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McQueenofHrts
12-06-2010, 01:13 PM
I was considering asking Santa for a bread machine for Christmas to reduce grocery costs. If we made our own bread, will we eventually save money by making our own bread rather than buying the store bought bread? I have two small kids that like peanut butter and jelly in thier school lunches. Also, we live in a small town so I don't have the option to go to the discount store to buy bread and rely on sales to buy loaves of decent wheat bread that seem to get smaller and smaller each year.


I just don't want to make an investment into a machine that won't be helpful to the household. Thanks for any help anyway can provide!

Marionnette
12-06-2010, 01:24 PM
I was considering asking Santa for a bread machine for Christmas to reduce grocery costs. If we made our own bread, will we eventually save money by making our own bread rather than buying the store bought bread? I have two small kids that like peanut butter and jelly in thier school lunches. Also, we live in a small town so I don't have the option to go to the discount store to buy bread and rely on sales to buy loaves of decent wheat bread that seem to get smaller and smaller each year.


I just don't want to make an investment into a machine that won't be helpful to the household. Thanks for any help anyway can provide!
You might save money. It will depend on the materials you use. If you factor in the cost of the bread machine itself, it will be a very long time and alot of loaves baked before you break even. You will also spend time looking for good deals on quality ingredients instead of good deals on store bought bread. Being in a small town could make that difficult.

SILLYANDI
12-06-2010, 01:32 PM
We love making our own bread BUT I don't think I could keep up with my kids consumption with all the work that goes into it- especially slicing it! I have 4 kids and we use 1/3 of a store bought loaf a day. I buy the 2 pack of sara lee multigrain for $3.42- not too hard on the budget.

seven dwarfs
12-06-2010, 01:53 PM
I have six kids and we make our own bread. We use the recipe "depression era bread" and it saves us money. It also makes me happy to know there are no chemicals in our bread now. You do not need a bread maker. It is so easy to just make it in a large metal bowl. We make four loaves (one batch) and that last us one to two weeks. I bought long skinny bread pans from IKEA that are perfect. I do own a bread machine and it sits in the closet.

ndfi78
12-06-2010, 02:28 PM
If you are doing it solely to save money, don’t bother. It will take you so long to recoup the cost of the machine it won’t be worth it. Most likely the machine will fall apart before you break even. If you want to save money on bread you need to buy flour in bulk (25 lbs + bags) and do it by hand. You can make 6-8 loaves at a time and freeze the extras. That’s what my mother always did anyway. If you are doing it because it taste better and it is better for you then go right ahead and get the machine. :) My wife makes 90% of the bread we eat and I love it. Word of warning, if you do buy a machine you get what you pay for. We had two cheaper ($40-$50) machines and they both broke in a very short amount of use. We bought a Panasonic and it’s been rock solid for us.

EDIT: BTW, reading back over that it kind of sounds like I'm trying to discourage you from getting a breadmaker/making your own bread. I am not, I think it’s a great thing and I love that my wife makes our bread. :) Just trying to give my opinion on cost savings ;)

ndfi78
12-06-2010, 02:33 PM
BTW, this is the Panasonic we got. http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-SD-YD250-Automatic-Bread-Maker/dp/B00005QFL0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291667553&sr=8-1

usnuzuloose
12-06-2010, 03:15 PM
I just bought a cusinart convection for 129 on black friday. If I would of had to pay full price I would have not bought it. I made my first loaf and it turned out awesome. My husband really likes it to. I can make a few loaves and freeze one. It will also make jellies, jams, all kinds of dough including pizza. You could always get one from the thrift store and try it out and see if it something that will work for you. If it does then you can buy a better one down the road later. Jo

kappyfinn
12-06-2010, 04:15 PM
Wife to ndfi78 here. I love our breadmaker. For us, we wanted one to make our own bread not to save money. It's nice to make whatever kindof bread I want for that day. I also use the dough feature a lot. It's a breeze to have the machine do all the kneading and all I do is form the loaf and bake.

Betty Crocker has a good recipe book specifically for breadmakers.

SandrA9810
12-06-2010, 05:06 PM
You can usually find it for 5-10 bucks at a thrift shop. I picked up a sunbeam for $5 at the flea market a few months back. Most the time, I make the dough in the machine, and then bake it in the oven. Get a good quality bread box too, since there's no preservatives in it, it'll go bad faster than store bought.

I love having the bread machine, because I don't have many kitchen gadgets, mixing bowls, and other things I'd need to make a good loaf.

MrsPete
12-06-2010, 05:16 PM
Over the last 15 or so years, three bread machines have found their way into my house. The first was a gift, and it had a relatively short life span. My husband bought a replacement because he thought I liked the first one. It sat around collecting dust a while, and then I gave it away. I don't think the second one was ever used. My husband, thinking that the second one had broken, bought me a second replacement. It has made exactly one loaf of bread in the two years it's been taking up valuable storage space.

