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Best Bread Machines for 2020

Bread making has been a hobby for many at-home bakers, people trying to save some money, or even those who just love some homemade bread, for centuries. During the first half of 2020, bread making has been much more popular. Many people have been looking for the best ways to make bread at home. 

Thankfully, making bread has become increasingly easier since humans started making bread. You don’t have to build any sort of brick or clay oven – though some may prefer that method. Some people have been experimenting with their grills and fire pits. You can also go traditional and just pop it in the oven or – even better and easier –  use a bread machine so you can set it and forget it.

How are you to choose the best bread machine for your needs when there are so many options out there? You can get large or small loaf capacity. You can find some that automatically add fruits and nuts. What if you want a more traditional looking loaf of bread? How long can you set a delayed start? Does gluten-free bread bake the same in a bread maker? You can find a space-saver or something more elegant and sleek.

I’ve put together a list of some of the best bread machines for 2020. I’ve based my list both on functionality of the bread machines, and their combined reviews on Amazon. It was important that I build my list with those bread makers that would be a welcome addition to your kitchen!

11 Top Bread Makers For 2020

1. Cuisinart 2-lb Bread Maker

The Cuisinart 2-lb Bread Maker has an array of great features, including gluten-free and artisan bread recipes. With twelve pre-programmed menu options including French, whole wheat, and even cake, this machine is made for busy cooks.

2. Aicok Stainless Steel Bread Machine

Need bread fast? The Aicok will not only have your bread done in two hours, but it can also make three different sizes of bread. This model comes with a detachable fruit and nut dispenser to make your bread more flavorful and healthy.

3. Hamilton Beach Digital Bread Maker

If you are newer to bread making, like many are in our new form of normal, this Hamilton Beach model is for you. With three easy steps for use – add ingredients, select cycle, and press start – this breadmaker is super simple to use.  Able to make quick bread with no yeast and audibly remind you when to add fruits and nuts, this Hamilton Beach product is a great selection for a first-time baker. The interior pan is dishwasher safe and comes with two kneading paddles.

4 Cuisinart CBK-110P1 Bread Maker

Making bread in a small kitchen can seem nearly impossible, with mixing, kneading, and proofing all being potentially space-consuming projects. The CBK-110 is a slim model measuring at 10.2 x 13.2 x 11.2 inches and only about 10 pounds. It also has an interior light so you can see your beautiful bread throughout the baking process.

5. Secura Bread Maker Machine 2.2lb Stainless Steel Toaster

This versatile model has 19 preset menu settings, 3 loaf sizes and 3 crust options available at a touch of a button. It can make a variety of breads, pizza doughs, cakes, yogurts and jams. The 15 hour delay function is a game-changer for those days when you want fresh bread waiting for you first thing in the morning!

6. Zojirushi BB-CEC20 Home Bakery Supreme 2-Pound-Loaf Breadmaker

The Zojirushi will definitely give you more of an oven-baked bread feel. The bread pan lays on its side, differing from most bread machines, which have a vertical loaf pan. This unit also comes with two mixing blades, measuring spoons, and measuring cups, as well as a recipe book. This machine is also able to make meatloaf, making it a much more versatile kitchen appliance than most bread makers!

7. KBS Pro Stainless Steel Bread Machine

The KBS is large, sleek, and beautiful. Stainless steel coating, tempered glass cover, and a fully digital, intuitive touch panel and control make this model a great match for any kitchen.  Programmed with a fifteen-hour delay start and a one-hour automatic “keep warm” function, this is a great bread machine for a busy family.

8. AmazonBasics 2 Pound Non-Stick Bread Making Machine

This bread machine is the perfect entryway kitchen accessory and it is both long-lasting and durable considering the cost. With a two-pound loaf capacity and an Expressbake function, this bread maker is great for large families or those that like to have bread stored away in the freezer for a rainy day.

9. The Foolproof Bread Maker

The Foolproof Bread Maker by Hammacher Schlemmer is a convection machine with the capability to make a unique loaf of bread with the “crispy crust” setting. Over 100 different combinations of bread can be made with this model. It also includes a lifetime guarantee!

10. T-fal 7211001527 Bread Machine

If you are going for gluten-free breads in your baking endeavors, try the T-fal ActiBread. It was designed specifically for gluten-free bread, pasta, and even cake. You can actually make your cake and eat it, too! The T-fal can make three different sizes of either gluten-free or standard bread loaves (or, of course, cake).

11. Breville BBM800XL Custom Loaf Bread Maker

Looking for that photo-worthy loaf from a bread machine without that imperfect hook indent? Want your grandmother’s twenty-seven step bread recipe to become super simplified? The Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker is where it’s at. The mixing hook even collapses down to lessen the dent in the fully baked bread. You can not only save your personal recipes, but you can also make dough for pasta, pizza, and focaccia as well as pause the process for shaping crust and adding glaze for a beautifully finished loaf.

Whether you are a newly minted baker starting with quick breads, taking a pizza crust to a new level, or a tried and true purveyor of sourdough with your own starters, a bread machine is bound to make any bread-making journey much easier.

Enjoy your next baking adventure!


10 Herbs And Spices Every Kitchen Needs

Herbs and spices are vital for making your meals flavorful even with the simplest ingredients. When stocking your kitchen you want to gather herbs and spices that allow you to make your family quality meals they want to eat even on a budget.

These ten herbs and spices are a great start for building your spice stock.

Salt is vital for your health though in limited amounts. Rather than eating pre-made foods packed with salt you can use your own salt and have full control of how much sodium is in your diet. Having a variety of salt including iodized table salt and pink Himalayan salt is a great way to add flavor to your food.

