Bread Machine…. I LOVE YOU!

photo(3)I have a confession to make.  I. Love. My. Bread. Machine.

This has not always been the case.  It was a wedding gift that I used once and then it sat in the box for about twelve years.  About a year ago, I was cleaning out the garage and came across it.  I carried it to the kitchen determined to put it to use.

Here is the thing, I NEVER actually cook bread in it.  It makes funny shaped loves and it is too crunchy for my taste.  But what it does have is……….. a dough cycle.  Oh, the wonderful little handle at the bottom willing to slave itself away so I don’t have to knead bread.

Of all my small kitchen appliances, this one is at the top!  I make sandwich bread, hot dog buns, hawaiian bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, garlic loaves and pizza crust.

Making your own bread products is incredibly easy with a machine, and it saves you a lot of money.  It will cost a minimum of $2 to buy any one of those items.  That is not too much, but in the course of a week you could make all of them combined for just a little more than that!  For our family of 7, I can shave about $10/week ($520/year) off my grocery bill simply by making my bread products rather than buying them.  It honestly only takes about 2 minutes of my time to throw the ingredients in, take them out, shape them and put them in the oven.

These machines can be pretty pricey.  It is an investment up front to buy a new one, but in the long run would be worth it.  If you want to be FRUGAL-RIFIC, you can pick one up second hand.  I have seen them in many garage sells, discount shops, and even at good will for about $10!

What are some of your favorite homemade bread products or recipes?  I would LOVE to try them 🙂

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