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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm getting ready to downsize and sell off things that I am not using. I picked up a bread machine at a garage sale a year ago. I have not used it (it even came with a book). Is it cost effective to use the machine? I often buy good multi-grain bread at Costco - 2 loaves for $3.50.

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    It will definitely save you money over buying $$$ healthy bread at Costco. I got rid of mine years ago, though, because I didn't like how the bread turned out. The machines do a good job of mixing and kneading, but not so good for the actual baking. And you can only make one loaf at a time. I make four loaves at a time in my Kitchenaid--if you were going to buy a bread machine I'd definitely say get a Kitchenaid instead if you don't already have one, but if you have the machine sitting there, give it a try! Maybe you'll have better luck than I did.

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    I bought a great one at Goodwill for $6 - I had to download the manual off the manufacturers website, but it works great. I think the only thing that possibly competes with the thriftiness of the bread machine is buying at our bakery outlet store.

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    I have one that I NEVER use. I don't like the way it "bakes" it. I prefer doing mine by hand and YES it's MUCH cheaper then buying!

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    It's just like anything - if you use it regularly, it is worth it. If you don't, then it just takes up space.

    So it is really a matter of will it become part of your routine or another chore and thus you'll never want to do it.

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    There is no way I would go through the effort of making bread the old fashioned way. I used my bread maker all the time for pizza dough and dinner rolls (I make and freeze) and regular loaf bread. I am actually using it to make sandwich bread too. The new machine I just got makes an almost normal shaped loaf and I really like that I control the quality of ingredients and don't add any preservatives. Unless you buy the really pricy bread at the grocery store, most of them have partially hydrogenated soybean oil.

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    We seldom eat bread, but I like to make my own.I enjoy the process. I had a breadmaker, never used it. I was in the local thrift store one day when a lady came in and asked for a breadmaker. They did not have one, so I ran home and got mine and gave it to her.It took up space . I think it is cheaper to make it yourself than to buy.

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    I use mine for pizza dough and I love it. However, I would be too lazy to make bread every other day (we go through a ton of bread.) But I'm sure it would be much cheaper if I did use it over buying bread. I always buy bread on sale and freeze it, so it's not soooo bad.

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    I love my bread machine. Got it for $10.00 at a lawn sale.
    I do hm pizzas all the time, bread sticks,
    doughnuts, coffee cakes, etc.
    I can't do it by hand because of wrist problems..
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    We're going into a recession and food prices are going to continue to go up. If I were you, I would keep it. If you don't like how the bread bakes, you can always take the dough out of the machine and bake it in the oven. I like my bread machine.

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    Even though I bake my own bread I do have a bread machine. When having company and do not have the space or time to make my own I just throw it in the machine. Its out of the way while cooking and leaves me time to prepare other things.

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    Actually, I make my own bread the old fashioned way - 4-10 loaves at a time. We usually eat one and freeze the others! At 30 cents a loaf it's hard to beat. And with instant rapid rise yeast, I can cut the rising time in half. If anyone gave me a bread machine, I'd gift it onto someone else.

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    My mom just recently called to offer me her bread machine. She never uses it, so she's getting rid of it. I turned her down. When I do make bread, I just do it in my electric mixer, then knead it on my marble pastry board. It's easy to do, and I can make several loaves at once. To me a bread maker is just a large, bulky appliance that doesn't save enough effort to make it worthwhile.

    Besides, there's a certain satisfaction in kneading your own dough and forming into loaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewokgirl View Post

    Besides, there's a certain satisfaction in kneading your own dough and forming into loaves.
    Some of the best bread I have ever made had a few teardrops in the dough. If you know what I mean.

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    I have a bread machine which sits uselessly on the counter. I used it quite a bit in the past, and it worked fine. But I got out of the habit. Maybe I should give it another try before I try to sell it.
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