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  1. #21
    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:00:02 -1000, dsi1
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > They sure do take up space alright. I've had several and they are neat
    > machines. I pretty much OD'ed on bread though. Towards the end, I used
    > the machines to mix the dough and for the first rise. Then I'd bake
    > pizza or bread in the oven. These days the neatness factor has worn off.
    > I used them too much and got burnt out. It was a lot of fun while it
    > lasted though. :-)


    Why did you have so many? Does the humidity make them wear out
    faster?

    --
    I take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila

  2. #22
    Farm1 Guest

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    "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to match some
    old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread machines of various
    brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to forget that I paid 400 for mine
    when they first came out, I wondered why they were there. Don't ppl like to
    a. save money b. eat healthier, c. have decent bread.
    ____________________________________________
    Or maybe they are like me and hate bread machines because I've found it's
    easier to make bread by hand and that way I get a bigger loaf, no failures
    ever and I don't get a sodding hole in the bottom of the bread.



  3. #23
    dsi1 Guest

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    On 10/3/2012 3:15 PM, sf wrote:
    > On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:00:02 -1000, dsi1
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> They sure do take up space alright. I've had several and they are neat
    >> machines. I pretty much OD'ed on bread though. Towards the end, I used
    >> the machines to mix the dough and for the first rise. Then I'd bake
    >> pizza or bread in the oven. These days the neatness factor has worn off.
    >> I used them too much and got burnt out. It was a lot of fun while it
    >> lasted though. :-)

    >
    > Why did you have so many? Does the humidity make them wear out
    > faster?
    >


    I had 3. The first one, I lost the impeller. The second one, I lost the
    entire unit. The third one didn't work very well. I think it was messed up.

  4. #24
    sf Guest

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    On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 17:01:52 -0800, Mark Thorson <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Kalmia wrote:
    > >
    > > I wondered why they were there.

    >
    > They were wedding presents. Lots of brides
    > have no use for any food prep equipment
    > that isn't a microwave. To them, a bread
    > machine is about as useful as an electron
    > microscope.


    You're probably right, but in this day and age of electronic
    registries we just pick from the list. We know it will be appreciated
    because it was something they chose.


    --
    I take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila

  5. #25
    z z Guest

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    Later models make bigger loaves. I have a Breadman from the junk store I
    think I paid $18 for-looked brand new and still had the booklet. Best
    recipe I made in it was for danish pastry type dough. I preferred using
    it to mix and knead and then remove to bake in my oven in more standard
    bakeware. My observation has to do with how little time we all have
    today-takes a second to toss bread in the shopping cart whereas a bread
    machine has to be watched.


  6. #26
    John2x Guest

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    On Wed, 3 Oct 2012 17:54:02 -0700, "Pico Rico" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Nancy Young" <replyto@inemail> wrote in message
    >news:506cd7a2$0$11342$[email protected]..
    >> On 10/3/2012 9:01 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>> Kalmia wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> I wondered why they were there.
    >>>
    >>> They were wedding presents. Lots of brides
    >>> have no use for any food prep equipment
    >>> that isn't a microwave. To them, a bread
    >>> machine is about as useful as an electron
    >>> microscope.
    >>>

    >>
    >> I guess the same goes for the husbands.
    >>
    >> nancy

    >
    >you can take that in more than one way . . .


    Let's see.
    1. To husbands, a bread machine is about as useful as an electron
    microscope.
    2. To them, a husband is about as useful as an electron microscope.
    3. To them, a bread machine is about as useful as a husband.

    I'll go with 3: after a while you put them in the back of the cupboard
    and forget about them.

    --
    John

  7. #27
    Dave Smith Guest

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    On 03/10/2012 4:40 PM, Kalmia wrote:
    > I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to match some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread machines of various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to forget that I paid 400 for mine when they first came out, I wondered why they were there. Don't ppl like to a. save money b. eat healthier, c. have decent bread. Maybe I'm the one who is weird and eschew Wonder and its ilk. Are ppl lazy or what? At least when mine dies, I know where to find plenty of cheap replacement choices.
    >
    > No glass, by the way.

