I admit it. I got lazy. I still bake the occasional loaf of bread, but mostly I have been ordering bread from the store in my every other week grocery delivery order.
It has been nearly two weeks since my last grocery delivery. At that time I stashed an extra loaf of store bought bread in the refrigerator. Don't ask me why I didn't put it in the freezer. I don't know. I just didn't. And it sort of got pushed to the back where it has languished for nearly two weeks. Until this morning when I ran out of bread and remembered the stashed loaf.
I fully expected that loaf to be hard, stale and likely growing all sorts of moldy stuff. It wasn't. It was still soft, had no stale smell or taste and there was nothing green growing anywhere on it. That scared me. I began to wonder just what the commercial bakers put in the dough to preserve it that long. So I looked up the ingredients in commercially baked bread. That scared me even more. Look it up. You will see what I mean.
The way I look at it, those of my advancing years have enough health issues to contend with without filling up on food that contains stuff I can't begin to pronounce. Anything that will keep a loaf of bread from turning stale and moldy after sitting out for two weeks can't possibly be good.
So I crossed bread off my grocery order. And tomorrow morning I will get back into my old routine of baking bread once a week. It takes time and effort to do that, but I think it is well worth it.
Incidentally, I went over the rest of my grocery order list and to my chagrin realized that bread wasn't the only thing I was ordering just for the sake of convenience. So I reworked my order to include mostly fresh fruit and vegetables and the ingredients to make my own convenience foods. I have a whole box of recipes for various mixes - from baking mixes to flavored rice mixes to seasoning mixes. I have two large shelving units packed with jars of home canned meats, fruits and vegetables and more. I have boxes full of dehydrated foods. I have the ingredients stored to cook and bake nearly anything I want over at least one years time. So I have no excuse for buying anything I can make myself.
I have had a less than stellar January. I find I am tired much of the time and haven't felt as good as I should. It isn't just this cold I have been fighting lately. It has been going on longer than that. I can chalk part of it to the "winter doldrums." But I am willing to bet that if I get away from using store bought convenience foods and other commercially made foods like bread, I will start feeling better.
It is way past time to get back to the basics.