How Much Does it Cost to Make Bread in a Bread Machine? — 16 Comments

  1. When I priced items at my local market a couple weeks ago:

    5 LB bread flour, any make was 4.99

    1/2 gallon soy milk was 2.99

    I use Himalayan salt so it’s not cheap at 7.99 a jar for 17 oz.
    I’ve seen smaller jars but did not catch the price.

    Sugar I buy by the 2lb box as I ONLY use it in bread when I don’t have honey. 2lb runs 4.99. Honey runs 5.00 per 1 lb jar depending on the place I buy it.

    Oil. I use Olive Oil exclusively and we all know how high that’s getting! I just bought 120 fluid oz for just over $20 – that’s the every day virgin oil. The specialty oil – California Arbequina extra virgin runs $10 plus for 16.9 oz and it my go to for bread.

    Yeast KAF’s SAF yeast, is 5.95 a lb. I know it costs shipping but it’s never a single item purchase so works out.

    Now I know the price point is way different than what you posted BUT no matter how I slice it (laughs) the price per loaf is WAY lower especially when considering the satisfaction of a home made loaf vs the near emptiness of a store bought (and I might add flavorless to my mind [and tongue]) loaf – even the so-called artisan breads.

    I firmly believe home made, whether by hand or machine, is not only more economical, it is more nutricious and tasty than store bought. (Now, don’t get me started on home made soups and broths or we’ll be here all day 🙂 )

  2. I’ve been able to cut cost measuring to the exact count .
    Encluding cost of baking products and cost of electricity comes out to $ 1.25 a loaf , make 2 loaves and sell 1 for $ 2.50 = no cost for your loaf of bread !

  3. I was just going to do a cost analysis and thought….google! So glad I did because I found this website. This helps because I now have neighbors that want to bread from me. I had no idea what to charge.
    Thank you for your information. Tracy

  4. I have a bread machine, do I use the Red or Blue label for yeast>? I love using my bread machine ..My problem is my bread gets really puffed towards the end an then it goes flat.I followed all the directions for 2 lb loaf an the bread at the bottom is hard crust could you please help me to find out what I’m doing wrong?

  5. My Oster bread machine uses 650 watts (probably peak power). My local electric rate is 8.14 cents per kilowatt-hour (1,000 watts for one hour). My usual bread cycle runs 3 hours & 25 minutes. (For comparison, Pacific Gas & Electric in California current electric rates range from baseline rates of 12 cents to as high as 33 cents per kWh during summer peak demand hours.)

    So, the equation is 3.42 hours X 650 watts = 2.2 kWh electric use per loaf
    and 2.2 kWh x $0.814 = ~$0.18 per loaf.

    Even at PG&E’s peak summer rates during hot summer afternoons ($0.33/kWh), the cost of a running my machine for one cycle (one loaf) only comes to ~$0.72.

    Note: I don’t believe that the machine is using the full 650 watts at all times during the cycle, which reduces the total electric cost.

  6. Ive used several kinds of flour, excluding bleached and self rising.
    This means I did the unthinkable and actually used the dreaded all-purpose.
    I have an “all purpose” loaf going right now, in fact.
    The other ingredients I use are simple and common – powdered milk, on-sale sea salt, any old sugar, margarine or butter.
    Pretty much whatever we have, and nothing really “selective.”

    I just tell people I get a decent loaf of “pedestrian bread” for a buck,

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