As Best Bread Machine always aims to provide our friends and readers with useful information about bread makers, we have decided to dedicate a portion of our site to some of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We regularly look at our mailbox to see if you guys have any messages for us, and we always do our best to answer inquiries with regards to baking bread using a bread machine.
Below, you will find some of the most asked questions about bread makers. We have compiled these in an easy to read form so that all your questions will be answered in an organized manner. We will be updating this as new questions come up; so be sure to check back often!
Q: What Type of Flour Do I Need to Use on a Bread Machine?
A: In general, you can use any type of flour (Bread, All Purpose, Whole Grain, etc) unless the recipe or the instruction booklet specifically requires a certain type of flour. In our experience, however, we noticed that using bread flour and all purpose flour can produce a bread that’s well-risen and fluffy. And our observation with whole grain flour is that the results are a little heavy and thick. Keep that in mind when deciding on the type of flour to use in your recipes.
Q: How Fast Can You Bake Bread Using a Bread Maker?
A: Some breadmakers are equipped with rapid bake functionality. If your unit has this feature, a basic white bread can usually be ready in just about an hour. Should you decide to use the regular setting, it can take about 3 hours to complete the baking cycle. We recommend using the regular cycle as much as possible as this produces the best results.
Q: Is it More Practical to Make Homemade Bread?
A: If you want to serve your family with healthy forms of bread, it would be very practical to make your own bread instead of always buying from the stores. You see, store-bought breads are filled with preservatives like coloring and flavoring; and these are all bad for the health. However, if you are making your own recipes at home, you can control the ingredients that you put into every bread recipe.
Q: How Long is the Shelf Life of Homemade Breads?
A: Since homemade bread recipes are free from preservatives, the shelf life is relatively shorter than commercial types of bread. It is advisable to consume the bread you made within 3 days; and any left over piece can be put in the refrigerator too. It is for this reason that Best Bread Machine recommends making the size of bread that you can consume immediately.
Q: Can I Bake Cakes in a Bread Machine?
A: Yes, there are cake recipes that can be baked in a bread maker. You can also opt to use those already prepared mixes that can be bought in groceries. However, ready-made mixes can contain additives and preservatives that are not good for one’s health.
Q: Should I Use Yeast in Breadmaker Recipes?
A: Yes, yeast is needed to allow the dough to rise. We recommend using dry yeast that come in bottles as this is very easy to manage and store. When putting the yeast along with the other ingredients, make sure that it doesn’t touch the salt. Salt can kill the yeast and will result in flat bread.
Q: How Much Should I Pay for a Bread Maker?
A: We checked out a lot of bread makers and looked at the prices. A brand new unit can cost anywhere from $60 to $300 depending on the brand and model. Typically, more expensive models carry more features than low-priced units. If you want your bread maker to carry such features as automatic yeast dispenser and fruit and nut dispenser, you should be willing to pay more for such appliances. Those units which have more bread settings are also more expensive than standard models.
If you are on a tight budget, you can just purchase a basic bread maker which is also good and useful. In fact, if you are really lucky, you can even find bread machines in garage sales that are only priced at around $10. Just always try to get the best bread machine that you can afford, as this can really serve you well for a long time.