrapper and freeze it. I can then thaw as many slices as we need for a meal. If it is a little stale and dry, just heat it in the microwave for a few seconds to freshen it up. Not too long or it will get tough
Harlean from Arkansas
Thanks for these useful tips on how to challenge the current outrageous prices for bread. I have bought bread at thrift shops for years, now buy outdated supermarket bread. Unless the loaf is on sale, I do not buy it.
Making bread, with or without a bread machine is very satisfying and you can find cookbooks dedicated to bread at the thrift store for a buck or two.
I enjoyed reading these comments. I would also like to add that if you place a slice of bread/bun in a container of hard brown sugar, the sugar will soften up in a jiffy!
Ever wonder how fresh your bread is when you go to
the grocery store.
My sister give me this tip:
Bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week:
Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday and Saturday. They
come with different color ties or plastic clips for each day:
The colors go alphabetically buy by color, very easly
to remember. Even the ones with plastic clips have
I buy most of my bread at the bread outlet, then freeze it. I don't go overboard though, because it only lasts about 3 months. Also, when I run low on bread I bake my own quick breads like muffins, scones, coffee cake, nut bread and Irish soda bread. These require no yeast and are easy to make. Sometimes I like them better than the store bought bread.
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