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Hamilton Beach Bread Machine

Got a bread machine / bread-maker as part of your preparedness? You might think it’s cheating to use a bread machine (rather than making it from scratch). But it’s a valuable prep item for the survival kitchen!

What do I mean by that?

Well, the other day I wrote an article titled, “Food to Survive a Pandemic | At Least 90 Days”.

In it I mentioned the importance of staying out of grocery stores (any place like that) to minimize risk of exposure (if it gets that bad). Buying enough food and supplies to make it at home for 90 days (just an example) without having to go to the store.

As a result, you won’t be buying fresh foods like bread (because you’re staying out of the grocery store on purpose). So, how are you going to get your hands on some bread?

Well, make your own! A bread machine makes it ridiculously easy. All you need is the machine itself, and of course the ingredients.

How Much Flour Do I Need?

Tip: “Bread machine bread flour” is the same thing as bread flour. Both contain more gluten than all-purpose flour. If using all-purpose flour, consider adding a product called vital wheat gluten (see on amzn). The rule of thumb is to add 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten for every cup of low gluten flour.

How much flour for a loaf of bread? Bread machine recipes vary. So check your manual. Recipes often refer to weight rather than cups. The weight of flour varies. The best way to measure for a given recipe is to use a digital kitchen scale for exact measurements – after you ‘zero out’ the weight of the container (we use this one).

However a good rule of thumb is about 2.5 cups flour for a normal loaf.

A 5 pound bag of all purpose flour contains about 18 cups by volume. So figure about 6 loaves per bag if recipe calls for 3 cups (a slightly larger loaf).

Given the example above, lets say you want to make 2 loaves of bread each week for 3 months. That’s 24 loaves. How much flour do you need?

Well, roughly, 17 pounds of flour. Round it up to 20 pounds (4) 5-lb bags.

24 loaves x 2.5 cups/loaf = 60 cups of flour

60 / 18 = 3.3 (5-lb bags)

So if you bought (4) 5-lb bags, you’re good to go…

Yeast and Other Ingredients

You will also need yeast. You can get the packets (1) 0.25 oz per loaf, or buy it in bulk.

Bread machine yeast and rapid-rise yeast are specially formulated for the bread machine. They also become active more quickly than active dry yeast. Active dry yeast should be dissolved in water before being used, but bread machine yeast can be mixed in with other dry ingredients. This is particularly important when using the timed mixing function on your machine.

Other ingredients may include salt, oil, milk or water, sugar, butter, eggs. Recipes and tastes vary.

Important Note on Liquids

Yeast needs a warm (but not hot) environment to grow in, and for this reason, all liquids added to the bread machine (including eggs) should be at room temperature (as opposed to right out of the fridge).

A typical bread machine recipe may call for warm water approximately 110 degrees-F (for example). I use a quick-read thermometer to measure the temperature as water runs from the tap in this regard (here’s one).

Tip: If using butter, slice into thin pads rather than a big hunk.

Which Bread Machine Should I Buy

Take your pick. But one of the most popular today is this one (which we own) (we actually have two… this one for our 5th-wheel, and a different one at home)

Hamilton Beach Bread Maker
(view on amzn)

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  1. Alternate use for bread maker: Wonderful Wife uses the bread maker to make pizza dough that we then bake in the oven. Basically a pizza dough maker. As I recall it once “danced” off of the counter top during one of its cycles lol. I forget if that was for bread or dough making.

  2. Ken
    I looked up both bread makers that you currently own and use in your house along with travel. The one made by Zojirushi, appears to well worth the extra expense.

    Wondering how long you have had it? Were there any issues occurring in your bread making process?

    1. We’ve had the ZO since 2017. Love it. It cost a lot, but I took a chance and am glad about it. Makes bigger loaves too.

  3. I have a ZO and I love it. Most of the time I let it mix the bread and rise it twice. Then I shape it, let it rise and pop it in the oven. If I am lazy I let it go all the way. It has 2 paddles instead of 1, mixes better. Don’t Touch My ZO!

