I've had 7 bread machines, and one model's recipe book had 1 t. lemon juice added to all its recipes...said it was a dough softener.
I don't like how hard the crust gets in bread machine bread so here is what I do. Just as the loaf has almost cooled, I put it in a plastic bag and leave it there until the next day. I remove it from the plastic bag and slice the part of the loaf I want to freeze. I almost always freeze part of any loaf of bread I make, in slices. This method yields a soft crust. Then when needed, I remove as many slices of bread from the freezer that I want. I leave the bread chunk in plastic as well. It keeps nice and soft. I make sure I use up the chunk in a few days. I generally use 100% whole wheat flour in my loaves of bread, but use about 25% white flour in rolls, with the rest whole wheat.
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