Life can be stressful and crazy. You’re busy with work, social commitments, family commitments, a million little tasks, and trying to squeeze in a little time for yourself once in a while. We’re going to talk a little bit about why YOU should be baking your own bread and why it may actually be the solution to all your scheduling woes!
Doing Something for You
With a hectic schedule, one of the first things to go out the window is self care. Sleeping, eating well, and exercise are all incredible ways to practice this every day. However, one of the most often overlooked aspects of self care is having hobbies and taking time away from the computer or phone screen to do something for yourself. After working at a desk all day, coming home and physically making and kneading dough, then shaping, baking, and eating your creation is a rewarding and therapeutic experience. Many bakers actually view kneading and handling dough as a way of practicing mindfulness – there are even ‘breaditation’ classes that combine baking and meditation!
Research has also shown that cooking and baking are directly linked to people feeling happier and experiencing feelings of personal growth and development. If you’re looking for a hobby that will produce a delicious result that you can eat, challenge you to get better, and provide endless opportunities for growth and experimentation, look no further!
Connecting People through Food
Bread is an inherently social food. It takes some work (though we’ve all been there!) to take down a whole loaf on our own, so bread baking constantly gives you an excuse to connect and engage more with those around you. Whether you're hosting a dinner party, giving away fresh bread to your neighbors, or bringing your latest loaf into the office to share with your coworkers, bread has always been about community. Research has shown that there are positive mental health benefits to baking for others specifically. In many cultures food is an expression of love and baking is a form of communication, a way to share a piece of yourself with those around you.
Know What You’re Eating
If you don’t care about the social and emotional benefits of bread baking, take a look at the list of ingredients in your favorite sliced bread at the grocery store – it reads more like the text of a science experiment than an ingredients list. Baking your own bread is a great way to reduce your consumption of processed food and gain more transparency and insight into what’s going onto your plate. With practice, you can start to layer in whole grains and even bake bread that is naturally leavened with sourdough starter, which has several health benefits as well.
So how do you get started?
We strongly believe in the benefits of baking for yourself and others. Bread baking is a hobby, a form of self care, a way to connect and share your passion with those around you, and a simple step towards healthier eating. Let's talk a little bit about how to get started.
Everyone’s bread baking journey is a little different, so it is important to use the resources and methods that work best for your situation. For some, that means finding a good beginner cookbook, going to the grocery store for ingredients, and trying out some basic recipes. There are a ton of amazing resources online like The Kitchn and Breadtopia as well. For others, you might look on YouTube and find some basic recipes to try out. I’d caution you to be careful and find the right videos to start with. Nothing is more discouraging as a beginner than trying a really technical and difficult recipe and having it turn out poorly.
If you’re looking for something more holistic that was designed for a busy schedule, you can consider our beginner baking kit. Our focus is all on how to make bread baking simpler, more approachable, and more flexible so it can fit into your busy lifestyle. We also offer our cookbook separately on the site if you’re looking for a lower cost option.
No matter how you choose to pursue bread baking, we hope you’ve found this article interesting and helpful. If you want more baking content, recipes, tips, and tricks, follow along with our blog, follow us on Instagram, and join our newsletter below! Happy baking!