    My mother used to make bread by hand at least once a week, more than a
    dozen loaves at a time. Someone like here might think that it is lazy to
    use a bread making machine. My neighbour has one and frequently uses
    it. She likes it. I have to say that I don't think much of the bread she
    makes. Based on the bread we have had from her machine and others, I
    always expected that they would be available at thrift stores and garage
    sales. We have couple good bakeries in town that make excellent bread.

  8. #28
    Cheryl Guest

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    On 10/3/2012 6:07 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
    > Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to
    >> match some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread
    >> machines of various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to
    >> forget that I paid 400 for mine when they first came out, I wondered
    >> why they were there. Don't ppl like to a. save money b. eat
    >> healthier, c. have decent bread. Maybe I'm the one who is weird and
    >> eschew Wonder and its ilk. Are ppl lazy or what?

    >
    > In no particular order:
    >
    > (1) The anti-carb craze.
    > (2) The anti-gluten craze.
    > (3) Bread machines cannot actually produce good French bread, a
    > good baguette, etc. They are too limited.
    > (4) Using a bread machine does too count as "lazy".
    > (5) There are better breads, of known nutritional value, available
    > at retail than there once were.
    >
    >

    Steve, I agree with all.



  9. #29
    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:506d0a78$0$9896$[email protected]..
    > On 10/3/2012 6:07 PM, Steve Pope wrote:
    >> Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to
    >>> match some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread
    >>> machines of various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to
    >>> forget that I paid 400 for mine when they first came out, I wondered
    >>> why they were there. Don't ppl like to a. save money b. eat
    >>> healthier, c. have decent bread. Maybe I'm the one who is weird and
    >>> eschew Wonder and its ilk. Are ppl lazy or what?

    >>
    >> In no particular order:
    >>
    >> (1) The anti-carb craze.
    >> (2) The anti-gluten craze.
    >> (3) Bread machines cannot actually produce good French bread, a
    >> good baguette, etc. They are too limited.
    >> (4) Using a bread machine does too count as "lazy".
    >> (5) There are better breads, of known nutritional value, available
    >> at retail than there once were.
    >>
    >>

    > Steve, I agree with all.


    And if you are going to make gluten free bread, only specific certain
    machines will do. The one I have sucked at it. You need a different
    kneading cycle and rest and even bake cycle for gluten free.



  10. #30
    T Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    >
    > I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to match some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread machines of various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to forget that I paid 400 for mine when they first came out, I wondered why they were there. Don't ppl like to a. save money b. eat healthier, c. have decent bread. Maybe I'm the one who is weird and eschew Wonder and its ilk. Are ppl lazy or what? At least when mine dies,

    I know where to find plenty of cheap replacement choices.
    >
    > No glass, by the way.


    Some people don't need a bread machine to bake a loaf. I've done all
    sorts of breads the old fashioned way.

  11. #31
    Ophelia Guest

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    "dsi1" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:k4i90k$bu5$[email protected]..
    > On 10/3/2012 10:52 AM, Ophelia wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:1ef6ae2d-b054-46a5-90e0-4d81[email protected]..
    >>> I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to match
    >>> some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread machines
    >>> of various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to forget that I
    >>> paid 400 for mine when they first came out, I wondered why they were
    >>> there. Don't ppl like to a. save money b. eat healthier, c. have
    >>> decent bread. Maybe I'm the one who is weird and eschew Wonder and its
    >>> ilk. Are ppl lazy or what? At least when mine dies, I know where to
    >>> find plenty of cheap replacement choices.
    >>>
    >>> No glass, by the way.

