Unless you’re lucky enough to have an exceptional bakery in your neighborhood, a good whole grain loaf of bread without preservatives isn’t cheap. Neither are whole grain hamburger buns or hot dog buns. A good loaf (purely whole grain, no preservatives, or extra sugars) costs anywhere from $4.00-5.50. Wow. If your family goes through a lot of bread, the costs can really add up. I’ve made homemade bread for years and it’s a great way to move toward Organic, Real Food on a Budget for you and your family.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I had some friends over for hamburgers. The brand of whole grain buns I buy for my family is difficult to find and costs at least $5.00 for 8. Because we live in a remote location, I didn’t have time to hunt any down. I decided to make my own instead. Wow, were they easy and so cheap! The recipe requires some whole wheat flours, a little butter, egg, yeast, and salt. Cheap ingredients that make a hearty bread when combined.
My tip for you today? Make something new at home. Pick one food you buy at the store and start there. Maybe it’s bread, buns, granola bars, pizza crust, or crackers. This week, try to make it yourself. It may just be easier than you think! If you’re successful, plan to make them 1 or 2 times next week, so you learn the recipe and get really comfortable. These buns take about 20 minutes of hands-on work. The rest of the time comes from letting the dough rise and bake. 20 minutes. Homemade hamburger buns. Cost: $1.75. That’s a $3.25 difference. Not a bad way to skip preservatives and save money, too.
Here are some other hamburger bun and bread recipes you’ll enjoy: