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Make your own bread

The cost of living is often marked against the cost of staple items, including a loaf of bread. So why not reduce this cost while also reducing your use of plastic. A Bread machine, a costly item you may be thinking, but worry not, waste not! According to the Real Bread Campaign there are up to 10 Million sat unused in British homes. The first person I asked had one that they were happy to give me. So ask around or route in the back of the cupboard. I feel the brand or specification is irrelevant as you are saving a product from the bin, no longer buying bread in plastic and saving money in the process. 

I enjoyed learning what I wanted from a loaf and what the machine could deliver. Trying recipes from different sources, removing things I didn’t want and altering quantities slightly to get the ‘perfect’ loaf. I found it in a very simple recipe from the same website mentioned earlier.

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Choosing organic wholemeal flour, available from supermarkets in paper packaging. It would be better to buy this locally but that is a cost factor. We already buy butter locally in paper and salt in huge catering size amounts to reduce packaging. Dried yeast sachets from any supermarket, the box is recyclable although the sachet isn’t recyclable considering the amount you use this is a very small amount of waste.

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One problem with my lovely bread, it goes stale much quicker than the supermarket sliced loaf. After reading various advice, I bought a cotton bag from Bakery Bits. It keeps the bread fresh long enough to be eaten and looks great on the kitchen top. 

I am not sure of the cost electricity wise but the Real Bread Campaign website has some calculations for that. All I know is I spend less money on tasteless bread, and much less money on lovely fresh bread. 

Written By Vicky Hardman
13/01/17


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