I recently told my husband that I wish I didn’t have to sleep. During the night while everyone else is sleeping, I could get my house cleaned, meals prepared, laundry done, and bills paid. That would leave time for my family during the day! Sadly that isn’t life because this Momma needs her sleep! Since life requires sleep…let’s see if we can make it a little easier.
Cooking with ease. Doesn’t it sound peaceful?
Yesterday I let you know that I want to help you in the kitchen. I hope that you are sending me recipes as we speak. I also hope that you are excited and will truly have a burden lifted upon reading this addtion to the blog.
Today, I am going to start with one of my most used small appliances – the bread machine. We buy almost no bread – only hamburger and hot dog buns when I get lazy. I use the bread machine several times a week. It truly is simple and the bread tastes SO much better and is healthier.
I truly believe the money you spend in a bread machine is quickly made up in the savings you have from making your own bread. I am going to be nice to you and not bore you with the math but the next time you are at the grocery store, check and see what you are paying for a good quality, whole-wheat loaf of bread.
This is the bread machine that I own. Nothing fancy but it gets the job done. I personally don’t like the short fat loaves but for the price, this baby is fine.
For a family of six, I wouldn’t even think about going less than a 2-lb bread maker. A loaf like that makes approx 12 slices of bread.
During the winter, I do not bake my bread in the bread machine. Like I said, I am not a fan of the short, fat loaves and I like the size a loaf pan makes much better for sandwiches. You also don’t have the hole in the bottom of your loaf from the mixing bar. But during the summer, when I don’t want to start my oven, I use the baking feature.
The timer feature is the best. I love being able to use a delayed start.
I have made quick bread in the machine as well. It works great during the summer (that whole not-wanting-to-turn-on-the-oven-when-the-air-conditioner-is-on thing) but I always had to bake it longer than the programmed time. Not a problem but you have to watch it.
In about 3 minutes, I can have a loaf mixing. If I wanted to make it even quicker, I sometimes fill several containers with the dry ingredients (minus the yeast). That way, instead of getting out the flours and sugar each time, I can just dump a pre-filled container on top of the liquids.
Sound easy? It is! Cooking with ease…here we come!
Well, I have exhausted this blog so I will save the recipe for next time. Until then, send me those recipes! Also…what do you use your bread machine for?