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Choosing The Right Bread Maker

There is something wonderful about the scent of fresh baked bread. But how often do you have the time and energy to do all that kneading, waiting and then kneading again? That’s where a bread maker comes in. However, there are so many to choose from that you might find it daunting to even try looking!

I’m here to let you know that choosing the right bread maker is relatively easy. All you need to do is visit your local store that sells kitchen appliances and choose the one that best suits your needs. Of course, the Internet can play an important role in helping you research before you drive around from store to store. So, how do you choose the right bread maker?

Take a Look at the Space in Your Kitchen
You need to make sure that you have enough room for your bread maker. Though not overly big, it will require some storage, so you want to make sure that you have plenty of space to place the bread maker when not in use.

Decide How Big A Bread Maker You Want
Now that you know how much space you have, you need to decide how big of a bread maker you want. Do you need one that will make a one pound loaf? One and a half pound loaves? Or two pound loaves? Do you want it to make one loaf or two? It is important to consider the number of people in your family and how much bread they will eat when choosing.

What Features Do You Want?
If you want a machine that starts at some time after you’ve set it up, then you’ll need to find a machine that includes a delay timer. This allows the bread maker to start at the time you want it to and have the bread ready at a time that is convenient for you and your family. This is great if you want fresh bread with dinner but work all day.

Other features that bread makers have include:

  • Since bread makers both knead and bake your bread, some come with the option to stop after kneading and allow you to take the dough out and bake it in your regular oven.
  • Another fabulous option is a machine that tells you when it is time to add your ingredients. These types of bread makers do this with some form of signal or light. If you make nutty or fruity breads, this is a good choice in bread makers.
  • Are you always going to eat the bread right away? If not, you may want to find a bread maker with a warming fuction.

That’s pretty much it. See how easy that was?

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.