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Hi all!<br>
Our Breadman bread machine is finally dying after 10+ years. To be fair, I've only owned it for 3 years, and got it for free off of Freecycle. It's dying and it's time to pony up for a new one. Does anyone have any suggestions? I want something with a horizontal loaf and has a timer, but nothing too fancy. Anyone have any favorites? Any of you have grain grinders (I think that's what they're called)? I'm totally intrigued by the idea of grinding my own grain--can you do bread flour as well with it or do you have to add gluten? Thanks!<br>
Erin
 

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We had a used Williams Sonoma machine that was great! If you can find one used it is worth the money (probably new too, but they're not cheap new).<br><br>
We have a nutrimill and LOVE it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
We find with fresh flour (especially soft white winter wheat) there is no need for extra gluten. Its proteins are still fresh and the bran isn't so dry that it makes the loaf heavy.<br><br>
The best part of a mill is we can get large amounts of whole grains (not just wheat either) and store them while we use them slowly. That way the grain stays fresh, the oils/etc intact and we save a LOT of money over buying flour. ( <a href="http://www.wheatmontana.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wheatmontana.com/</a> if you're interested)
 
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