If you want one, know that they're really only good for MIXING dough. They stink at baking.

I'd just as soon make bread by hand. It isn't all that much work.

Consider a bread bucket instead. It's an old-fashioned bucket with a hand-turned crank. It can't break, and since the electric model is no good at baking anyway, loss of that feature is nothing.

Since you want to make bread frequently, I suggest the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (I could have that title a bit wrong). Their method, as you might guess, requires mixing a large quantity of dough once a day, then just doing a small amount of work and baking daily. You'll also need a large container for the dough.

ancestry
12-06-2010, 05:26 PM
I love my bread machine and use it for just about everything -- from baking bread to baking to bread to making homemade jam and even for cakes and meatloaf. It does save us quite a bit of money during the year. HOWEVER we also paid a small fortune for the bread machine as I have a Zojirushi. I personally wouldn't trade it for anything.

Despite loving the machine and using it like crazy, I do still buy regular sliced bread from the grocery store for basic PB&J sandwiches for the kids. The bread machine is great for a lot of my specialty breads but I don't find it to be a replacement when the kids just want a PB&J sandwich.

Teresa Pitman
12-06-2010, 05:31 PM
I do think you can save money by using a bread machine, if you have been buying fairly high-quality bread. But I would suggest using it as a mixer rather than for baking as you will get easier-to-slice loaves that way. Just use the dough setting, then shape and put in a bread pan, and let rise again before baking. The machine is also excellent for rolls, pizza dough, cinnamon buns, and many other yeast doughs.

You could also try the "five minutes a day" artisan bread approach. This is a no-knead, sourdough type recipe that you mix, store in the fridge, and then bake up each day.

Teresa

njsweetP
12-06-2010, 05:45 PM
I have six kids and we make our own bread. We use the recipe "depression era bread" and it saves us money. It also makes me happy to know there are no chemicals in our bread now. You do not need a bread maker. It is so easy to just make it in a large metal bowl. We make four loaves (one batch) and that last us one to two weeks. I bought long skinny bread pans from IKEA that are perfect. I do own a bread machine and it sits in the closet.

Could you share this recipe? Thanks!

beansmom
12-06-2010, 05:49 PM
i like the machine okay but prefer handbaked bread. I generally just buy the frozen unbaked loaves and bake them myself. I don't like the coarse hard texture of the bread from the machine.

seven dwarfs
12-06-2010, 07:27 PM
Depression Era Bread

5 lbs flour
4-5 Tbs yeast
6 tsp salt
6 cups warm water (i just warm it in microwave be sure it isn't hot)

Dump flour in large bowl, add salt. Make a well and add yeast. Pour warm water into well. Mix yeast and water with fingers to dissolve. Mix more flour with hands adding water as needed. Spray bowl with cooking spray. Put dough in bowl, turn oil side up. Cover with towel, let rise in warm place (30 mins) after it has risen, punch down and divide it up in loaves. (you can make it free form but i put mine in the pans and push it all around to make it nice for sandwiches) Cover loaves with a towel and rise again. (30 mins)

Cook in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 mins


We use 1/2 white and 1/2 wheat. I add maybe 3 tsp of sugar to the well of yeast and let it sit 5 mins then slowly add the flour that is around the well. If you make it with wheat it is a dense bread. We love it toasted, makes wonderful grilled cheese. My kids say it fills them up and last longer in their belly then regular bread. I have learned to store it in the fridge. I have also frozen it before but we eat it so fast don't need to anymore. I will slice it as needed and wait till it is cool which keeps it from drying out. It is very easy to make and worth it to me. I buy large bags of flour and the large packages of yeast from sams club.

This is a depression bread so it is not special like breads that have honey, eggs or other flavors. We also make those kinds of bread but for special occasions. Tonight we had homemade rye bread. Yummo!

Good Luck! If you have any questions just ask! :goodvibes

Happy Mom2
12-06-2010, 07:30 PM
We make our own bread without a bread machine. We just mix, let rise, and bake. Yummy!

Pigeon
12-06-2010, 08:01 PM
I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the dough hook, and don't have a separate bread machine. I don't want to store a bunch of single-purpose appliances.

I don't know that I really save any money over buying store bought bread on sale. It does taste much better though.

disneychrista
12-06-2010, 08:13 PM
I love home made bread but it always turns out too dense to use for sandwhiches, though makes great cheese toast.

williamson_ja
12-06-2010, 09:25 PM
I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the dough hook, and don't have a separate bread machine. I don't want to store a bunch of single-purpose appliances.



