It’s obvious that there are definite nutritional benefits to cooking from scratch, you know exactly what you’re eating.
But what about the cost breakdown?
Is it financially worth it to make it yourself?
So I’m going to share with you how I calculate my recipes, and show how cost effective it can be to make your own.
First up… bread.
Whilst we don’t eat a lot of bread, especially since compared to BGF (before Gluten Free), we do still like to have a little on hand. The boys have a sandwich for lunch only once or twice a week, but we can still easily go through a loaf a week between the three of us GF eaters, and with an average of $6.99 for a store-bought loaf, that’s expensive ‘dough’. So I set off to see if I can make it cheaper.
Now, even though I’m trained in Patisserie and know how to make (proper) bread from scratch, at this stage in my life (with three little kids) I still find it’s easy and fabulous to make it in my bread machine.
So here’s how to work out how much it costs to make…
FIRST: What is the price of the ingredients per unit?
To calculate this, I have a spreadsheet to keep track of all the pricing of my usual ingredients.
With this data I then know which suppliers have the cheapest ingredients, what is the best value for money and which quantity is the best price.
NEXT: I work out how much of each ‘unit’ it in the recipe.
So I enter the ‘unit data’ into my Recipe Costings spreadsheet.
Like this one I’ve made here…
So with these tools, I’ve worked out that it costs me approximately:
$3.92 to make a 780g loaf of homemade gluten free bread ~ That’s $.50 per 100g!
Now let’s look at a loaf from the grocery store…
Country Life Gluten Free Bread = $6.69 for a 520g loaf which works out at $1.29/100g)
That’s nearly 3 times the price!
Let’s also consider the difference in ingredients, both what is included, and the quality:
My Loaf: Organic Sorghum Flour, Organic Millet Flour, (Non GMO) Tapioca Starch, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Yeast, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Free Range Eggs, Lemon Juice, Raw Honey.
‘Their’ loaf: Modified Tapioca Starch (1442), Rice Flour, Maize Starch, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Soy Flour, Egg White, Iodised Salt, Psyllium Flour, Yeast, Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose (464), Preservatives (282), Vegetable Gum (412), Vitamin (Thiamin).
So my loaf doesn’t contain Vegetable Oil, Soy, or refined sugars, ‘modified’ ingredients or preservatives, and the bulk of my ingredients are organic.
So what do I prefer?
Well you can probably guess… homemade of course!
The flavour is better. It TASTES like real, homemade bread. My family LOVE it, and I can get the kids involved too – which means they see the hard work that went into it and appreciate it MUCH more.
So I’m going to keep baking my own bread and will be on the lookout for more fabulous recipes.
I hope that this helps you get the confidence to make your own bread from scratch. Yes, a bread machine does make it easy, especially with a busy household. But they don’t have to be costly… there are plenty of second hand ones on Gumtree & Ebay. I bought mine from Aldi for approx $70 a few years ago now, and it has been great. So don’t worry if you don’t have a ‘wizz-bang’, ‘fandangled’ one… start simple and work up from there.
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting the full Gluten-Free Bread Machine recipe for you to download or print.
If you’d like a copy of my Supplies Costing Template, and/or my Recipe Costings Spreadsheet please send me an email to info @ wholesomehomemade.com.au (or via the Contact Form), and I’ll personally send it to you.