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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2009 03:24      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
From Slate, How cost-effective is it to make homemade pantry staples?

We already make our own bagels (I'm really glad someone else considers them to be a staple) because you can't buy them here, not even a lousy frozen bag of Thomas's. Well... the library cafe does have bagel sandwiches, with pretty decent bagels too, but I have no idea where they get them.

I've been making granola for ages, but I might give that recipe a try. Maple syrup might be a nice flavor. Right now I use a combination of molasses and honey for sweetening.

And Maswan makes jam. I had no idea how easy it was to make. Instead of making large batches, and canning it, we freeze berries and fruit and make small batches fresh.

Definitely want to try making yogurt, too. Especially if it's that easy.

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I had read this article as well. In winter I alwys bake my own brea, though the flour alone is more expensive

If I calculate things with a value for my time, almost nothing is worth making it myself unlsess I can make it better than what you can buy. Which for staples means it is usually cheaper to buy.

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My mum makes yoghurt all the time, it's a breeze. The recipe can also be easily adapted to make ice cream, too.
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fs: There's not much cooking that I /wouldn't/ expect your or maswan to rock at. [Wink] [Big Grin]

And yes, it's pretty cool just how many things can be made by oneself. Definitely, *ahem*, food for thought. [Big Grin]

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The cost of labor has been left conspicuously uncalculated

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quote:
Originally posted by joliet_jane:
The cost of labor has been left conspicuously uncalculated

If I costed everything I do at my billable hourly rate, I couldn't afford to live.

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__________________ Hi ALL ________________

I am a baked good goods addict "THE FRESHER THE BETTER", who knows how many miles are on that loaf of bread, or how stale that pretty cake.

There is no better high than walking in during the baking of bread.

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quote:
If I costed everything I do at my billable hourly rate, I couldn't afford to live.
That's actually the wrong way.
When you decide to do something else than work, it's not money you need to pay to someone - you only decide to *not* earn money.

You need to consider the opportunity costs.
The Opportunity costs for something is what you have to give up for it in order to get it.

That means, you need to go shopping, bake and then clean. Don't forget to consider the cost of energy and wear on the oven.
All things considered - for me it's more effective to do overtime in the office and pick up a cake on the way home at a bakery I trust.

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But then you deprive yourself of the joy of making a cake. No mixing, no folding, no tasting the batter. None of that fresh cake smell in your home. No icing. No chasing the cat away. And so on.

Seeing as I'm not a professional cook, I really can't put that high a price on the time I spend cooking. And even if I could, I'll pay that premium for the control factor. I know what goes into the cakes and breads and soups and other things I make. There are no mystery ingredients. If it's loaded with fat and calories it's because I did that deliberately.

Also, I'm salaried. So I don't get anything extra for more working hours. [Razz]

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Well, it has been a long time since I baked bread, but I have just made eight portions of Cream of Potato and Vegetable soup and a further six portions of Chilli sans Carne.

That should top-up the freezer nicely. [Smile]

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