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Old 12-07-2013, 02:38 PM   #11
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How silly do they sound if you have crippling arthritis and am no longer able to do the kneading?
Yep, Addie! In my case, you're preaching to the choir. I bought my bread machine in 1999 and it has NEVER baked a single loaf of bread. I have only used it on the "dough" cycle to do the kneading and, in some cases, for the first rise.

Arthritis in both my hands prevents me from kneading even biscuit dough. I just can't take the pain.

I can say that my Welbilt machine has been a real trooper all these years, especially these last few weeks as I've been making all the French bread for my friend's fundraiser. 72 loaves to date, along with 8 today and another 6 planned for tomorrow.

I've never used a recipe specifically meant for a bread machine. I simply use any of my TNT ones and go for it. Never had a problem.

As a matter of fact, I spoke with one of the resident bakers at the King Arthur baking site and was told that a bread machine does a far better job of kneading than one can do by hand. I was already sold on the idea because I'd already been doing it for a few years, but that sealed the deal for me.

I have 2 of the Welbilt machines, one purchased at a thrift store for $2., and my original 1999 one and it's not unusual for both of them to be going at the same time, especially during the holidays.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:55 PM   #12
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I always thought bread machines were silly. JMHO.

Its that I have never been impressed with bread machines or the bread that comes out of them.
I am not one for gadgets.
I have considered getting a bread machine. But, I don't like the shape of the loaves. Does the bread taste good? Better than most bread you can buy, but not as good as hand kneaded bread. It will also have fresh baked bread ready when you get up, if you want. Some people have issues with kneading bread E.g., arthritis. Me, I just find that I don't make bread any more, because I don't feel like kneading it. I'll give the FP a try.

You say you aren't one for gadgets. What do you consider a gadget? A food processor? A mandolin? An electric spice grinder as opposed to mortar and pestle?
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #13
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These decrepit hands can't do what they used to do 40+ years ago either. I look upon 'gadgets' as just one more thing to keep clean. Unless it is one that really makes my life a lot easier. They didn't have bread machines when my kids were growing up. And by the time they were out of the home, I had stopped making bread. So living alone, I decided that one more item to keep clean was not in my best interest. I don't want my last words on this earth to be "But I haven't clean the ........ yet!" But I can certainly understand where you are coming from.

I tried to respond to RB's remark as politely as I could without coming across as attacking him/her. That certainly was not my intent.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #14
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mega big bread fan here.

I dislike kneading. don't find it nice, therapeutic, no warm&fuzzies . . .

I like easy - my KA lift bowl model does me wonders.
speed 1 or 2, set the timer,,, highly recommended.

oh, the 3-4 bread machines I've been "blessed with" over the years have all gone in the dumpster. frightful chunk of technology. as in like who needs a paddle baked into the bottom of their loaf.....

I am not adverse to _eating_ all those wonderful hand mixed, hand kneaded, hand everything bread(s) / products - but I work on duplicating those results with a KA.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:59 PM   #15
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I agree with you dcSaute. Kneading, to me, is simply boring and way to repetitive for my taste. That's one of the reasons I like my bread machine to do the, um, "heavy lifting."

That's a good thing, too, because for the last nearly 30 years I have baked ALL our bread products. Yes, I said...all. All breads, hamburger and hotdog buns, English muffins, toasting bread, rolls, pizza dough, pita, scones,...... All of it and bread rules in my house, so I've probably made tons of bread items in that time.

As far as the taste of the bread is concerned, since I use my TNT recipes, some of which have been in my family for generations, that isn't an issue.

One of the benefits of allowing my machine to knead the dough and put it through its first rise is that I don't have to babysit anything, nor even be in the same room. That frees me up to do something else.

For example, today I made 8 loaves of French bread and I didn't begin until about 10 a.m. I'm done now and have been busy doing other things while the bread was doing its thing except, of course, when I had to take about 4 minutes to shape the loaves and set them for their final rise.

All told, I've now made 80 loaves of French bread for my friend, 6 loaves of roasted garlic-rosemary bread, 18 potato rolls, 18 cornmeal pan rolls and about 3 dozen English muffins. All these were made within the last two weeks. There's no way in this world I could've done even half that much if I'd done it the traditional "by hand" way.

Here's is a picture of my first 2 loaves done today.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #17
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Great job Katie. And here's hoping your two machine give you many more years of devoted service.
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My mom bought me a bread maker before anyone even knew what they were. When I opened it, I didn't even know what it was! I'd say that this was likely around 1988-90 I still have the machine, it's a one pound machine, with the weird, vertical shaped loaf. It's a Sanyo.

I remember when I would tell people about it, they couldn't wrap their head around a machine where you could add the ingredients and 3 hours later have a loaf of fresh baked bread!

I really need to take it out and give it a spin for nostalgia sake!
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Years ago, my Mom bought a bread machine for us for Christmas. I thought it was a stupid thing to add to our tiny kitchen.

It turned out to be so good. It got used a couple of times a week, with a few failures, until we learned not to put the yeast anywhere near the salt. Our favorite was always the herb bread. Oh! what a delicious bread, and the smell.

Sometimes, she would set the timer so we woke up with the wonderful scent of fresh bread baking!

I'm still thinking of getting one for myself. I have a small kitchen, but if Mom could do it, I don't see why I can't too.
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This thread encouraged me to take out the old bread machine and give it a go. It came out darker than I remember in the past but the old machine (more than 20 years) did a great job!


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