Mr. CBB recently had a post on this, and since I’ve actually made a few things from scratch myself lately, I thought I’d look into it myself. The two items I’ve recently made from scratch are:
- Chocolate chip cookies
I love chocolate chip cookies, but frankly, never want to make them as I’ll just eat the whole darned batch up as soon as they come out of the oven (yes, this may sound like a good idea, but it leads to stomach aches and regret). But we had a pot luck coming up a work, and this was a perfect opportunity to bake cookies – enough for both hubby and I, and for the office.
All told, the ingredients for the cookies cost about 5.50. The biggest expense was the chocolate chips (mmm..mint flavoured). If I’d used less, or bought a less expensive brand, then I could have saved some money, but I love chocolate, so I didn’t want to skimp. I ended up with 2 tins full of cookies. So, if you compare it to something like PC Brand chocolate chip cookies, which were recently on for 2.50, then it works out about even. But – you also have to factor in my time to buy the ingredients, make the cookies, and wash the dishes. So, all in all, it’s probably cheaper to buy the cookies rather than make them, but frankly – nothing is as good as home made chocolate chip cookies!
The bread – well, flour was the main expense, but basically it works out to about 2.50 for the ingredients (I meant to itemize this, but of course, I threw out the bill!). I have a bread maker, and it didn’t take that much time to mix the bread up. So, on this one, there wasn’t as much time and labour as there was for the cookies, and the price works out comparable to most store bought bread (not compared to a really good sale, mind you, but certainly the average price)|. Plus I get the added bonus of my house smelling like freshly baked bread. So, I guess this one works out about even.
I think that cooking from scratch is generally much cheaper than buying ready made food at the stores. With baking it’s a tougher call, as baking ingredients can be quite costly. But baking can be a fun activity (I used to make these cookies with my grandmother, and recently made them with one of my nieces), and certainly more satisfying than purchasing something store bought.
Do you like to do baking at home? Do you still do it even if it’d be cheaper to buy a similar item in the store?