What Are the Benefits of Making Homemade Bread?

Here's why you should invest that elbow grease.

There’s something about tearing into a warm, fresh loaf that turns bread eating into a culinary experience. While it takes more time to make bread than it does to just grab some at the store, it’s definitely worth the effort.

We have hundreds of homemade bread recipes that we can’t get enough of. But if you’re just beginning your bread-making adventure, you’re likely wondering just how much time and energy you’ll need to invest in that first loaf.

Is it cheaper to make your own bread?

Homemade bread is typically made from just a few ingredients—bread flour, salt, water, yeast and oil. Our basic homemade bread recipe incorporates sugar, too. This means most of the ingredients you need are already in your pantry, with the exception of yeast and bread flour. You can pick up bread flour at your local grocery store for about $4, and an individual packet of yeast shouldn’t cost more than $1.

A 5-pound bag of bread flour and three yeast packets cost about $7 total, and should yield enough flour to make about three loaves of bread. Compare that to three packages of bread for $4 each—which would run you about $12. Overall, it’s cheaper!

Is it healthier to make your own bread?

When you make your own bread, you have control over what ingredients go into the batch. When you purchase bread from the store, you’ll likely see a long ingredient list, like potassium bromate, partially hydrogenated oil and azodicarbonamide. If you want to be healthier, you can create your own breads loaded with nutritious ingredients, like whole wheat bread made with honey, or this Wild Rice Bread with Sunflower Seeds.

Plus, bread you purchase from the store may taste fresh, but many types are loaded with preservatives to extend their shelf life. The verdict: homemade is typically healthier.

How do you make homemade bread taste better?

Fresh fruits and herbs can transform the flavor of your loaves, and honey is always a tasty substitute for sugar. If you want a crunchier crust, like this beautiful homemade loaf has, try incorporating cornmeal. Plus, few things in the world make bread taste quite as delectable as butter melting on a freshly baked slice.

What tools do you need to make homemade bread?

Thankfully, you don’t need many tools to make bread at home. (Here’s the full equipment list.) We recommend using a stand mixer to mix the ingredients and even knead the dough, if you prefer that to hand-kneading. And if you want an even more hands-off approach, try these recipes for a bread machine. Regardless of the tools you choose, make sure you’re loaded up on flour, flat surfaces and a good amount of elbow grease.

So is baking your own bread worth it?

Yep. Making bread from scratch is one of those simple life pleasures that provides a great sense of satisfaction. So put on your favorite tunes and roll up your sleeves—it’s a worthwhile investment of your time. If you’re looking for a healthy twist, ezekiel bread is about to become a staple in your diet.

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Kate Ellsworth
Kate is an avid baker, knitter and writer. Her passions include Star Wars, stress baking and—of course—chocolate. When she's not chasing her partner around the house asking him to try her latest recipe, Kate is probably knitting (another) sweater.