For many years, we have eaten 100% whole wheat bread. But it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I actually read the ingredients on that loaf of 100% bread. I gasped, right in the middle of the grocery store, “High Fructose Corn Syrup…in bread!”. I started to look at the labels of every brand of 100% whole wheat bread and I saw ‘high fructose corn syrup’ in the ingredients of almost all of the brands, except for two and they were priced at least $2 more than the “HFCS” loaves.
Since we try to avoid as much as possible processed sugar ingredients, I made the switch to the more expensive bread. Aside from the occasional sale, I cringed every time I bought them too.
Normally I don’t shop at more than one store per week, but I checked out the bread/bakery outlet near my daughter’s school and I was very pleased. I found the non-HFCS loaves of 100% whole wheat bread marked at $1.50. That is about $2.50 less than my grocery store. And since it really isn’t out of my way, I don’t mind making a separate trip.
My bread/bakery outlet also has English Muffins, sandwich thins, flat bread, kaiser rolls, hamburger rolls, hotdog rolls, tortillas, baked goods, snack foods and more at prices of 50% off or more off the grocery store price.
The only caveat is that you need to check the expiration date. I have noticed the expiration date on the bread is usually within a few days, so I take the loaves home and put them in our freezer right away. I just take out what I need and I have never had a problem.
A handy trick when thawing the bread is to wrap what you need in a cloth napkin and microwave for 10 seconds. If it isn’t thawed after 10 seconds add another 5-10 seconds. The bread/rolls shouldn’t dry out if you wrap in a cloth napkin.
Do you shop at bread/bakery outlets? What kind of deals do you find?
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