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We love homemade bread and before the twins were born, I was making at least 2-3 loaves a week. Obviously, I don't have the time for that with 6 week old babies and we're missing our bread. So, DH and I were disucssing a bread machine, but I'm not sure it's worth it in the long run.<br><br>
It's nice to be able to make more than one loaf at a time, which I can do by hand and not in a machine, and is necessary (and will be moreso in the future) with our growing family.<br><br>
The bread machine is going to take up my already lax cupboard/counter space.<br><br>
And so on...<br><br>
So...thoughts/advice? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love my bread machine. I got mine used at a thrift store for $10....and it looked like it had hardley been used at that. I bought it about 3 years ago, and its still going strong!<br><br>
For our family it comes in handy for more than just breads. We use it to make pizza doughs, and doughs for biscuits and such. I dont have much time between the kids and bedrest to do it all by hand. My machine also came with recipes for doing jams and jellies, but I havent tried it.
 

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I just don't knead my bread dough. Its the easiest thing ever, but requires more planning. Basically, mix flour, water, yeast/sourdough starter, herbs/whatever else you can think of and put it in a bowl in a warm spot covered for 18+ hours. Instead of the manual activation of the gluten through keading, you rely on the natural process of the water and flour mixing on their own.<br><br>
When the dough has risen sufficiently, bake<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I typically start a loaf in the afternoon and bake it the next morning.
 

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You can always go the no-knead route, or you could get a stand-mixer, which can make beautiful bread, but is also extremely versatile.
 

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I started my breakmaking out in a breadmaker but have moved on to no-knead and sourdough bread. I still pull out the breadmachine for certain things or if I need a quick loaf. But the breadmachine is not as versatile or as yummy as handmade breads.
 

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I like my bread machine. I don't use it to actually bake the bread all that often, but throw all the ingredients in it and use the kneading (rising) setting. then I take it out and shape it and bake in the oven.<br><br>
it is big and bulky and our countertops are empty, it does take up a large amount of cabinet space though. I am glad I have it though...<br><br>
warm crusty bread fresh from the oven is so good.
 

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Yep, love my bread machine!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love mine. If I only made it by hand, I'm afraid we wouldn't have fresh bread very often. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I know in theory that it doesn't take that much time, but I am easily overwhelmed when it comes to planning out the time needed for projects (something I'm working on). So for us, the bread machine is wonderful!!!
 

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I really think it's worth it. Back when I had mine, I made bread at least once per week. Now it's a once in a blue moon type thing... even with the fabulous no-knead recipe.
 

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At Christmastime you can pick one up for $30 to $40, and I use mine nearly every day. I'd say it's worth it. I can go buy a huge bag of bread flour at Costco about once a month and keep us in bread and buns for about a month, as opposed to buying loaves of bread and packaged buns at the store for about $2 a loaf and $2 to $3 a package. Huge savings. Bread is expensive here, but yeast is extremely cheap at Costco also.
 

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Yes! Around here the thrift stores have tons of them...all for 5-15 dollars and most of them nearly new. I got a Welbilt for 5 bucks at the end of summer and have used it about 2-3 times a week ever since. Before it II think I made bread once every 2-3 MONTHS. Like a PP said, I normally don't bake in it. It's just great to be able to set the timer and have the mixing, first rise and kneeding done.
 

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IMO yes! We make most of our bread and only rarely buy it, so it saves a TON of time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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ooooh... I just found this thead while doing a search for bread makers since I just bought one!!! I found a bunch at the thrift store, and bought a betty crocker one for $3.25. I figure it's not very much layout, and thanks to the hillbilly housewife site, I knew to look for the paddle, insert, and machine.<br><br>
so, to the OP, you might try looking at used, and then donate it back if you don't like it.
 

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For me it's not worth it. I have tried four different machines and ended up taking them all back. I find the machine just does not make a nice whole grain loaf of bread. White bread always turns out perfect, but not the whole wheat ones.<br><br>
I use my stand mixer and do a sponge. I soften the yeast, then add enough flour to make a thin batter, and some honey. I let it sit and rise for 45min. Then I add more flour and salt and let the machine kneed. I spend a day and make about a dozen loaves of dough. I bake one and then freeze the rest. I then take it out of the freezer the night before I want bread and put it in the pan covered over night. In the morning I bake it.
 

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Thanks for weighing in, everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Decisions, decisions. I DO have a stand mixer...
 

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That is something to consider. Even with the breadmaker, I use the Kitchenaid for large batches of bread, buns, pizza dough, etc.
 

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I'm sitting here eating my 3rd slice of fresh baked bread from my bread machine. It's absolutely heavenly!!! I picked mine up at the thrift store for $10 and included the manual. Totally worth it IMO. FWIW, I used the HillyBilly Housewife Oatmeal Bread recipe. Yummy!
 

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can someone decipher this for me? I got an email from Zojirushi America Corp when I asked them if they had a non-teflon pan available. I had read somewhere that they did. This is their response:<br><br><br><i>All of our bread machine pan is coated with non stick coating<br>
called Sumiflon (not Teflon).<br><br>
If you like more information on sumiflon please click on the link below.<br><a href="http://www.sei-sfp.co.jp/english/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.sei-sfp.co.jp/english/index.html</a><br><br><br><br></i><br>
Isn't this just 'teflon' without the brand name?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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