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I don’t bake and cook things at home to save money.

It’s not that I don’t like to save money, but rather that it’s never been my primary goal.  What motivates me is a desire to feed my family well, to cut down on all the hidden unknowns in packaged foods, and to minimise waste.

But as I’ve mentioned before, the huge bonus from our push to make as much from scratch as possible is that we’ve cut our living expenses dramatically.  And sometimes it’s nice to crunch the numbers, just to see how much of a saving this lifestyle really affords us.

Last weekend I baked rolls for the boys.  Here’s the breakdown:

A bag of leg ham offcuts from Paesanella…$1.86

Kalamata olives… $3.84

Sundried tomatoes (30g)…$0.80

Picasso sheeps cheese…$4

Sourdough bread dough (2kg)…$2

Oven electricity…$0.50

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Total cost for 24 rolls = $13

Lunch per starving wolf-child per day = $1.08

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I really can’t ask for more than that!  The bread stores well in the freezer, and our sons take two low GI sourdough rolls each day – Small Man’s are stuffed with olive and sheeps’ cheese; Big Boy’s with off the bone leg ham, cheese, homemade quince paste and sundried tomatoes.

Apart from the nitrites in the ham (which I grit my teeth and accept) and the salt in the olives, there aren’t any other preservatives in the meal – no hidden chemicals or food additives with strange numbers.  The ingredients are all topnotch and I’ve reduced the salt in my standard dough, resulting in bread which is 30% less salty than commercial loaves.  I know it’s not a big deal in a roll stuffed with ham and olives, but every little bit helps.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to make things at home, but in this case, a Saturday morning’s work saved me a week of packing sandwiches at 7am, and $50 in bought lunches!

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