This is what I do. It works much better than the bread machine... and does so much more than just helps me make bread. BTW, it does save us lots of money. I've been making our own bread for a couple of years now. My bread costs $0.35 a loaf to make. There is no way that I could buy the kind of bread I make for less than $4 a loaf at the store around here. I make several loaves a week. I do grind my own wheat fresh each time I make it, so that makes it cheaper.

3goofyboys
12-06-2010, 09:33 PM
I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the dough hook, and don't have a separate bread machine. I don't want to store a bunch of single-purpose appliances.

I don't know that I really save any money over buying store bought bread on sale. It does taste much better though.

This is exactly what I do. I make probably 90% of our bread and the Kitchen Aid makes it easy. If it were me, I'd invest in a great mixer (I love my Kitchen Aid) rather than a one task tool.

mrsw94
12-06-2010, 10:13 PM
Ok, so now I'm totally intrigued and want to try to make my own! I have an 8year old kitchen aid mixer and have NEVER used the dough hook!

Can you post a picture of the kind of pan you use for bread, especially a sandwich-type bread?

Thanks!

crisi
12-06-2010, 10:17 PM
Save a ton of money, but don't have a bread machine. Too big, too expensive. I don't even use my Kitchenaid. The fun is in making the bread. Including the kneading.

You'll save more money if you make sourdough. That way you have the initial investment in yeast, and then the bread is pretty much flour and sugar (to feed the starter) and water. But you have to like sourdough.

Sarah_Rose
12-06-2010, 10:36 PM
I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the dough hook, and don't have a separate bread machine.

My mom uses her bread machine all the time and wanted to buy me one for Christmas a couple years ago. I told her that I used my Kitchenaid mixer to make bread dough and was happy doing it that way... but that we would like a good quality (computerized, that cooks by sensing the moisture in the pan) rice cooker, instead. She bought the rice cooker and we use it 3-4 times a week. However, the next year she bought us that darn bread machine. :rotfl: It doesn't fit in any of my cupboards and so has been collecting dust on the counter since we got it. I think we've used it ONCE in the last year.

mrsw94
12-06-2010, 10:41 PM
You'll save more money if you make sourdough. That way you have the initial investment in yeast, and then the bread is pretty much flour and sugar (to feed the starter) and water. But you have to like sourdough.

We LOVE sourdough!! (We live in the CA Bay Area, so it's EVERYWHERE!) I'd love to be able to make it at home. Suggestions for a recipe?
Thanks!:cool1:

buzz5985
12-07-2010, 03:05 AM
I love my bread machine and use it for just about everything -- from baking bread to baking to bread to making homemade jam and even for cakes and meatloaf. It does save us quite a bit of money during the year. HOWEVER we also paid a small fortune for the bread machine as I have a Zojirushi. I personally wouldn't trade it for anything.

Despite loving the machine and using it like crazy, I do still buy regular sliced bread from the grocery store for basic PB&J sandwiches for the kids. The bread machine is great for a lot of my specialty breads but I don't find it to be a replacement when the kids just want a PB&J sandwich.

I have a Zojirushi bread machine also. Use the dough setting all the time to make sandwich rolls - look at King Arthurs website for wonderful recipes. I received the machine 3 years ago - and haven't bought any bread or rolls since. And yes I work full time. LOL

Try cutting your bread with an electric knife.

Try this recipe -from www.recipezaar.com for a PB&J sandwich - I bake the bread in a conventional oven - not in the machine my DS does not like the crust in the bread machine.

Soft as Wonder Bread

1 cup water (room temp.)
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon honey
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered milk (not skim)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Change Measurements: US | Metric

Directions:Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
1 Add ingredients in order given (this is for my machine, your's maybe different). 2 Select dough cycle. 3 When done, take out dough and on a floured surface, shape into loaf and place in loaf pan. (I try to work it as little as possible). 4 Let rise in a warm place for approximately 40 minutes until doubled in size. 5 Bake on centre rack of preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. 6 Cool on wire rack before slicing. ? Have a question about this recipe? Ask the community. Spot an error? Submit a correction.
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Swimalie
12-07-2010, 06:53 AM
We also have a Zojirushi and it is by far the best bread machine out there. If you are looking to make bread for sandwiches, it will also make jelly that is really good so you can save some money there. I actually like the bread baked in the bread machine. We just do it on the light setting. I however, LOVE the bread when just the dough is made in there, too. We have a bread bowl, french loaf pan, mini loaf pans, etc to make all sorts of different types of breads.

crisi
12-07-2010, 07:06 AM
We LOVE sourdough!! (We live in the CA Bay Area, so it's EVERYWHERE!) I'd love to be able to make it at home. Suggestions for a recipe?
Thanks!:cool1:

I'd just google sourdough starter. I haven't had any around for a long time - I'm gluten intolerant so I don't bake too much bread any longer.

let'sgo
12-07-2010, 07:08 AM
I make most of our bread and now no one wants store bread anymore. I don't have a machine, I mix it with a big wooden spoon and kneed it myself. It seemed like a lot of work, but now I have done it so much that it goes together quickly.

