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Good Bread Machine?

November 4th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I am thinking about buying a new bread machine and was wondering if any of you have experience with the recent models and could recommend one? I'd prefer one that makes a square or rectangular loaf, not a round one. It also needs to have a manual setting for making pizza dough or rolls.

I've been thinking about this for a while now. The bread machine I am currently using is my mothers and it doesn't have the ability to bake the bread because the heating element has never worked since she loaned it to me. I have always just mixed the dough in it and then transferred it to loaf pans for the second rise.

Now that it is cold the dough does not rise very quickly and can sometimes take all day. A fully functioning bread machine keeps a warm enough environment for the bread to rise like it should. Plus I would be able to just bake the loaf of bread in it.

One of the things about not having my own full kitchen is that when I want to use Mom's oven it can be quite an ordeal. She has a double oven, but you can't bake in the small top one or the bread will hit the ceiling and rolls will bake too fast. You also can't roast a whole chicken in the top oven. Stuff has to be pretty flat to cook in it. The large oven, however, is where she insists on storing all of her pots and pans. So then I have to take everything out of the oven and put it on the counters to use it.

We are talking about ten pieces of cookware and I can't stack them inside each other in case they scratch the coating, so they have to be spread out. And then she complains because the counters are covered with her pots and pans. She has plenty of low shelf space, but for some reason doesn't want to use them for pots and pans.

Quite frankly it is why I use the cooktop, crockpot, and microwave so much...because she moans about everything in the kitchen being out of place. Lately I can't even use the counters to put the pots and pans on, because her last 3 canner loads of beans are spread all over it. She won't put them away. We've offered to help, but she'll get to it when she gets to it. It's been 3 weeks.

So I've kind of given up making my own bread but I really want to get back to it. Bread machines don't cost that much and if I can make bread in my area I won't have to deal with the fuss she makes about using the main kitchen. And I can make it at any time of day I want. I'll be able to put the stuff in at night and program it to be ready in the morning.

I've been thinking about this for a long time now and I think I am ready to make the plunge.

7 Responses to “Good Bread Machine?”

  1. Kiki Says:

    I look forward to seeing responses as i too have been thinking about buying one. I used to have one but when it died i never replaced it.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't have a bread machine. I have a friend that has an Oster, but I'm not sure she actually uses it to bake the bread! LOL Good luck finding one for your needs.

  3. frugalredhead Says:

    Mine is a Sunbeam, and I've had it for a few years and I love it! I did get a lemon the first time - the thing was totally dead, but I called customer service and they sent me a brand new one with no problems, and I've never had an issue with it. Best Mother's day present I've ever gotten! Smile

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I wish I could have a bread machine! They are rather large, so I don't know where I would park it in my small kitchen. But my question is, do you find it cheaper to make bread rather than buy it? I've never been sure that it would pay off.

  5. frugalredhead Says:

    Honestly, I don't really find it cheaper to make sandwich bread than to buy it. I buy cheap store brand bread and I can't get the breadmaker bread sliced thin enough for my kids to fit in their little mouths Smile Usually I buy them the Arnold's flat bread when it's on sale and freeze it for their sandwiches, and then use regular bread for my sandwiches and for grilled cheese and toast.

    BUT, what I love my breadmaker for the best is making homemade bread for special occasions, like a big loaf of Italian herb bread for Thanksgiving, and I also use it to make dough for pizza, dinner rolls, and crescent-roll like dough to make the kids ham & cheese roll ups and things like that for dinner. I also use it to make raisin bread, which costs about $3-4 a loaf at the grocery store.

    It has certainly paid for itself in dough and raisin bread. I've never used it for this purpose, but you can also make jam and other things in it as well!

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    I find it cheaper. Because of my food allergies and because of my son's food allergies we have to either buy expensive bread that is about $5 a loaf or make it ourselves for $1 a loaf. If I didn't use all organic ingredients it would be 50 cents a loaf. And I can make cheaper hamburger and hot dog buns, rolls, and pizza dough than I can buy at the store. Not to mention the taste is superior even to the fancy pants clean bread we can buy.

    And lets face it, nothing beats fresh bread still warm from baking.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I saw something about using a crockpot to cook bread in - or at least to have it rise in.

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