    >>
    >> Sorry you didn't find your glass, good luck for next time. I used to
    >> have a bread machine but bread is so simple to make I ended up getting
    >> rid of it because it was taking up space.
    >>

    >
    > They sure do take up space alright. I've had several and they are neat
    > machines. I pretty much OD'ed on bread though. Towards the end, I used the
    > machines to mix the dough and for the first rise. Then I'd bake pizza or
    > bread in the oven. These days the neatness factor has worn off. I used
    > them too much and got burnt out. It was a lot of fun while it lasted
    > though. :-)


    You stopped making bread?

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  12. #32
    Ophelia Guest

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    "S Viemeister" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 10/3/2012 4:52 PM, Ophelia wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to match
    >>> some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread machines
    >>> of various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to forget that I
    >>> paid 400 for mine when they first came out, I wondered why they were
    >>> there. Don't ppl like to a. save money b. eat healthier, c. have
    >>> decent bread. Maybe I'm the one who is weird and eschew Wonder and its
    >>> ilk. Are ppl lazy or what? At least when mine dies, I know where to
    >>> find plenty of cheap replacement choices.
    >>>
    >>> No glass, by the way.

    >>
    >> Sorry you didn't find your glass, good luck for next time. I used to
    >> have a bread machine but bread is so simple to make I ended up getting
    >> rid of it because it was taking up space.
    >>

    > My sister did the same with her bread machine. I just use my stand mixer
    > and oven - I don't need another (single purpose) appliance cluttering my
    > worktop.


    Same here!

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  13. #33
    news Guest

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    "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to match some
    old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread machines of various
    brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to forget that I paid 400 for mine
    when they first came out, I wondered why they were there. Don't ppl like to
    a. save money b. eat healthier, c. have decent bread. Maybe I'm the one
    who is weird and eschew Wonder and its ilk. Are ppl lazy or what? At least
    when mine dies, I know where to find plenty of cheap replacement choices.
    ***************************

    Breas machines are a pain in the ass to use, and good bakery bread is cheap
    enough that making it yourself isn't really cost-effective, unless you eat
    *lots* of bread.



  14. #34
    heyjoe Guest

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    On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 23:11:31 -0400, Dave Smith wrote:

    > We have couple good bakeries in town that make excellent bread.


    Just out of curiousity, how much does a 1 lb loaf of whole wheat bread
    cost at your local bakeries?


    --
    "I jotted down three names: Julia Child, Mr. Wizard and Monty Python"
    A. Brown

  15. #35
    Hell Toupee Guest

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    On 10/3/2012 3:40 PM, Kalmia wrote:
    > I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to
    > match some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread
    > machines of various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to
    > forget that I paid 400 for mine when they first came out, I
    > wondered why they were there. Don't ppl like to a. save money
    > b. eat healthier, c. have decent bread. Maybe I'm the one who is
    > weird and eschew Wonder and its ilk. Are ppl lazy or what?


    Some people I know think they can only make bread from those
    pre-packaged mixes in their machines, so when they run out of the
    mixes or get tired of paying those astronomical prices for them, they
    quit using their machines.

    Also, the recent low-carb fad and the current gluten-free fad have
    probably put a lot of people off making bread.

  16. #36
    Bryan Guest

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    On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 7:26:02 PM UTC-5, Nancy Young wrote:
    > On 10/3/2012 9:01 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    >
    > > Kalmia wrote:

    >
    > >>

    >
    > >> I wondered why they were there.

    >
    > >

    >
    > > They were wedding presents. Lots of brides

    >
    > > have no use for any food prep equipment

    >
    > > that isn't a microwave. To them, a bread

    >
    > > machine is about as useful as an electron

    >
    > > microscope.

    >
    > >

    >
    >
    >
    > I guess the same goes for the husbands.
    >

    Not exactly. Most guys would find something to do with an electron microscope.

    >
    > nancy


    --Bryan

  17. #37
    Dave Smith Guest

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    On 04/10/2012 8:38 AM, news wrote:
    >
    >
    > Breas machines are a pain in the ass to use, and good bakery bread is cheap
    > enough that making it yourself isn't really cost-effective, unless you eat
    > *lots* of bread.




