I would like to buy a bread machine and see many at the thrift store. Should I try one of those first or get a new one? Any recommendations on the brand? I don't want to spend a lot of money on it. Thanks!
I found a good one on Craigslist for a decent price, that had the manual with it. If you can get one with a manual, I would recommend it, because you would want to have those recipes as a guide. As long as you can test it before you buy it, you should be OK.
I own a Toastmaster brand machine, and it works quite well. It was from a thrift shop, and I found the manual online. Manuals for bread machines are available online if the one you buy does not have a manual. Two sites to try are Bread-Maker.net, and breadmachinedigest.com. There are also sites for individual brands of machines. Just google bread machine manuals or your particular brand.
I see bread machines at thrift stores ALL the time! Check your local salvation army! That's where I found mine! I found another one at GOOD Will. I love the one I got from Salvation Army! It's older, but it works GREAT! I love it!! YOu don't have to spend tons of money on a new one, unless you will really use it ALL the time. I use mine once a week and I spent $4.00 on it!
I would get one at the thrift shop as many people get these breadmakers and don't know how or want to use them and just give them away to get rid of them. Some of them may be almost new. You can get lots of recipes on line (especially at about.com) just type in bread machine recipes in the search. I don't use mine much in the summer, but it can be 'dangerous' in the winter as I do use it a lot and the bread is so addicting!! Good luck!
Purchase a new one and keep the receipt for a year.
I would not purchase a used one because you really don't know where it has been and it could cause a fire etc....
I had one and used it to death..literally...
great for when you don't have any money for $2.39 a loaf...
We used to use ours quite a bit but now haven't in years. Since you don't know how you will like using one, I'd recommend spending as little as possible. I think a used one in good condition would be a good place to start. Bread machines tho have really come down in price so even new ones are not very expensive but if you could get one for let's say 5 bucks or so, that'd be a great way to try one out. You could always buy a nicer one later.
Also, another thought if you are on the fence about whether you'd really like a bread machine, is see if someone you know would lend you theirs for a while and you could try one w/o actually owning one yourself. You may have a good friend or relative that wouldn't mind lending you one for a week or so.
Thanks for all the suggestions!
I would go a head and buy the used one. For all you know, it wasn an unwanted gift and may not have even been used. They were all the rage for a while, then seemed to sit in the backs of cupboards. Yours may also be a novelty for a while, so I'd ask the thrift shop to plug it in (to make sure it works) and if okay, go for your life! Hopefully the manual is with it. There's nothing better than setting the timer and waking up to the smell of cooking bread for a fresh breakfast! Have fun!
Thanks for asking this, Mindy, I've been wondering the same thing myself for quite a while. Now I too can benefit from the advice given here :)
I got one from freecycle. It had been a gift the person didn't use much. After you have it a while, more than likely you'll tire of it too. Don't spend too much money on something like this. (smile)
I got a breadmaker free off freecycle.org. The lady didn't want it any more. I had to clean it up since it had been in a shed, but I watched it carefully the first time or two and it works just fine. I use it a lot.
I have 2, one bought brand new. Have gotten for friends at tag sales and good will. Know your price. Thrift stores usually have a 1 week return time on anything electric.
Make sure it is a 2 pound dough capacity machine. You can do so much with it. I do not back the bread in my machines but have LOTs of recipes we have redone to fit my machine. Lots of times of dos and don't as well. I never use the powdered milk recipes call for, use fresh. For "oil" I use olive or butter. The quality does make a different. For those with diet restrictions of no butter? Maybe bread should be off it too! I make all types of grain breads, French breads, herb breads whole wheat/molasses, etc.
You can turn the dough out after the dough cycle ends (make sure the machine has DOUGH CYCLE) and the normal baked in the machine loaf is 1. Dough and pan it--makes 3. Saves you lots of concentrated carbs.
You can make delicious rolls, desserts, etc. All 3 of my sons learned to bake many styles of bread with the machines. I have Osters.
Make sure the little paddle in the inside of the tub looks look new and does not spin real freely in the container. There are little flanges on it that catch for the kneed cycle. I have replaced this on one--and found that a 2nd hand machine was the same price.
I am open for questions and recipes after the holiday if you email me at jnokleby @ info-link.net I get blue and purple ribbons at the fair with my breads!
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