Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

Scraps of bread

I bake all of our family’s bread. Sunday night I dug a ziploc bag of rough chopped bread out of the freezer to make the bread crumbs for our dinner of salmon cakes.I love that I have a couple of bags of odds and ends of bread in my freezer. I don’t throw out the heels or the odd stale pieces of bread. They are too valuable; too much of myself has gone into making them to just toss them aside.  I made that bread, and I am determined to use it all.If I bought bread, cheap at the store, I’d feel little compulsion to use every last scrap. If you buy bread, you may as well buy bread crumbs, right? Because at that point, what matters is convenience, not quality; a purchase, not thrift.

The more work we have invested in something, the more time, art, and skill, the more likely we are to care for it and use it responsibly.  Baking my bread, eating it all, even the scraps, is one step toward the wise use of our resources that is encouraged by the provident living principles of thrift and self reliance. And it is one step toward being a better steward of the earth.

  • Anonymous

    See more reflections on bread at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2011/10/daily-bread/#comment-332197.

  • Sprout

    Rachel, thanks so much for this post. I’m reminded of my student ward at BYU and one of my favorite Bishops. (His last name was Whipple, incidentally.) We had a special calling in the ward for “sacrament bread coordinator.” It was usually given to a sister in the Relief Society and she was in charge of giving the ward bread machine to one of the apartment of sisters in the ward. That apartment could use the bread machine all they wanted that week and then they were in charge of making bread for the sacrament on Sunday. When he set apart my roommate for this calling, he told her that he felt inspired to create this calling because “we should know the hands who prepare the bread that represents the Lord’s body.” I think that’s a really profound concept on many levels.