Sustainable/Zero Waste

Sustainable Sundays: Benefits of Baking Bread at Home (bonus recipe included)

You might think this post belongs to Foodie Mondays but I’m actually focusing more on the sustainable aspect rather than the food itself, but of course I won’t leave you without giving you a recipe 😉 Being sustainable is ultimately being balanced and having resources continue in your lifetime as well as the lifetime of those who’ll come after us. One of the main things I love to do is just making everything at home. I’ve mentioned it before in a few blog posts so you might be tired of me saying it, but it’s true.

If you’re following me on Instagram, again, you’ll notice that I’m super into baking now. It started off as just an experiment but there’s a lot that I didn’t realize that would be of huge benefit to us.

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You get to KNOW what goes into the food you consume. When I was baking, a few spices fell in the mixture and it made me wonder how many thing accidentally fall into the huge bowl of dough in a factory that we know nothing about. Now I’m not saying all factories just leave things in there, but I do remember an incident where my friends and I found a hair in a packaged bread loaf. #ew

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You CONTROL what goes into the food you eat. Yes, very similar to the point above but what’s different is that you get to decide what goes in. You want to take a healthy route, sure! You want to put some more spices (on purpose) and herbs, sure! You want to be gluten-free, sure! You do whatever you want. #UltimateControl

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You SAVE money. Yes, believe it or not, buying raw ingredients and baking bread at home will save you money. A single loaf of organic toast bread is about $6. You can get a big pack of organic unbleached flour for $5 and make at least twice as much bread (depending on what bread you’re making).

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The satisfaction you get when the first one comes out all puffy and perfect is just.. *sigh*


Bonus recipe!

-1 C lukewarm water
-1 tsp honey
-2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
-2 tsp salt
-1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
-1 1/4 C bread flour
-1 tbsp olive oil

-Knead for 8 minutes by hand (or 5 minutes in stand mixer)
-Turn the dough into a ball, cover it in a greased bowl and let it sit for about 1 hour
-Punch the dough gently to deflate
-Divide it into 8-10 pieces and roll into balls
-On a floured surface, roll each ball to about 1/3 inch thick and cover it until the oven is preheated
-450 F and bake for 5 minutes 🙂

Let me know how yours came out!


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