ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BREAD:
Bread is one of those foods that can feed you for quite some time, even if that’s all you have. This said, that’s not the best way to eat bread. The best way to eat bread is as a supplement to a smaller meal, like soup, a salad, etc etc. Bread is a thing that fills you up when the other things you have don’t quite cut it. It can also make for a decent snack.
Incidentally, bread, if you know where to look, is incredibly incredibly cheap. Most stores these days, Walmart included, have a bakery where they sell fresh bread, be they loaves, rolls, what have you. These prices? Are usually pretty awesome. I’ve seen big loaves of whole-wheat bread sell for as low as $0.99. That’s something that could, if you’re doing it right, add to 6-7 meals, or, $0.14 a serving. Now, this is of course, not going to be an always thing, as what the bakery makes and how much it’ll cost you will depend on the materials they have on hand, the season, etc.
Luckily, there’s a way to get this bread for the absolute lowest price—and that’s to get it old. Most of these grocers, (and this includes walmart) have DISCOUNT BAKERY RACKS for them to try to just move off the shelves some of their bakery bread before they have moldy bread sitting around. The prices here, especially for big bags of rolls? Are -awesome-.
Now, it’s important that you be aware that because these aren’t bags of high-preservative bread, they -will- get moldy after a period of time. If it’s fresh, depending on where you live, it could last up to something like a week and a half. Old bread could vary, but you usually have 3-4 days at -least-. A way to lengthen the time before the bread goes off is to remove it from whatever bag it’s in and just leave it sitting exposed to the air. It may dry out a little, and it’s apt to get a little stale at the end of its shelf life. There are things you can do with stale bread, but moldy bread is only useful as compost.
BUT WHAT IF I DON’T EAT ALL MY BREAD?
Well, there’s a solution to this! And that’s that you can freeze bread, dramatically extending its shelf life. This dramatically extends the shelf life of any bread you have. You can keep bread frozen for quite a long time. Sticking it in a freezer/ziplock bag works best. When you expect you’ll be eating a piece (rolls freeze best, usually, fyi) just pull it out of the freezer, dust off any ice that may have formed on it (you want to keep it dry as best as you can while it thaws so it doesn’t get icky) and just leave it to sit on a paper-towel to thaw. You could also potentially microwave or toast your bread (ala frozen waffles,) if you’re impatient. The texture may come out a bit off, but we’re not looking for gourmet bread here. We’re looking for cheap living.
Bread can also be kept in the fridge, but people will argue that you should never do that because it ruins the texture. Again. Not gourmet here. Cheap living. This said, refrigeration will only do so much to stave off buggies. Ultimately, it’s up to you. Because bread, especially discount bread is so cheap, feel free to experiment. Keep notes about how long the bread you buy lasts before it gets moldy.
And there you go! With prices as low as $0.14 a serving, bakery bread is a great way to supplement a meal so that it fills you up. The uses of bread are pretty obvious, but we’ll post some clever-er things you can do with it in the future!
Best of luck to you all.
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