  4. Still making my own bread. A loaf a week, usually dont get to eat it all… but OMG homemade bread toast with 4″ of REAL butter, a mess of scrambled eggs and a slab of fried ham….
    BTW ya gata top the toast with some homemade preserves, I like the apricot the best.
    No wonder I’m FAT!!!!!
    Ohhh and dont forget the Ginger Tea

      1. Geez Ken,
        If ol Bernie the commie gets in we probably won’t get to use our breadmaker much.
        Unless we make sawdust and mud bread…
        We use 4 bread makers at our home school for the kids lunches. They make their own bread for lunch so they learned how important correct measurements are to successful bread. Teaching math skills and eating home made bread. A whole lot cheaper too buying 50 pound bags flour at Costco…

        1. Yeah and I will have to let the neighbors use my grinder so as to fall in line with the program.

    1. NRP,
      you’re just big boned is all…
      Have you tried apricot jalapeno preserve?
      Wow,tasty and will wake ya up in the morning.
      A friend sent some from a farmers market by gilroy. Got some garlic cloves in honey too.Haven’t opened it yet but she says they are good.
      Got to enjoy the little things…

      1. – Love me some apricot/jalapeno preserves! And, I have to agree with Ken, this whole thread is making me hungry! (Smelling the crock pot full of red beans in the kitchen ain’t helpin’ none, either)
        – Papa S.

      2. Bill Jenkins Horse;
        I have not tried the Apricot/Jalapeno mix, sounds really good though, thinking on taking a Jar of Jam and mixing in a 1/2 tsp. of Jalapeno Magic Dust into it and giving it a try

        1. NRP,
          It had diced small pieces of jalapeno peppers.
          The sweet/hot mixture was really good.
          I ate it on Ritz crackers too.
          Gonna make some of my own.
          Beats grape jelly anytime…

          1. Bill Jenkins Horse;
            Grape Jelly???
            What’s that?
            One thing I do is smear some Cream Cheese on a Ritz, set on a Homemade Sweet Pickled Jalapeno and munch away, goes GREAT with Home Brew…..
            Or if your willing I have some pickled Carolina Reapers I made for a buddy.
            I cant eat them….. about 1.8 million Scoville Units (a Jalapeno is around 1,500), buddy tried some, drank 1/2 gallon of milk within 20 seconds…. HAHAHA Hey, I did warn him

          2. Ok NRP

            Recipes please for your pickled peppers. Do you pickle yours whole or sliced?

            Thanks much!

          3. Anony Mee:
            Will get to tomorrow was Brain Dead most of the evening here…
            BTW sliced.

          4. Anony Mee;
            Here is the Candied Jalapeno recipe I promised.
            Going to post over no the Open Forum

  5. BTW my friends, what is the most common ingredient in cooking? Most cooking.
    Water. If you use chlorinated in your bread… what does that do to the Yeast????
    Or the taste of most foods?
    GET a Berkey Water Filter, good water DOES make a difference.

    PS: dad is right on this one… Blue

    1. NRP….cannot recall if you mentioned, but what kind of dog is “Blue”? He sounds like a smart pup, grin…

      1. Jane Foxe
        Ole Blue is a 120 pound Black Lab, and yes, he’s a LOT starter than me…
        Got me trained well LOLOL
        Ever watch yhe vid “my dogs a Democrat”??? Funny as heck and all so true

  6. Wish I still had a bread machine….. Haven’t had one since Ma past…..
    But I’mma learnin’.
    I gotta (need) to get one
    Made an apple cider bread this past snowy Sunday…..
    Even the other half is eating it!
    It’s almost gone…..

  7. Got what looked like a brand new machine at the local goodwill, in the box for $10. I have been using it for a while now.

  8. I have a bread machine that I got sometime last century. I use it to mix the ingredients and do the first rise, then take out the dough to do a second rise in a bread pan, ’cause the machine loaf shape is weird.
    Another tip for good loaves is to put some ACV (maybe 1-2 tsp?) in with the liquid. Don’t know why, but this makes it rise better.
    Joe C, look for a used breadmaker at Goodwill. I was looking for DD a couple of weeks ago, and the one near me had TWO for $5 each! I also see them fairly frequently at estate sales, though they tend to be more like $15 there.

    1. Chipmunk & Km in nc

      Good idea hitting Goodwill for such an item.


      I usually go after the college students leave for the summer…… looking for work jeans… will be appliances, too!

  9. One more thing: should SHTF and you can’t get yeast, you can make your own sourdough starter. Never used the bread machine for sourdough bread, so I’m not sure if that’s possible, but if you want bread, you can learn.

    1. Chipmunk
      Amazon has a bread book ‘Artisan Breads’, friend makes it all the time. Looks good, smells wonderful but some how I always seem to miss out on the taste test phase…lol

  10. We use a Panasonic YD 250 (I think that is correct product number). It has a delayed yeast dispenser that makes sure that the yeast is not dispensed into raw, unmixed salt. I have had this particular machine for over a decade and it gets used once or twice a weak. The bread is just like the bread my grandmother used to make by hand. We buy our flour in bulk and store it in heat-sealed mylar bags with oversized O2 absorbers. Some of our loaves have been made with flour that is 3 years old with no bad taste or odor.

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