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Bread - What you might not know!
I love fresh bread!
I love eating bread, I love the texture and taste and the great variety of bread that you can buy or make. Here I have gathered together 5 interesting facts about bread and also recommend some of the best bread machines currently on the market that will help you on your quest for tasty no hassle fresh bread every day. Enjoy...
Is bread better made in an oven or Bread Machine?
This is largely a matter of taste. However it is generally agreed that the texture delivered by a hand kneeded, oven baked loaf is better. But if you are anything like me then you simply don't have the time so a Bread Machine is the answer. Check out some bread machine reviews if you are seriously considering a purchase as there re many different models on the market at varying prices. The Zojirushi BB-CEC20 is the newer version of the ever popular Zojirushi BBCC-X20 and with its 13 hour delayed start timer it means you can wake up to the smell of freshly baked bread ever morning.
Why does home-made bread go mouldy more quickly?
Home-made bread often lacks the preservatives and additives found in commercially made bread. These are added to store bought loaves to help them last longer from baking through sitting on the store shelves and still providing you a few days of fresh loaf at home. However, increasingly I am finding that the loaves I purchase from my local store go mouldy very quickly which is what initially led me to consider a bread machine. In warm, moist places mould thrives and when it attackes your bread it can spread quite rapidly. Try keeping your bread in a bread bin to help it to last longer. You could also add sourdough to your homemade loaf to help naturally preserve it for longer.
Is it a myth that Bread makes you fat?
Bread itself, particularly whole-meal bread, is full of fibre which can actually help you to feel full for longer. For this reason Bread can be an important part of a healthy balanced diet. However, adding butter, spreads and fillings to your toast and sandwiches can all be very high in fats and is often where the myth that Bread is bad for you comes from. So why not try reducing the ratio of filling you load into your sandwiches and see if that can help you shed a few pounds. Also consider making your own bread so you know exactly what ingredient go into it. You could also invest in a decent recipe book for some health bread recipes.
How do you stop toast landing butter side down?
There really isn’t much you can do when you drop a slice of bread and watch as the butter falls all over your floor. The reason behind this is physics. As you let go of the slice gravity will pull the side of the toast loaded with butter towards the floor. Due to the height of the drop often there is no time for the momentum of the bread to spin over again so that the butter side is up. The size of the bread also have an influence on how it fall, so the only real answer is, don’t let go of it in the first place!!
When was the first bread machine made?
We have been eating bread for around 8 thousand years but Panasonic were the first company to release a bread machine in 1986 (though at the time the company was called Matsushita Electric Industrial Company). In my view they still make one of the best bread machines on the market right now the Panasonic SD-YD250. These days the loaves produced by bread makers are much better looking and with a little trial and error you can make all kinds or artisan bread and even cakes and jam. Check out some bread machine reviews if you are thinking of making a purchase to understand which models might meet your requirements.