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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
By Janice C.
Many people don't use the ends of bread in their sandwiches. If you put the heel on the inside, you can make an excellent sandwich. Some people fool their children this way, but this tip never worked with mine. I do this for myself. Prior to this, I used the ends for croutons and bread crumbs.
If possible, buy your bread, hamburger and hotdog buns, etc. at a bakery outlet store. In my area, I can get a loaf of bread for .55, as opposed to over $1.00 at the grocery store. Go twice a month, and freeze the loaves. You'll save a bundle, and it's definitely worth the trip!
With 3 kids, we go through bread quickly. It can get expensive buying at the convenience store or the grocery store. I have started to buy bread in bulk at the discount bakery ...
Buying in bulk can be a great way to save money on staple items like bread. To prevent spoilage, excess bread can be placed in the freezer. This is a page about buy and freeze bread in bulk.