>From: "R.C. Sagnella" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Sat, 27 Jan 96 14:15:48 EST
>Subject: Excuse My Dust
>I see that there are a number of queries regarding bread machines. I'm
>awfully puzzled. We, my wife and I, have been making bread (we grind our
>own whole wheat) for many years and have done it, more or less, the old
>fashion way with a little help from our KitchenAid mixer, a work horse of a
>machine if ever there was one. We make anywhere from five to six loaves at
>a time. My question is, where is the advantage in using a bread machine?
>Certainly it's not in the time saved, because in either case you must
>prepare the dough; furthermore, it seems that you have to wait five hours
>and more to realize your efforts of one loaf of bread when you use a
>machine. In less time than that we have five delicious loaves ready.
>Bread making the old fashion way is fun and easy. Raise a little flour dust
>and try it.
I used to make my own bread, but, alas, I now suffer from fibromyalgia. The
pain in my arms is so severe at times, that it's even a major task typing
this letter! Bread baking became out of the question. My old recipe called
for at least ten minutes of kneading, and this would just about do me in. My
dad bought me a bread machine for my birthday last year, and it has been the
greatest thing! It takes me only five minutes (or less) of prep time, and
then it's set to go. It does the rest of the work by itself. And, there's
very little mess. I can set it on a timer, so that when I wake up, the bread
is just finished baking, so I have fresh bread for breakfast. Sure, I can't
bake five loaves at once, but I can bake them as I need them. Before I owned
one, I didn't think I'd use it much, but it's the most often used appliance
in my kitchen (besides the frig and stove).
Hope this clears things up for you.
* It is good to have an end to journey toward; *
* but it is the journey that matters, in the end. *
* -Ursula K. LeGuin *