Choosing a bread machine

A bread making machine or bread machine is a home appliance for baking bread. It consists of a bread pan, at the bottom of which are one or more built-in paddles, mounted in the center of a small special-purpose oven. This small oven is usually controlled by a simple built-in computer, the settings for which are inputted at a control panel. Most bread machines have different cycles for different kinds of dough—including white bread, whole grain, European-style, and dough-only. Many also have a timer to allow the bread machine to activate without operator attendance, and some high-end models allow the user to program a custom cycle.

Each and every bread machine has the same make-a control box just as a micro wave oven. It also has a strong mixing tool to facilitate the mixing of ingredients on the slate where the bread will be seared. Then this piece of equipment will also facilitate the placing of the correct heat for the bread to be done. What is required is for you to do are to put the mixture onto the pan, choose the right temperature and settings then take out the bread when it is done. When choosing the right equipment, take note of its make and descriptions.

So, how do you choose a bread machine? First, if you are not sure whether this is for you and you are going to use a bread machine often, then go for a cheaper model to start with. This does several things for you. Firstly, it gets you started without spending too much money. Secondly, it will give you a chance to see if you like bread machines at all or would rather bake by hand and finally it gives you some experience so that if later on you want a more expensive model, you have a better idea of the features you want.

Also, don’t let the bells and whistles influence your decision too much. Remember, to start with, you only want to bake a loaf of bread. If your machine has the white bread or basic cycle, a manual or dough cycle, and a timer, then this can be achieved. Everything else is a gadget or additional "nice to have".

If possible, try to look at the user manual to make sure it is easy to use and check out the cooking times. Some machines have a preheat cycle which can make the whole process take a long time and use extra power. This is good if it just takes a few minutes but some machines can take 45 minutes or more just to preheat.