My SIL had a bread machine and she said that it came in handy.

It's fun being able to make different types--but it seems as if they don't last too long. They are too good!

Mouse House Mama
12-07-2010, 08:29 AM
I just ordered a Hamilton Beech bread machine form Kmart last week. It was $50 (free shipping too!). I will easily recoup that cost. We buy no less than 3 loaves of bread a week here. I also will only buy certain brands of bread so I can't just shop sale bread. For me the machine is worth it because I know what is in the bread (no chemicals) and I also can just put the stuff in and forget about it. I do not have time to let bread rise, punch it down, let it rise, bake it etc. My kids also love homemade bread.

charming23
12-07-2010, 09:12 AM
We have a bread machine that my grandma handed down to us. It makes great bread nad I like the fact that it does all the work for you.

I have to agree with the tip to slice your homemade bread with an electric knife. It makes it much easier to slice and you can get thinner slices that way.

lucyem
12-07-2010, 10:18 AM
I have a Zojirushi as well. I found it took some tweaking of the settings but I now get fabulous bread from it. I have tried by hand with my kitchen aid and I always end up with a mess. Plus time is huge with me. We use the Zo almost daily. We make our own breads, sourdough starter, pudding, pizza dough and more. I put in the ingredients and it does it's thing.

We started making our own bread because my DS had an anaphylactic dairy allergy. Try and find bread without dairy and high fructose corn syrup.

Someone online gave me a wonderful honey whole wheat bread recipe I am happy to share. PM me if interested. The settings for the Zo are included and are the ones I tend to use for most of my normal breads. This bread ends up softer then a lot of store bought breads so my kids love it.

McQueenofHrts
12-07-2010, 11:04 AM
Original OP here! Thanks for all the great info! I became interested in a bread machine one night as I was flipping through tv channels avoiding reality tv and saw someone demostrating a bread machine on a shopping channel. :rotfl2: I, too, loved the fact that you could not only make bread, but jam and other things as well. So, I started looking and saw that the only decent models were the Panasonic and the Zo. Well, I hadn't planned on spending over $100 on a bread machine. I never thought of looking in a thrift store for an appliance. I am afraid it won't work and I can't return it. Of course, I never asked either! So, I think I might try that and making the bread on my own as others have suggested. My arms could use a little muscle! In the meantime, I can save for the ZO or Panasonic and really consider my "wants" versus my "needs"!

Again, thanks for everyone's suggestions. Keep the recipes coming too! Happy Baking Everyone!

DawnM
12-07-2010, 11:21 AM
See if you can find a used one.

I got a Zojirushi bread machine at a thrift store for $7. It works perfectly! It is an older model and I would love a new one that makes bread into loaves that lay flat, but for the price, I am very happy with the one I have!

Dawn

seasheller
12-08-2010, 02:44 AM
My husband loves home made bread. Since I have problems with my hands and can't knead very well any more, we have four bread machines. The first one bought new for $25, the others at garage sales for $4-5. I put all four going at once with just the dough setting. Then bake them in the oven. I usually make 12 loaves a day since all the ingredients are out. Between the making, rising, baking it works very well to keep going. The bread keeps very well in the freezer. I always get compliments on the bread, and my kids love taking a loaf home whenever they come over. (Needless to say, I have lots of cupboard space for storing the machines. Happy baking! :goodvibes

lucyem
12-08-2010, 07:43 AM
See if you can find a used one.

I got a Zojirushi bread machine at a thrift store for $7. It works perfectly! It is an older model and I would love a new one that makes bread into loaves that lay flat, but for the price, I am very happy with the one I have!

Dawn

You were lucky. I have always been told to check thrift stores but ever found a bread maker at any of ours.

DawnM
12-08-2010, 07:57 AM
Well, I had never seen a Zo there before, but I have seen other brands of breadmakers.

Do you yard sale shop? I see them there as well, although I haven't paid much attention to them because I already have one.

Mine is about 10 years old and a stand up 1.5 pound loaf model. My husband commented that he would like to get the kind that makes a regular looking loaf, but then he checked the prices and decided this kind was absolutely fine! :rotfl:

I am a HUGE thrift store and yard sale junkie though.....I go a lot....and you really can't find specific things by going once or twice, you have to have a running list and go often.

Dawn

You were lucky. I have always been told to check thrift stores but ever found a bread maker at any of ours.