Pepper is perfect for seasoning food after cooking or adding a kick of flavor while you cook. A peppercorn grinder for truly fresh ground pepper is the best way to take advantage of the flavor pepper has to offer.

Cinnamon is a true staple for your kitchen. Cinnamon can make a great addition to everything from oatmeal to deserts and add flavor to fruits and vegetables. Having cinnamon on hand is a great way to be ready to mix up a fun treat in the kitchen as simple as adding to peanut butter or sprinkling with sugar over baked apples.

Oregano is one of the most commonly used spices in Italian dishes. When you think of pizza you often think of the smell of toasted oregano in the sauce. Stocking oregano in your kitchen allows you to add a dash of extra flavor quickly and easily to even the blandest pasta sauce.

Basil like oregano is an Italian classic that goes well in pretty much everything. Basil makes a great addition to soups and sauces allowing you to improve the flavor and give it something special.

Thyme has a great flavor that goes well with poultry and seafood. Thyme makes a great addition to potatoes as well. Use Thyme to flavor sauces and stews.

Rosemary is another herb that can make for amazing poultry dishes. Use to give flavor to soups and stews or make your own herbed bread for serving alongside meals.

Chilli powder is the simplest way to add a kick to chili, tacos, and other savory dishes. This is a great way to kick up the flavor is a dish that is too sweet for your liking. Use chili powder to add a kick to your favorite barbecue recipe.

Garlic is one of the best herbs to keep in your kitchen for adding flavor to just about anything savory. Garlic powder or dried minced garlic are great options though if you have space and will use it quickly fresh garlic is always the best option.

Paprika is great for adding something special to your meals. From homemade barbecue to adding flavor to homemade mac and cheese. Choose a smoked variety for even more flavor. This is a staple for soups, chili, and tacos allowing you to add more flavor to your store-bought mixes or making your own.

I must admit that I used to be very weary of adding spices to my homemade meals. But once you understand the uses of each and how they can make your dish go from bland to grand, you will be adding a pinch here and there, even in pre-made meals. Try it and let me know how you make out!


Grocery Substitutes When Shelves Are Empty

We’ve all had that moment of panic before. You walk through the grocery store with your list only to find the shelf completely cleared. Perhaps there was a great sale on your favourite brand, or you can’t seem to find it in the store. At some point, you will find yourself in the store unable to buy something that was on your list! If you find ourself in this situation, I have a few handy substitutes that you’ll want to have handy. Here are items to buy when the grocery store is entirely out.

Out of Dairy Milk? Buy Plant-Based Milk Instead

If there is a dairy shortage in your area, or the price of milk goes way up, then you will want to have something handy to substitute it for! If you can’t find any dairy milk, look into some plant-based milk alternatives! Soy milk, almond milk, and coconut milk can usually get the job done in any recipe you’re looking for! The shelf life is also a lot longer on these kinds of milk if they are unopened. Before you start whipping up recipes using plant-based milk, make sure that you do some research first. Not all plant-based milks will be a one to one substitute.

Out of Butter? Buy Margarine Instead

For a lot of recipes, you can use either a plant-based alternative or margarine without noticing a significant difference in your recipe. If your store is entirely out of butter, you can probably safely use margarine to get you through until you’re able to find butter again. Margarine is best when used in cooking over baking, so if you plan on doing a lot of baking, use a plant-based butter substitute instead.

Can’t Find Canned Veggies? Buy Fresh Instead

Canned veggies are great when you are looking for something a little more shelf-stable. They also are typically pre-cooked and cut so you can significantly cut down on your cook and prep time. However, fresh produce can usually do the same job! You can even learn to can it yourself if you want to have something a little more shelf-stable. Some vegetables can also be frozen, so you don’t have to worry about them going bad.

Out of Tomato Paste? Try Canned Tomatoes Instead

Small cans of tomato paste are easy to miss in the store. However, I have not been able to find it countless times! Tomato sauce and canned tomatoes are not as concentrated as the tomato paste you’ll find in a can. So, if you want to substitute this properly, make sure that you double the amount to get your flavours just right. The ratio is about two tablespoons of strained canned tomatoes for each tablespoon of tomato paste you would have used.

Can’t Find All-Purpose Flour? Try Using a Different Flour

If you can’t find regular flour, you may still be able to find gluten-free or even whole wheat flours in the store. Depending on what you’re making, you may be able to use chickpea flour or even self-rising flour. Adjusting your recipe slightly or going for an unconventional flour can help you get the job done in a pinch. While some recipes are one-to-one, not all of them will be! Make sure to look it up online before you buy so that way you don’t buy the wrong kind of flour for your recipe.

Out of Eggs? Try Using Aquafaba

Aquafaba, also known as chickpea juice, is made from the juice from a can of chickpeas. This can work very similar to eggs in most recipes to help you get by until you need to get more eggs. Sure, you won’t be able to whip up a batch of scrambled eggs with Aquafaba, but you’ll be able to bake your cakes still and use them in recipes pretty seamlessly.

Can’t Find Bread? Try Tortillas or Pita Bread

Bread is one of those staples we don’t appreciate until it’s too hard to find. If you want to make a one-to-one swap for your store-bought bread, you can always make your own! It costs pennies to make your own bread and will get the job done just as well! However, if you still want to buy something for the store as a bread replacement, you may be able to always find tortillas or pita bread. These can work great as bread substitutes in many situations. You can make roll-ups instead of sandwiches or make a pita grilled cheese. It’s not the same, but it can help you add some healthy carbs into your diet when you can’t find any bread.

If you can’t find something in the store or don’t want to drive around town looking for it, then these substitutes can be a lifesaver in the kitchen! These work great for nearly any recipe, and will help you out in a pinch!