What Is a Bread Maker?
People are starting to become more and more aware of the kinds of convenience a bread maker can bring to their lives. They’re fast, efficient, convenient, and easy to use. But, for some reason, many remain unconvinced that they need one. This is largely due to the fact that they don’t fully understand what a bread maker is, even though they kind of understand what it does. Here, we’ll try to make it clear that a bread maker is far more than a special oven that bakes your dough. In fact, a bread maker is basically… Well, a fully equipped bakery.
It’s Your Dough Boy
Bread makers don’t just bake bread. They knead the dough, as well. This means you don’t have to waste time sitting there, pounding dough with your hands until it’s at the right consistency. It also means you won’t have to waste time shaping it. The machine does it for you. It’s like having a baker right on your kitchen counter, except you don’t have to pay it or make idle conversation. A good bread maker creates the dough, kneads the dough, and shapes the dough just right, requiring you to do almost nothing at all.
It’s Your High Rise
In addition to all the manual labor the bread maker does, it gives your dough an optimal environment in which to rise. This means you won’t have to worry about an inconsistent rise that you can’t predict (which most inexperienced bakers deal with every time they try to bake a loaf) or anything of the sort. In fact, letting your bread rise in a quality bread maker is the perfect way to ensure that you get the perfect loaf, every time. Next to having expert baking skills, it’s hard to find too many ways to ensure such a thing consistently.
It’s Your Oven
Forget the game of heating the oven to the right temperature and hoping everything bakes right. Unless you have a dedicated oven at home, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to guarantee your oven will heat properly, consistently, or hot enough. A bread maker eliminates this uncertainty by providing you with a consistent heating environment that functions as well as a professional oven would be expected to function. This is wonderful, since it ensures a perfect loaf, every time, with a minimum of work on your part.
It’s Your Everything
In addition to all of this, many bread makers can handle baking tasks completely unrelated to bread making. Some can make meatloaf, others, cakes, and some are great for producing homemade jams. Many machines are extremely versatile within bread making alone, allowing you to produce just about anything you can imagine, from dinner rolls to breadsticks to cinnamon raisin bread to… Well, name something. We’re sure it will fit. On top of this ease of use and utility, bread makers are highly efficient, low-cost solutions to the problem of having a family with a big bread habit. In short, a bread maker is your way to low-cost, minimal-work, artisan-quality bread.