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Old 07-25-2009, 05:29 PM
 
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Only a small fraction of the machines that were bought actually found their way permanently into the purchaser's dietary lifestyle.

Evidently all of those people post on this forum.
That's funny. I kind of thought the same thing.
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:52 PM
 
Location: North Adams, MA
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About 10 or 15 years ago when the Breadmaker fad was at it's peak, many people bought them like they bought whatever exercise machine was popular at the time.

And, like the exercise machine, they got used once or twice, stored in the garage, and ended up in the yard sale or at the GoodWill.

Only a small fraction of the machines that were bought actually found their way permanently into the purchaser's dietary lifestyle.

Evidently all of those people post on this forum.
Actually those of us who use our machines frequently didn't buy them because of a fad. We did it because of reasons similar to those I posted in my earlier comments, like health and sheer disgust with overpriced mass market bread.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:07 AM
 
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Actually those of us who use our machines frequently didn't buy them because of a fad. We did it because of reasons similar to those I posted in my earlier comments, like health and sheer disgust with overpriced mass market bread.
Don't forget the fun factor. I really enjoy baking of all kinds. Far more than cooking.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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I'm with Tally's mom. I got mine because of the fun factor, and after I had it I realized the cost savings.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:44 AM
 
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Hello. Just following the wonderful grocery thread, and someone mentioned using a bread machine. Never used one, never thought about it. We eat whole wheat bread that averages about $2.50 per loaf. Is the cost savings using a bread machine worth buying one? I don't even know how much a machine would cost!! Guess I'll look it up now. Always seemed like it would be pretty involved, making the bread that is.
Yes, you'll save money in the long run. I have a bread machine, and I use it often, but I only use it to make the dough because I haven't found a bread machine that bakes the loaves how I want them baked.

But money-wise, should cost you about $1 a loaf, for better bread than you're buying.
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Old 07-26-2009, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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I am one of the people who bought a like-new bread machine at my thrift store for under $10. What a bargain! Nothing like the aroma of baking bread throughout the house. Yum
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I want one.

I'll bet it will be like my Food Processor.

For years I thought they were silly gadgets.

Then I bought one and found it to be one of the most useful tools in my kitchen.

If I can find a Bread Maker that makes good tasting Sourdough with real crust, it will be easier to convince my wife it's a good idea to buy one.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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I want one.

I'll bet it will be like my Food Processor.

For years I thought they were silly gadgets.

Then I bought one and found it to be one of the most useful tools in my kitchen.

If I can find a Bread Maker that makes good tasting Sourdough with real crust, it will be easier to convince my wife it's a good idea to buy one.
Not going to happen, unless you only have it knead the dough for you, and then take it out and bake it properly in the oven. That's my only real complaint about bread-makers -- they don't bake the bread anywhere near as nicely as a real oven does.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Well, taking it out and baking it in the oven is easy as pie. But you can tell the bread machine to do a light, medium or dark crust. And if you have your sourdough starter, you're good to go!
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:17 PM
 
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Well, taking it out and baking it in the oven is easy as pie. But you can tell the bread machine to do a light, medium or dark crust. And if you have your sourdough starter, you're good to go!
Yes, but the crust made by baking in the bread machine is nothing like the crust he'd get by taking the dough out, making a properly shaped loaf of sourdough, and baking it in the oven.

Breadmachines are great for kneading up the dough and saving money on bread, but not so great for baking it.
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