Bread Maker FAQ

Bread maker FAQ or frequently asked questions give insight into bread makers, that are reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use bread maker buyers guide to find the best one.

Q. What does a bread maker do?
A. A bread maker mixes, kneads, rises, and bakes your ingredients to make bread. The bread maker also controls temperature throughout this process to help the bread rise and give the crust your chosen color.
Q. What kind of bread machines are there?
A. In general, there are five kinds of bread machine.

Vertical -  This bread machine bakes loaves in a container that is positioned vertically. Also, this bread maker has one kneading paddle.

Horizontal - This bread machine bakes loaves in a container that is positioned horizontally. Also, this bread maker has two kneading paddles.

Small - This bread maker is designed for a kitchen with limited counter space. Also, it makes small loaves for a household of one or two.

Large - This bread maker can make 3 pound loaves of bread that is great for large families.

Gluten Free - Lastly, this bread maker bakes gluten free bread.

Q. How long does it take to make bread?
A. Plan on two hours to make home made bread.
Q. What else can you use the bread machine for?
A. Incidentally, you can use the bread machine to bake a cake, bake meatloaf, make jam, sauces, soups, rice dishes, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and more....
Q. How long does homemade bread last?
A. At room temperature, homemade bread lasts about 3 to 4 days. On the other hand, if its refrigerated, the homemade bread lasts 6 to 9 days.
Q. How long can you leave the bread in the bread maker?
A. It is okay to leave bread in the bread maker for up to an hour after it has baked and still be fresh and delicious.
Q. What to look for in a bread maker?
A. Look at loaf capacity, machine size, loaf pan shape, kneading paddles, pre-programmed settings, crust control, gluten-free options, and delayed start capability.