    That's my situation. A loaf of bread usually lasts at least a week. I
    usually have a sandwich for lunch, and my wife does not eat bread. It
    is a lot of work to go through for a loaf of fresh bread that isn't
    going to be fresh for very long. The bread machine bread that I have
    had has not been impressive. It is more like the worst home made bread.



  18. #38
    Dave Smith Guest

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    On 04/10/2012 8:42 AM, heyjoe wrote:
    > On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 23:11:31 -0400, Dave Smith wrote:
    >
    >> We have couple good bakeries in town that make excellent bread.

    >
    > Just out of curiousity, how much does a 1 lb loaf of whole wheat bread
    > cost at your local bakeries?
    >
    >


    I don't weigh them so I can't tell you how much they weigh. At one
    bakery it is $2.50 for loaf of whole wheat. At my preferred bakery it
    is $3.50 for multi grain, but the loaves are a lot bigger and a lot
    heavier.


  19. #39
    jmcquown Guest

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    "l, not -l" wrote in message news:k4iaa6$k3p$[email protected]..


    On 3-Oct-2012, Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I stopped into one in another town, on my never ending search to match
    > some old glasses. I noticed 4 or 5 clean, almost new bread machines of
    > various brands, for about 10 bucks each. Trying to forget that I paid 400
    > for mine when they first came out, I wondered why they were there. Don't
    > ppl like to a. save money b. eat healthier, c. have decent bread.
    > Maybe I'm the one who is weird and eschew Wonder and its ilk. Are ppl
    > lazy or what? At least when mine dies, I know where to find plenty of
    > cheap replacement choices.
    >
    > No glass, by the way.

    I have been using my Breadman since '96; I used it every couple of days for
    years, much less now that children are grown and on their own. I have found
    that many people who try bread machines really believe that it is a dump and
    go process. When they discover that brand of flour, method of measuring and
    other factors require a little tinkering, they give up because the "machine
    doesn't work". I've explained to many how get the right amount of flour
    and water to form a ball (satiny, round and tacky like Post-It note); those
    willing to put in a little effort go on to use their machines a lo. Others
    think making adjustments to get it right is too much work and go back to
    store-bought bread, probably donating their machine to a thrift store.



    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.
    ******************

    Not everyone is geared to make homemade bread. I made bread from scratch
    when I was much younger. I used my grandmother's recipe with plain white
    flour. (I don't think they *had* special bread flour easily available
    during the Depression.) It's wonderful bread (I've posted the recipe here
    many times) but a lot of work.

    IMHO, there's nothing wrong with store bought bread. Unless you're talking
    Wonder Bread, but hey, some people like that otherwise they wouldn't still
    be in business. Fortunately for me, the Publix bakery bakes really nice
    fresh loaves of bread. I particularly like their small sourdough bread
    rounds. I serve potato-leek soup in toasted "bread bowls". (A signature
    dish on the RFC website.)

    One of my brothers was given a bread machine. I think he used it two or
    three times. He isn't the type to be elbows deep in a mixing bowl or
    kneading bread dough. As you said, he found it wasn't "instant" bread".
    That machine probably wound up in a thrift shop.

    Jill


  20. #40
    Janet Bostwick Guest

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    On Thu, 04 Oct 2012 09:43:36 -0400, Dave Smith
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 04/10/2012 8:42 AM, heyjoe wrote:
    >> On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 23:11:31 -0400, Dave Smith wrote:
    >>
    >>> We have couple good bakeries in town that make excellent bread.

    >>
    >> Just out of curiousity, how much does a 1 lb loaf of whole wheat bread
    >> cost at your local bakeries?
    >>
    >>

    >
    >I don't weigh them so I can't tell you how much they weigh. At one
    >bakery it is $2.50 for loaf of whole wheat. At my preferred bakery it
    >is $3.50 for multi grain, but the loaves are a lot bigger and a lot
    >heavier.


    It tells you on each package what the loaf weighs.
    Janet US

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