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#1 of 13 Old 12-26-2008, 09:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We had a breadmaker for 8 years and it broke down. I was using it atleast once a week for several years. We really want another one but our budgetis really tight rightnow. We are thinking about getting one used or new on clearance. Any suggestions? Does anyone know of any good after Christmas sales on kitchen appliances?
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we have had about 3 bread machines since we got married. None of them cost more than 8 dollars at the thrift store. This is one of those items that you will either use till it breaks, or buy then never use, so it is a really good thing to buy at a thrift store.
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I'd definitely check out the thrift stores in your areas! We bought a Breadman Ultimate retail for nearly $200 a few years ago and it's still going strong - BUT I pick them up at thrift stores and garage sales whenever I can to have back-ups for when this one does die.

So far the MOST I've paid for a gently used (read - was a gift and the folks never used it) was $5.
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we have had about 3 bread machines since we got married. None of them cost more than 8 dollars at the thrift store. This is one of those items that you will either use till it breaks, or buy then never use, so it is a really good thing to buy at a thrift store.
I have bought 2 for about five dollars - one at Sal Val one at a church yard sale.
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I got one at the thrift store, too. I was even able to find the owner's manual on line.

BUT, it was a really crappy one. My friend has one that makes great bread and I was hoping for something along those lines, but the one I got was no good. So back it went to the thrift store, and I've used my food processor ever since.

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I got rid of my breadmaker after starting the no-knead bread method:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=555910

The machine bread just wasn't nearly as good! And this is SO EASY, I promise, once you try it twice! See also:
http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2007/0...ead-revisited/

There's also a book I haven't read or tried called something like Homemade Bread in Five Minutes a Day you might look into.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-...tes-A-Day.aspx

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The book _Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a day_ is a really good book. I use their technique and it is easy. It does take only about 5 minutes to mix the ingredients. (There is more time involved in the rising and cooking, of course.) But it is a simple method and makes great bread. The idea is that you make up a bunch of dough and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You take off a chunk and let it rise and cook it when you want bread. No breadmaker required.

I have a breadmaker and still use it often. But I highly recommend the Artisan bread book also. Their standard recipe can be found online if you search for it. There are also some short youtube videos which demonstrate the technique. The book gives a lot more detail, and many variations and other recipes.
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Bought mine at the thrift store for $5. Had to search a bit to find one with the paddle as well as the manual, but it wasn't a hard search. Only ended up using it a few times over the course of 4 years.

Ironically, I just sold it not to long ago for $20 on Craigslist.
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Our GW always has at least 5 bread machines. Have you tried freecycle?
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I would see if you can get one for free via Freecycle or else do the thrift store - lots of people buy bread machines or get them as gifts and never use them.
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I make bread the "old fashioned way" - kneading. It's really not that much more work. Once you're done kneading, it's only a matter of leaving it alone to rise. Punching it down. Leaving it alone again to rise. And then popping it in the oven.

The maximum amount of time (total) that I spend on the bread is 30 minutes. And that's when I'm making an elaborate bread. Usually it's more like 10 minutes. This time is interspersed. Not all at once.

So, if I were you, I'd save your money, keep on the lookout for a good deal on a bread machine. But, in the mean time, know that you can do all that a bread machine does by hand. With not too much trouble. I actually prefer oven baked and hand kneaded breads. I find they taste better, for some reason.

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I've gotten two bread machines on freecycle.
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I love to make bread by hand; I do think it tastes better. However, we use our bread machine, too. I've never spent more than $10 for a used bread machine. There is almost always bread machines at second hand stores. And I've never really seen a huge difference between them, no matter the price of buying it new.
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