We got it on Monday, the last day of the financial year, when most shops were having major sales (also, coincidentally, a public holiday thanks to the Townsville Show, so we didn’t feel bad about skipping uni to go shopping).
We decided to get one after shopping on Saturday and finding that all the bread--in addition to costing more than $2 a loaf--contained milk solids. I’m sure all my vegan readers know the frustration that is milk solids, but suffice it to say that I wanted to throw the loaves of milky bread at someone. Plus, the grocery store within walking distance from us has a very poor bakery section, so we have to go out of our way to buy bread in bulk at evening markdown sales from a bit further afield. When we do that, our freezer is consumed with loaves, rolls and baguettes. With all of this hassle, we wondered why we shouldn’t just make our own.
So that’s what we’re doing from now on.
Our next experiment went to the opposite end of the spectrum. This time we used a bread machine pre-mix for multigrain bread. It costs about $1 a loaf to use pre-mix, and it's not all that much easier than making from scratch, so we probably won't rely on this method too heavily in the future. But, the benefit of pre-mix was the texture was perfectly chewy and delicious.Now the possibilities are practically endless. We can make any kind of bread, cakes and quickbreads, and even jam inside of our new breadmaker. It was a bit expensive, but this is one of those investments that will pay for itself in convenience (no milk solids!), health (no preservatives!), and pure economics (no $2.50 per loaf!). Expect to see a lot more of this new family member around this blog.