A question from reader, Cindy:
I have a really tight budget but I want to more towards a real food. I've tried making breads with whole wheat flour but I can't get my family to eat it. My family prefers the store bought stuff to my homemade breads. What do you suggest?
I think most of us understand how difficult it can be to move towards a more real food life style. It can be really frustrating when you start to change over to whole foods. My suggestions:
- Don't worry so much at using whole wheat flour or grass fed butter. Olive oil, regular butter, white flour are all improvements over the chemicals and other icky stuff found in the pre-made stuff in the store.
- Stick with simple recipes. Once you master those you can try switching over to more whole food ingredients. Try this: white bread recipe or this Amish bread recipe.
- Try white whole wheat. Personally, I've found that white whole wheat works better than red whole wheat when it comes to taste. Also, some recipes just don't taste as good with all whole wheat so sometimes I will use both whole wheat and white flour in a recipe.
If you can't get your family to like any of your baked goods made from whole wheat, don't beat yourself up. Maybe you will be more sucessful with growing your own food, canning, or moving to more humanely raised meat. Any improvement is still an improvement. Just do the best you can for your family and your budget.