December 15, 2014
The one thing Tollgate likes to make most with fresh ingredients is bread. We would get fresh fruits and organic nuts quite often so there is nothing better to make than fresh bread. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to make your own bread at home with the invention of the bread machine. It used to take a long time to make because you have to prepare the dough and then watch as it bakes. On top of that it would be difficult to control the baking process because the dough and natural conditions (humidity or temperature) are different each time. So with a bread machine the whole process is more precise as it relies on technology. But when buying a bread machine, there are many brands to choose from. How do you know which one is the best?
Thanks to the Bread Machine Pros who have done a comprehensive bread maker comparison we were able to select a couple of the top models which we will talk about below.
Though difficult to pronounce, the Zojirushi brand is the godfather of bread machines. It is a Japanese word meaning “elephant mark” which suits its products really well because they’re the massive leaders in home appliances. The Zojirushi BB-PAC20 has a 120 volt power source which is powerful enough to bake all sorts of breads. It is able to make wheat bread, French bread, fruit bread, nut bread, marble bread, you name it. The capacity of the machine is a 2-pound loaf. You can adjust the color of the crust to either light, medium or dark. It’s a very versatile machine that comes with an easy-to-use LCD control panel. The best part about the bread machine that others don’t have is a heater on the top of the lid. Since most machines don’t have this, those breads typically get cooked without even browning at the top. So this is a great feature.
- An extra heater on the lid that allows for even baking
- Unique “Home Made Menu” function has 3 memory settings
- It only takes 2 hours to bake bread under the quick cycle
- Comes with easy-to-follow manual, instructional DVD, and booklet with recipes
- You can set up the machine to bake up to 13 hours later with the timer
- Menu settings include: basic bread, wheat bread, gluten free bread, sourdough starter, dough, jam, cake, quick bread and the 3 “home made menu” settings
Another bread machine rated well is the Panasonic SD-YD250 which features a powerful 550-watt power supply. Despite its size it can make 3 different loaf sizes of up to 2.5 pounds. This bread machine epitomizes what you would expect from 21st century Japanese innovation. It offers a simple to use digital control menu that you can program to make white bread, whole wheat bread, multigrain bread, French bread, fruit bread, and more. Like the previous machine, this one has highly customizable crust settings too. The cool thing that makes this machine great is the ability to add fruit and nuts at a later stage so that they won’t get crushed during kneading. The machine will beep to notify you when it’s time to add them. Other things you can do with the Panasonic SD-YD250 machine is make dough for pizza, focaccia, croissants, and other pastries.
- Easily bake bread or make dough for other items
- Highly customizable options at the push of a button on the LCD panel
- Choose to bake bread in 3 different sizes and 3 different shades of crusts
- A convenient yeast dispenser to add yeast at the optimal time
- Get professional results each and every time
Other machines that are great picks are the Breville BBM800XL and the Cuisinart CBK-100. They all had impressive features and some even had unique ones. For a complete read of the reviews of the best bread machines and more information about bread making don’t forget to visit www.breadmachinepros.com.