I am looking for personal advice besides what I can find on the internet for buying a horizontal bread machine. I have used small, inexpensive machines in the past, but want to go to the larger, horizontal ones. They are more expensive and I am leery of buying one without as much advice as I can get! Thanks.
By ms. carmen
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Make sure you can do 1 pound, 1 1/2 pounds and 2 pounds of dough.
Make sure you can take the dasher out easily. Also see what parts there are on the dasher that would wear out--the inner fins. Then find out what the replacement part is.
If you use your machine alot, order a dasher to keep on hand. For mine it was about $10. When it goes, the bread will not mix in the machine and you waste the product ingredients.
Find out how hot the machine gets. I do not use mine for baking, just kneeding. It makes 3 loaves instead of the 1 when I dump the dough out to raise.
I do like Grandma, I only use mine for mixing and kneading. I have both a Welbuilt and a Regal which are bottom end bread machines. Both have fallen off the counter, breaking the hinge on the lid, and still work! LOL. Now I set my machines on the floor. The vibrating is what made them fall because they lost their rubber feet and were uneven.
I would highly reccomend looking at Goodwill, or other Thrift stores. I got a Breadman for myself and an Oster for my sister at Goodwill for $6.97 each. Both the horizontal loaf. Very pleased with both. If you are in an area that you can check back regularly, I 'm sure you can find one. If they do not have a instruction book, you can download many off the web. I have a delicious recipe for Oatmeal/Honey bread that I make all the time.
I have 2 Sunbeam bread machines; not horizontal but square if I let machine bake it but I only use bread machine to mix "dough only" - not bake it as I don't like the way it bakes the bread. After 1 hr & 30 mins., which is the amount of time my machine takes to do the dough & kneading, I take it out, shape it in loaves, put in loaf pans, let rise then bake in 350° oven for about 25-30 mins. depending on your oven temp then when baked, I take it out of pan, put on a wire rack to cool for a few hours or eveing then wrap in saran wrap & put in large (2 gal) ziploc freezer bags & put in freezer, thawing out in fridge or on counter standing up when I want to eat it. Great! Mine makes 1-1/2 to 2 lb. loaves. Want a recipe? let me know. I make a day of bread making so I don't have to be baking bread all the time- that's why I have two machines.
Just a footnote to my other post. I don't use the recipes contained in the booklets that come with the machine as I don't like them, the French bread one anyway so I found a recipe that works for our taste buds. We haven't bought bread in a couple years or more. Hope any of my post helps you.
This is the one I use for my bread machine:
BREAD MACHINE FRENCH BREAD
1-1/3 C water
1 TBSP butter, softened
4 C white bread flour
5 tsp white sugar
1-1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 TBSP "instant" yeast
Add ingredients per directions for your particular bread machine.
MY NOTES: I use instant yeast as I don't have to worry about temp of water or temp of yeast, in fact, the instant yeast can be used straight from freezer.
Also, I use "dough only" setting so that I get a bigger better loaf of bread. I then remove dough from machine, form it into a loaf, put in greased loaf pan, cover it & let it rise in a warm place for approx. 35-45 minutes then bake in regular oven at 350°F for 26-30 minutes. Times really depend on your oven temps; each oven is different, so adjust for yours.
We love this bread recipe & the only time we buy bread is if we run out of the homemade which we can't stand to eat, the baker's bread, that is. Hope you try this & enjoy.
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I want to buy a bread machine. I have done some research online, but wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations?
Teri from IA
I had a Welbilt for many years and it served me well. Two years ago I saw a Zojirushi and liked the looks of it so my husband got it for me. I absolutely love it! It has so many features that are great. I love to set it the night before and wake up to the smell of baking bread. It makes 1 1/2 pound loaves which is just right for us. Investigate their web site. (01/24/2009)
A lot of those are turning up in thrift shops, and you can download the book for the particular brand you find. (01/26/2009)
I purchased a bread maker from Walmart.com shortly after Thanksgiving. It is a Sunbeam. We got it for $40-something. Now, we make 2 or 3 loaves of bread a week and never buy bread anymore!
I have been really pleased with this bread maker and would recommend it! (01/27/2009)
I am on my second Black and Decker. Great product! I use it for breads and pizza dough (and I even use the pizza dough for flat bread). It has survived falling off the counter on to the ceramic floor. (I used wholewheat flour and should have put more water in the recipe).
I am on the 2nd one because I left the paddle in a loaf and threw out the leftovers. Oops. (The bread maker was too old to find the part.) Now I always take the paddle out as soon as the bread is cool enough.
I use leftover bread for bread crumbs. I have even experimented making pasta dough with it.
My daughter has a Salton Breadmakerand likes hers, too. (01/27/2009)
By Cool Cook
I have an Oster. I got it in March and am very pleased with it.
I bought my previous two machines at thrift shops. One lasted for two cycles. The other never worked on the bake cycle.
I paid $50 on sale for my Oster. (01/27/2009)
I have a Fast Bake Breadmaker by Morphy Richards, but I do live in England. It's the best thing!
I got mine free on Freecycle so I didn't pay a thing. (Go to www.freecycle.org to join up in your local area.)
For 1.38 pounds for 1.5Kg of wholemeal flour I get about 5-6 loaves of bread.
I am baking now and the smell in the kitchen is delicious.
One tip, if you do get one, is to pre-bag all the dry ingredients except the skimmed milk powder. Saves me a lot of time and mess. I pre-bag (Ziploc bags) them once a week.
Over here the cheapest wholemeal loaf is 52p (a little over a dollar) so you can see how much money I am saving, too. And the bread is awesome!
The picture is of my first loaf I made, now they look better now I know the machine. Good luck to you. (01/27/2009)
Oh, and with the Fast Bake Breadmaker by Morphy Richards you can set it to start baking before you get up in the morning.
Just place your ingredients inside the machine, put the yeast in last, (make a little hole in the flour for it to sit in) and set. Then you have warm bread to wake up to.
I haven't tried this yet, but my mum says it works perfectly (she has the same machine!)
I have the Black and Decker All-In-One Horizontal Bread maker. You can set delayed bake so it will start before you wake up and it will be ready when you want. You just add ingredients in the order they tell you and turn it on. 4 hours from start to finish if regular and french bread. 1 hour 10 min for fast breads. Also does jams, desserts, you can also do just dough and then you can bake it. Brown crusts, light or dark in the bread maker too, which was a surprise. Let us know what you got. (01/27/2009)
I would definitely check out thrift stores. I bought a Breadman at Goodwill for $10.00 and am very happy with it. My sister got a Oster for $10.00. Goodwill gives you 10 days to return an appliance if it does not work properly. I make 2 loaves a week, and have not bought bread since getting it. (01/27/2009)
The paddles tend to leave a large gaping hole in the bottom of the loaf and when I say large, I am not exaggerating. What you need to do is research to discover the models that don't have that great big hole.
With our old breadmaker, we'd make a loaf and find that after you take off the ends and the slices with the large holes, there wasn't much left for sandwiches in a lunch box. (01/28/2009)