I have an old "bare bones" Welbilt that makes a 1# loaf. It is presently
loaned out to a friend. In the meantime, another friend gave me her
Welbilt R2D2 type machine that makes 1 1/2# of bread and has a timer.
She bought a machine that mixes and kneads 4 loaves of bread at a time,
so she bakes once a week now.
BTW, there is a huge amount of time difference between the two machines.
The R2D2 makes bread in a little over 4 hours, whereas the old Welbilt
makes it in a little over 2 hours. I have concerns about the R2D2
wearing the yeast out (Sam's Red Star bargain yeast). Red Star said that
that particular strain of yeast can not hold up to 3 risings. Any one
having any problems with that?
That wasn't the reason I'm writing this, though. Sam's carries the
Welbilt 6000 around Christmas. This year it costs $89.99. Why would I
even be thinking about another machine, you ask? We have a large family,
we homeschool, and the 6000 machine makes 2-2# loaves at a time. It can
make two 1, 1 1/2, or 2# loaves.
Does anyone have one of these machines? What do you think of it? The
back of the machine says 650 watts, but the R2D2 says 750 watts - does
this mean that this motor is just more efficient -- or is it not as
strong of a motor?
Any input would be appreciated, and I only have a short time to make up
my mind. Sam's usually sells out of them pretty quick around here. I
will be calling Welbilt's 1-800 number to get more information about
number of rises, length of rises, and if it has a FAST cycle (maybe just