Bread machines had their heyday in the 90’s, but it’s not likely you’ll find this kitchen appliance sitting on the counter anymore. But with an increase in health consciousness and growing interest in local foods and homemade meals this handy gadget is poised to make a comeback. Here are three signs a bread machine should be on your kitchen shopping list.
1) You like to know what goes into your food.
Store-bought bread can be full of preservatives, and let’s face it—it just doesn’t taste as great as freshly baked bread. A bread machine can help you whip up loaves with the ingredients you want, and it’s great for those with gluten allergies.
2) You want to save money.
A bread machine may be an initial investment but buying flour in bulk can bring the cost per loaf down to under a dollar. That’s much cheaper than a grocery store or bakery loaf.
3) You have a full schedule.
Like pressure cookers and rice cookers, bread makers serve a similar fix and forget it function. If you don’t have time to knead, wait an hour, and punch down your bread again, a bread maker should be on your list. All you need to do is put in the ingredients and the bread maker will knead the dough, let it rise, beat it down, let it rise again, and bake it. Six hours and no work later, you get to enjoy fresh baked bread.