I have been really intrigued by the experiment Laura over at Heavenlyhomemakers.com has been doing about the cost of food. I have been crunching numbers all weekend. It is fun! And, really helpful in identifying things we eat that are expensive that I thought were cheaper. Maybe it will change some things that I make on a regular basis. We shall see.
Anyway, after sharing with you what pizza costs to make, I did some more number crunching today. Here are the food items I figured and also how much our dinner cost and how much it costs to make bread.
Honey: 46.00/gallon; 0.36/ounce
Coconut oil: 44.00/gallon; 0.34/ounce
Olive oil: 21.00/101 ounces; 0.21/ounce
Yeast: 2.55/pound; 0.06/TBS
Real Salt: 1.91/pound; 0.07/TBS
Sprouted Wheat: 0.75/pound= 3 cups flour; 1 cup= 0.25
Raw Milk: 7.00/gallon; 0.44/cup
My Bread Recipe
6 cups flour-- 1.50
1/3 cup olive oil-- 1.05
1/3 cup honey-- 1.80
1 TBS yeast-- 0.06
2 tsp salt-- 0.04
2 cups water--0.00
Total: $4.45 for two loaves; $2.23 per loaf
Tuna/Sardine Melts, Broccoli with cheese sauce
1 lb. broccoli-- 2.00
1/2 loaf bread-- 1.12
1 can tuna-- 2.79
1 can sardines-- 2.33
3 TBS flour-- 0.09
3 TBS butter-- 0.39
1 1/2 cups milk-- 0.66
6 oz. cheddar-- 3.00
Some notes about dinner-- whenever we have tuna, it is really expensive, because I buy wild planet tuna and we also buy wild planet sardines. The cheddar was organic valley raw cheddar.
Dinner Last night
1 lb whole wheat spaghetti-- 1.50
1 jar sauce-- 2.79
Last night, Chris and I went out. The kids ate this with the sitter and there was enough left over that we had it for lunch this afternoon with garlic bread and pears. If we had eaten this as a family last night, it would have either been all gone, or there would have been one small little portion left. But, i just wanted to include this meal as well so you can see that our meal costs vary from night to night. While tonight's dinner might seem really expensive to some, I feel last night's dinner was relatively inexpensive. I don't know! What do you think? How much do YOU spend on each meal? Is this even something you think about? I know I didn't really until this past week.
Hope you enjoyed this exercise as much as I did. :-) I will probably be posting more costs of meals in the next few weeks.