Wednesday this week I baked bread. I confess to often taking the easy route and include a couple of loaves of bread in my grocery order every two weeks. But while going over my store receipt two weeks ago I found the price of a loaf of store brand bread had doubled within the last couple of months.
I confess to cheating in that I use my bread machine to stir and knead the dough. When ready, I shape the dough into whatever I am making and bake it in the oven. This time there were three loaves, 2 dozen rolls and a dozen cinnamon rolls.
After doing the math, I found my total cost for the above was less than one loaf of bread from the store.
I have lots of flour stored. If I am baking bread for one or two people, I have enough to last a year or more. But should bad things happen and I need to feed more people, I am up creek - no paddle.
Food prices are rising at an astonishing rate here. A good friend sent me this link to a video that deals with the increases in grain prices.
I do believe I will be going back to square one with stocking the basics. The extras are nice to have for variety in a well stocked pantry, but the basics like flour, rice, beans and oatmeal will keep us alive should it ever get to that point. And it is anybody's guess as to how much longer these items will be available or affordable.
Stack it to the rafters.