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Old 09-09-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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that's a good tip. it's surprisingly easy to find bread machines at garage sales and thrift stores that have only been used a couple times in the $10 range.

other cost concerns are the breadmaker mfgers' insistence that you have to use special bread machine flower and yeast. there are definitely ways around both of those if you're willing to spend some time tweaking - i usually use a sourdough starter culture instead of a packet of 'bought' yeast.
I use regular flour, and I buy the bread machine yeast in a jar--same price as regular yeast.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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Where do you all buy the ingredients to make the bread? What store do you go to or internet site do you order from?
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:58 PM
 
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I get everything at my local grocery store.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:58 PM
 
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All you need to make bread is flour, yeast, water, and maybe salt so you can buy it at your local supermarket. However, as others have mentioned, Costco (or other warehouse stores) have great prices when buying yeast and flour in bulk - especially the yeast. You can also buy ingredients like that at health food stores, directly from a mill, online, etc.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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I use regular flour, and I buy the bread machine yeast in a jar--same price as regular yeast.
i use regular flour, and a sourdough starter yeast i grow myself.

initially, i stuck by the owner's manual, which was pretty vocal about requiring the use of special bread machine flour and yeast.

then i took a close look at how much those items cost, and started experimenting.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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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.
I have a book called "Worldwide Sourdoughs From Your Bread Machine" by Donna Rathmell German and Ed Wood. They recommend a programmable machine for best results, and have a fair amount of recipes.
I have not tried any of them, but in reading through the book it sounded like they really did their homework.
I mostly make whole grain sourdough breads in a wood fired brick oven, but I like the bread machine to whip up things like banana walnut bread with that last one or two bananas we forgot to eat or oatmeal raisin with the last couple spoonfuls of oatmeal left in the pot.
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Old 09-15-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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I put an ad on Craig's list saying I wanted to buy a breadmaker with the instruction book for $20 and had 3 replies in a day. We had ate our first loaf that night.

You can make a loaf of bread or a pizza crust for less than you would spend if you bought it at the store. The downside is that it smells and tastes so good that we eat much more of it than the storebought stuff. It's hard to keep from over-doing it.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: tampa fl-Soddy Daisy Tn
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We picked up 3 from goodwill last year for $4 each, got the manual online. Now we do a bread assembly line with all 3 machines for 2 days and stock the freezer. It's great except for the weight gain and it is much cheaper.
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Old 09-28-2009, 05:23 AM
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When I serve the homemade bread, it actually cuts the costs of the rest of the meal. Rather than people having 2 pieces of chicken, they will have one and a hunk of bread. The bread is cheaper than the chicken.

A lot of times I'll skip the other starch in the meal (the potato, rice, noodle) with the bread, no one seem that interested in those anyway
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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Exclamation Don't pay full price for a bread machine!

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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.
<<Don't pay full price. Figure out which one is most desirable for you. It's probably at any one of the thrift stores in your town.>> Arg. This is already posted. Lots of great tips here!!!! Wow!

There are also an abundance of those things that seal a meal, at the thrift stores.

Kate
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