Baking Bread Sustainable-Style

Bread is a huge part of many people’s diets around the world, and comes in hundreds of varieties. Even though it seems harmless, the production of bread can actually emit lots of carbon, between growing wheat in gas-emitting fertilizers, and travelling between farms and stores worldwide. As with most foods, it is best to purchase bread from a local grocery store, bakery, or farmer’s market. However, if you want to get creative and be with your food from start to finish, making your own bread is the way to go! Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Buy grain or flour in bulk. This is a more economical option, and reduces waste from extra containers or bags. If you want to be extremely sustainable, consider buying grain and grinding it into flour yourself- this can be done using everyday kitchen devices, like a blender or food processor.
  • Make bread in a can! Though it may seem odd, people have been making bread in cans for a long time. It is a great way to reuse old containers in a fun and creative way.
  • Purchase ingredients straight from the farmer. This reduces shipping emissions, and this way you know exactly what you’re getting.

Go forth and bake sustainably!

Written by Isabel Lieberman, Class of 2021, Image Sourced by pixabay.com

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