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#1 Summer81

Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:12 AM

Is it worth it having a bread maker? I have 3 kids and they're still little and we go through soooo much bread. I dislike how many ingredients go into the store bought loaves and am wondering if making my own would be a better alternative.

Pros and cons? Cost-effectiveness- cheaper in the long run if it's used often? My sister has one and it's so easy-to-use she just adds a couple of ingredients and sets to be cooked by morning.

Or is it just one of those things done a few times then rarely?

And if yes, recommendations of brands? Was thinking of getting one second hand on gumtree.

#2 overlytired

Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:25 AM

I had one years ago and while it was nice to wake up to the smell of fresh bread, it only produces one type of loaf, and we didn't like the texture. It broke after less than 2 years of light use.

Personally, I would recommend a good stand mixer instead. Yes, it's more hands-on to make bread this way, the results are much more palatable, and varied. For example, I can easily make 3 baguettes and 2 challah or plain loaves in the same afternoon with a stand mixer.

#3 Sancti-claws

Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:51 AM

My mother fed a family and a work crew with a breadmaker in the early 80s - she did the maths then and it was worth it.

I make bread using the manual method - but then I no longer have toddlers!!

#4 tenar

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:18 AM

We love our breadmaker.  It's a Sunbeam bakehouse compact.  We are just (a month ago) onto our 3rd of the same model in 9 years: they do eventually break (when you watch how hard the kneader paddle has to work to knead the dough I find that totally understandable).  We chose that type because it's relatively compact and we don't have a lot of kitchen storage.

We use it to either make a loaf for lunch/dinner or dough for rolls.  The rolls are practical for school lunches because you can make them the size you want (I used to make them smaller than two normal slices of bread would be, because kids were little: now I make them bigger).  We use Laucke bread mixes most of the time, though occasionally I make something special like hot cross buns.

It's more practical for us than remembering to have fresh bread at home all the time, and we don't much like stale bread.  That said, the breadmaker bread goes stale very fast because it doesn't have the same amount of preservative as shop-bought bread has: I consider that a good sign, actually.

If you make your own with a mixer the problem is you have to be around for hours.  You have to knead it, let it rest, knead it again, let it rise for an hour, knead it again, let it rise for another hour, then bake it.  I don't like to be stuck at home waiting for bread to do it thing, so that doesn't work for me.  You may differ.

#5 cvbn

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:33 AM

We have a Tefal and love it. It has a timer so you can set it at night to go off in the morning.

(It also has an hour memory so if the power blips, it will not stop)

#6 can'tstayaway

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:43 AM

View Posttenar, on 12 July 2019 - 08:18 AM, said:

If you make your own with a mixer the problem is you have to be around for hours.  You have to knead it, let it rest, knead it again, let it rise for an hour, knead it again, let it rise for another hour, then bake it.  I don't like to be stuck at home waiting for bread to do it thing, so that doesn't work for me.  You may differ.
It depends on the recipe and type of bread you’re making. I sometimes do ‘slow proves’ so I put the dough in the fridge for several hours/overnight. I don’t feel at all restricted about waiting at home for it. Other times, I do a quick prove with the oven set at 50°C and can have soft, fluffy finger buns made in just over an hour.  And I make variations in between too. The slow rise bread doesn’t require kneading either, so it’s a really easy bread to make for minimal effort.

To get a good result in a bread maker, they recommend using the bread mixes which contains bread improver and other additives too. I’m lucky to live near some great bakeries so it’s convenient for us to buy good, additive free bread. I make my own when I’m at home and couldn’t be bothered to go out.

#7 peachkoala

Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:56 AM

I have a bread maker that is nearly 20 years old. Still runs well. I have been using it lightly maybe 1 or 2 loaves a month. Usually 50% whole meal, raisin bread, white, cheese and chive. I was waiting for it to die before getting the popular Panasonic one, but we found an almost new bread maker at my in-laws house when we were emptying it after FIL passed away last year. So I will then use that one until it dies.

It is so easy, put the ingredients in the order listed in the recipe and walk away. Great for overnight. The slices are large and thick and there will always be a hole where the blades are.

#8 Lunafreya

Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:16 AM

I personally don’t trust breadmakers. But then, I grew up with my parents owning a bakery. Stand mixer was much better, I did have to spend a bit of the day making it but you can make a bunch and freeze it.

As well as use it for crumbs or croutons when it starts to go stale. Nothing like home made bread crumbs coating chicken or fish,

#9 Riotproof

Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:31 AM

If you’re getting one second hand, I think it’s worth a go. I used to have two actually, but gave them away because of lack of use. I was at the time making a lot of bread by hand.

#10 hills mum bec

Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:43 AM

I love our breadmaker.  Recently replaced our 21yo Breville Bakers Oven with the new equivalent model.  The home made loaves of bread are cheaper than store brought but they don't last as long.  It's hard to get the slices as thin as shop bought so you don't get as many slices in a loaf and the bread doesn't stay as fresh for as long as store bought.  I use mine a lot just to make dough and then make bread rolls with it as the kids prefer a roll for lunch than a sandwich.  Bread rolls are so easy to make and I will often make a batch if we are having a BBQ or entertaining.  I also use it for pizza dough and I made some really yummy focaccia a few weeks ago.

#11 Once Was A Pom

Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:22 AM

I use my breadmaker to make and prove the dough, then I take it out and shape it myself into whatever bread we fancy at the time. The dough setting takes 90 minutes.
I also use it to make strawberry jam in the summer.

#12 EsmeLennox

Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:13 PM

I have one...it’s 20 plus years old and gets used approximately once a year.

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