It is no secret that I enjoy to bake, but I hadn't considered the money I may be saving by making some of my own foods. A few months ago I decided to make my own pizza crust using this recipe. It seriously took no time at all, and was actually quite fun. My friend and I got to pick our own topics (and decorate our own halves!). It did end up being about 3 inches thick (oops) but it was possibly one of the most delicious pizzas I have ever eaten. I wish I knew what a bag of flour cost me, but the toppings could not have cost me more than $10 (including cheese which I didn't use all of).
On the weekend I was also inspired to make bread using this recipe!
Ok, that one wasn't my bread. This one was mine!
I was running low on flour, so I halved the recipe and just made me a teeny loaf! It may be small, but it was mighty delicious! And the only ingredients in it were flour, yeast, and salt! You know...the same flour, yeast, and salt I used to make that pizza bread. So I spent zero money to make this delicious loaf of bread (plus a gazillion cupcakes and cookies- that flour stretched for awhile).
If I had a yard, I might even consider growing my own vegetables and seeing how far I can make my food dollar stretch! But I am pretty lazy with gardening, so we shall see on that one.
My point is that a few base ingredients can make lots of staples! And if you bake it yourself, you know exactly what is going in them AND you can customize to your tastes! Plus baking is a fun activity to do with friends and family, or to kill a few hours on a cold weeknight in the winter. It shoul also be noted that a lot of these recipes are faster and easier than you think. The bread had to sit for 12-18 hours, and you had to heat the pot and so forth...but the actual time I spent standing in the kitchen and making it was probably 30 minutes max.
Do you like to make your own foods? Send me your favourite staples!