Last Updated July 23, 2021 – Originally Published June 4, 2017
We all know that the bread coming out of your bread machine is better than the bread you buy at the store. However, have you ever wondered how much it costs to make a loaf of bread in your bread machine?
I know I have. So I’ve analyzed the cost of making my bread with my bread machine. In fact, I’ve done this several times over the years. The most recent was in February 2021.
The recipe I use most frequently is for a two-pound loaf of sour milk bread. I make it with regular (not sour) milk and I make a loaf or two a week.
By the way, this is an excellent bread machine recipe. The bread turns out a perfectly every time, and it’s quick to put together because it doesn’t have a lot of ingredients.
You should know that we buy in bulk whenever we can.
We buy bread flour at CHEF’STORE (formerly Cash&Carry Smart Foodservice Warehouse) or Costco Business Center. (Wondering how we store all that flour? Check out this article for dealing with buying, and storing, bulk flour)
The salt, sugar, oil and yeast all come from Costco.
The milk sometimes comes from Costco, but frequently we get it at our local IGA grocery store.
Admittedly, this isn’t a perfect analysis. We haven’t allowed for the cost of electricity to run the machine or the bread machine itself. However, even these rough numbers show that once you have a bread machine, you can make great bread for much less money than you’d pay at the store.
Thanks to The Man of the House (TMOTH) for his help with this. He does the number crunching for the analysis.
2021 Cost of Making Bread in a Bread Machine
In February 2021 we did another analysis and got a big surprise. Our cost of making a loaf of bread fell to only 77 cents per loaf! This is down from 83 cents per loaf in 2020.
The difference was mostly because I bought one ingredient at Costco instead of the grocery store.
We usually buy milk at the local grocery store. However, when we ran this analysis, we’d just gone to Costco and bought milk there. Milk is one of the most expensive ingredients in the recipe, so it made an enormous difference.
The lesson here is that it really pays to buy in bulk when you can!
2020 Cost of Making Bread in a Bread Machine
Our cost for making bread in the bread machine was only 83 cents per loaf in 2020!
The big story here is how much bread prices at the grocery store jumped from 2017 to 2020.
2017 Cost of Making Bread in a Bread Machine
Let’s get right to it! Here are the numbers for making a loaf of bread at home from 2017.
Yes, you’re reading it correctly. In 2017, it cost us just 85 cents to make a loaf of bread.
A Different Spin on the Same Recipe
Kim, a loyal reader of this blog, saw my cost analysis and kindly sent me her costs for the same bread recipe. (You can see her original comment below.) Kim uses soy milk and Himalayan salt in her bread. She doesn’t buy her groceries in bulk. Here’s what it costs her to make a loaf of bread.
Cost of Homemade Bread
- In 2021 it cost me 77 cents to make a two-pound loaf of sour milk bread. This is much less expensive than comparable loaves of bread from the grocery store.
- The cost per loaf is down from the 2020 cost of 83 cents.
- It pays to buy bread ingredients in bulk
- Remember that a bread machine gives people the freedom to have bread exactly the way they want it.