Making a perfect loaf of bread is not some shortcuts you wake up to, it is a journey defined by every single step taken along the way.
I must admit it was the roughest journey for me. At times, I felt a bread making machine wasn’t designed for me. If it was, then probably a total waste!
It is not that I had not given my best in the art, in fact, I had gone beyond the mark. I had tried making a loaf of bread at home and every single moment I tried harder, I felt the store-bought bread was much better.
Surprisingly, when I was at the losing end, I realized something I will never forget, something that goes wrong and everything else falls out of place – I just didn’t have the right mindset.
I am pretty sure there are several out there that have felt the same frustration. This is why I decided to share my story – How I Successfully Organized My Very Own Bread Maker. I am going to share some very useful tips, most of which you are very much aware of but tend to ignore.
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What to Do When Making Bread
In order to have amazing results at the end of bread making process, you must avoid guesswork in every step of the way. Here are some tips that will help you make a perfect loaf of bread:
This is perhaps the most common mistakes made my millions of home bakers. Bread machines are designed differently. Read the instructions to understand how the machine was programmed, its capacity and its level of versatility.
Do not come up with your own recipe
Do not at all use a recipe that does not apply to your bread machine. Reading the provided instructions carefully will save you this hassle.
Read widely about bread making
Bread making is definitely not meant for wimps, I will be realistic on this. However, by reading several articles that touch on how to move from a confused beginner to a real pro who can now fess up, you will find yourself enjoying every single moment of bread making.
Use the right ingredients
Are you ready for white bread, wholemeal or some special loaves of bread? A slight mess in the quantity and order of feeding the machine with your ingredients could mess everything. Carefully read your machine’s instructions and know the right procedure.
Cleaning process of a Bread Maker
I loved waking up to a fresh tasty loaf of bread but wait until it was time to clean my bread machine – Honestly, It wasn’t one of my favorite moments.
I later learned some tips on the best way to keep your machine clean and safeguard it. Here is what I did:
- Cleaning the bread machine as often as possible
- I filled the tin with ingredients on the working surface and not in the bread maker so as to avoid spills.
- I let the bread making machine cool before cleaning. Through this way, the dry dough and other crumbs come off easily.
- I never tried to remove moist dough from the interior or sides of the machine. I first let it dry for easy removal.
- Never used harsh chemicals or scrub brushes to clean the heating element. This can destroy its coating or lead to a fire.
- Never placed my baking tin in the dishwasher. Instead, I used a warm soapy rag to wipe clean the tin and later let it dry.
Maintenance of a Bread Maker
Surprisingly, you won’t find any information regarding bread machine maintenance in most provided instruction’s manuals.
However, there are a number of things you could practice to ensure smooth running of your machine and also boost its lifespan:
- Oil your bread pan kneading shafts in order to prevent development of rust and ensure smooth quiet operation
- Do not get the bottom of the pan wet. This could lead to serious rusting
- Be careful to cause spills as this may render the machine circuitry useless. Don’t over-wet the spongy or whatever wiping material you use to wipe clean the unit.
- Do not get impatient over rambunctious dough or crumbs that get overly stuck on the machine parts. Allow them to dry so they can come off easily.
- Never ever use anything abrasive to clean both the inside and outside of your breadmaking machine.
- Clean the bread machine after every bread making session
- Always remember the bread pan is not dishwasher safe