Lazy Person's Guide to Homemade Bread (Part 2) -- Homemade Bread Even CHEAPER by buying in bulk

Once you get in the groove with making your own bread, you'll want to buy in bulk to save yourself some money.  Here is where I buy my ingredients.

Hard Red Wheat Berries, 1 lb.
  • Organic whole wheat berries (which I grind myself into wheat): Azure Standard for about $12/50 pound bag.  My sister buys her wheat at a Bosch kitchen center.  It is more expensive but also has very high (17%) protein-content, which means she doesn't have to add any gluten to her recipe.  You can buy 50 pounds of whole wheat for about $50 (including shipping) from Honeyville Grain, which is probably about the same as the Whole Foods bulk bins.  Anybody know other good places to get wheat berries?  It might not be a great idea to buy whole wheat flour in bulk since whole wheat flour goes rancid after a while and you'd have to store it in the fridge/freezer.  More on grinding your own wheat in a future post.
Silk Soymilk, Original, 8.25-Ounce Aseptic Cartons (Pack of 18)Bob's Red Mill Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder, 26-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)
  • Cow's milk or soy milk: I don't buy this in bulk.  If you want to use powdered milk + water instead of milk, you can probably buy that in bulk.
  • Salt: I don't buy this in bulk.  You don't use that much anyway and salt is pretty darn cheap regardless.
Miller's Honey, Wild, 3-Pound Jar (Pack of 2)
  • Honey: I used to buy honey at Costco. Since reading about honey laundering, I only buy local honey directly from the producer. Honey has an indefinite shelf life but may crystallize after a while.
  • Gluten: Bob's Red Mill Vital Wheat Gluten, online or at Whole Foods.
  • Active Dry Yeast: Costco (about $5 for 1 pound, which is about one million times cheaper than buying yeast in those puny jars at the supermarket).  I store it in a mason jar in the freezer.

Where do you buy your bread ingredients?

Posts in the series -- Lazy Person's Guide to Homemade Bread:
Part 1 -- 5 Steps to Get You Started
Part 2 -- Homemade bread even cheaper (buy in bulk)
Part 3 -- Vegan whole wheat bread
Part 4 – Additional bread supplies (nice but not necessary)
Part 5 -- A Special Treat: Buttermilk White Bread


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