We are one of those families that has a bread machine, but seldom use it…. Maybe this will spur on some renewed interest!
Bread machines are great appliances, but many people buy them and never use them so there is a glut of cheap used bread machines at yard sales, flea markets, and on Craigslist. The downside of paying $10 for a machine that originally went for $100 is that used bread machines usually don’t come with an owner’s manual, but if you take a little time to understand how a bread machine works you won’t actually need the manual.
Frugal living site Hillbilly Housewife has an exhaustive article that delves into understanding the three main parts of a bread machine, how to measure the bread pan capacity to plan recipes, control panel functions, crust settings, using timer and delay settings, special ingredients, and what order to add ingredients to a bread machine. Reading this article should get up and running with your new-to-you machine.
While you can certainly make homemade bread without a bread machine, I’ve found that having the machine around pays off for my family, and we’ve made a lot more bread after purchasing our $10 used bread machine that we did before it entered our lives. Photo by edvvc.
Bread Machine Basics | The Hillbilly Housewife