There are only a few things that are better than freshly baked bread, and a bread maker can get one ready for you in a few hours. The only thing you need to do is gather your ingredients, pop them in the bread pan, press the start button and off it goes.
Bread makers have become increasingly popular and are an effortless way to make fresh, homemade bread. But is it a healthy way to make bread? Let’s find out!
Bread Machine Bread vs Store-Bought Bread
Is The Bread Healthier?
Have you ever taken a look at the ingredients at the back of a prepackaged, store bought bread? You’ll actually be shocked to find that they use emulsifiers and preservatives and many other ingredients that really shouldn’t be in bread. Yet, store-bought bread is an item found in most, if not in all shopping lists.
But, what if you ditched store-bought bread and started making your own? I’m not saying you should go spend all day making bread Paul Hollywood style, but rather investing in a machine that can do the bread making for you.
The beauty of owning a bread machine is that you don’t need to be a pro at making bread, you just need to own some staple ingredients. If you want to eat bread that is good for your health then making your own is definitely the way to go.
You can’t control what goes into store bought bread but you can control what goes into your homemade bread. If you want to reduce your sugar intake, you can use a recipe without sweetener. If you follow a gluten free diet, your bread maker can make a gluten free loaf for you. Bread makers offer a wide range of recipes and settings to fit your dietary needs. So in terms of ingredients, homemade bread is far more healthier than buying it at the store.
Is It Cheaper?
In terms of whether homemade bread is cheaper to make than buying it really depends on how much bread you consume. If you eat bread occasionally, then it is probably not buying a bread machine.
Bread machines can cost anywhere between $30 to $400 and even more. So, if you eat bread once a week or every few but still want to eat healthy bread, then buying from a bakery will be more economical than investing in a machine.
If you’re like me and eat bread all day every day, then investing in a bread machine is definitely worth it. Not only is it super easy to use and ultra convenient, it will also save you money in the long run. Regardless of whether you get a high-end machine or a budget friendly one, you are guaranteed to never want to buy store-bought bread again! Aside from saving you tonnes of money, you will get good quality, homemade bread just the way you want it.
The ingredients to make bread are some of the cheapest you can get. Flour can cost as little as 45p, sugar 65p and yeast £1 for a packet of 8 sachets. To make a loaf of bread, it will cost you a fraction of the price than buying the cheapest store-bought, prepackaged loaf.
Is It Safe To Make Bread In A Bread Maker?
For many years, there has been speculation that products with a non-stick coating are not healthy to cook with. Most of us know this non-stick coating as Teflon. Teflon is actually a brand that makes non-stick products using a material called polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE for short. Teflon has been the topic of many health related conversations as it was suggested that it’s toxic and carcinogenic.
Most bread maker loaf pans are made with this non-stick coating, but does this really make them unhealthy to cook with? Teflon doesn’t actually become harmful unless it is heated continuously over 300 degrees C (500F). Bread is baked at around 175-180 degrees C (300-350F), so there is no need to worry that your bread pan will release any toxic chemicals while baking your bread.
If you are still concerned about the non-stick coating, fortunately for you, there are bread makers out there that do offer stainless steel pans or bioceramic coating, which do not release any harmful substances. There are also bread makers out there that allow you to fully customise the temperature that your bread is being baked at. This lets you to bake your loaf at a safe temperature.
A bread maker is a modern convenience that has made baking bread quick and easy. Of course, you can make healthy, homemade bread without needing a bread maker, but if you are a busy person who wants the luxury of homemade bread, then a bread maker is a great investment.
Not only does it do all the work for you, you control the ingredients that go into your loaf, making it a far better and healthier option than buying bread from the store.