Bread Machines

Bread machines came on the market about 1986, and became popular outside Japan by the late 1990s.  My first bread machine was a Black & Decker B1561. I replaced it with a Panasonic  SD-YD250 in 2016, and a Zojirushi Virtuoso (the 2016 model, the BB-PAC20) in 2020 [Updated]. There are well informed and thoughtful reviews …

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Yeast for baking at home is normally active dry yeast, rapid rise, or instant. Bread recipes from the 1940’s until the introduction of the other varieties refer to active dry yeast. Older recipes might refer to wet yeast, but it became rare. The differences between active dry yeast and  others dry yeasts: the particles of …

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Flour is the product of grinding and milling cereal (grain). The main point of harvesting grain is to preserve the starches in the cereal, to be eaten and metabolized into glucose. When flour is mixed with water, starches dissolve. Yeast, added to the flour and water, consumes some of the starches – it ferments, creating …

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