A few months ago I began researching the various breadmaking machines on the market, in hopes of finding a great breadmaker to begin making our own bread at home. While there are many people who make bread at home, by hand, without the help of an automatic bread machine, I simply don’t have the time for that.
To have the ability to just dump bread making ingredients into a breadmaker, press a couple of buttons and hit Start, and allow the bread machine to do all the mixing, kneading, rising and baking different kinds of breads in various size loaves, sent me on my search of the best of the best bread machines to choose from.
There is nothing like the smell, texture and flavor of freshly baked homemade bread, so I made sure to take my time carefully reading and reviewing many bread machine reviews online before making my final choice of the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker with yeast dispenser.
Why Make Your Own Bread at Home
One of the common questions that comes up when speaking to someone about having an interest in making homemade bread, is Why? Why would anyone want to make bread themselves at home when it’s quicker to just buy pre-made bread at the grocery store or bakery? Some of the reasons given are that it’s cheaper to make your own bread; the wonderful aroma of homemade breads baking can’t be beat; and, the unique flavors of the breads made from experimenting with different bread making recipes.
While those reasons are true, and are of themselves excellent reasons for considering purchasing a breadmaker to make your own breads in your own home, there’s another reason why so many choose to make their own bread that is often only hinted at very subtly. Not here though. Not here on Telling It Like It Is.
One of the most important, best reasons why many people are making the choice to begin making their own bread at home, is to do what they can to reduce their exposure and consumption of chemicals in their food and bodies. Whenever you read the words “flavor enhancers, preservatives, dyes or colorings”, have you ever taken the time to really think hard about what those words actually mean? Chemicals, Chemicals, Chemicals. In your food you’re eating and feeding to your family.
If you haven’t really given much thought to the amount of chemicals found in foods, beverages, water, personal products etc, perhaps it’s time that you do a little research and reading about such things and how harmful they are.
Best Bread Machines For Bread Making At Home
The most popular bread machines are from companies that include Panasonic/National, Oster, West Bend, Cuisinart, Sunbeam, Black & Decker, Breville, Breadman, Hamilton Beach, to name a few. When choosing a bread maker, my criteria for deciding which bread maker I should buy was based on price range, included features and ease of use, number of positive ratings vs negative rankings and specific details as to why they liked or disliked their chosen model, reviews from people currently using a particular breadmaker machine, and overall positive comments and recommendations from breadmaker users.
Here are two pictures of our bread machine in process of making cinnamon raisin bread, our first time using the Panasonic. Honestly, just dump in the ingredients and let the magic begin.
After spending months reading reviews and articles about breadmakers, it was easy to decide on the Panasonic bread machine. I wanted to spend less than $200.00 for a breadmaker, and the Panasonic fit that requirement. The many, many features and ease of use and cleanup was a big selling point for me. Just throw the ingredients into the breadmaker pan, touch a couple of buttons and hit Start, and watch with wonderful amazement as the machine mixes, kneads, rises and bakes delicious loaves of breads and cakes of all kinds in three different loaf size options. The 13-hour time delay feature is a great plus and helps a lot in meal planning. Having the bread machine do it’s magic overnight and have freshly baked bread ready first thing in the morning is a spectacular feature we take advantage of often.
Bread Machine Bread Recipes and Cookbooks
Even though bread machines come with a pamphlet-sized “cookbook” with several recipes of breads or cakes to make, I wanted more recipes and more variety than what is contained in those so-called cookbooks. There are websites online, like AllRecipes.com, that have many breadmaker machine recipes than can be printed (and put into a 3-ring binder as a makeshift cookbook), having a couple of bread machine cookbooks on hand is always a good idea. Got a Kindle? Many of the cookbooks for bread machines are offered in a Kindle Edition version at a somewhat cheaper price than buying the cookbook outright. Either way, you’ll want a couple bread making cookbooks to experiment with recipes and make breads or cakes you haven’t had before.
Whatever your personal reasons are for homemade bread making, or even if you’re still considering whether or not to make your own dough, bread loaves or cakes at home, purchasing a bread machine of whichever brand you like best will make the job of making breads a lot of fun and oh-so easy.