5 Clever Breadmaker Tips to Save Money

Published on 5th January 2013

By Leila El-Dean


Spending a lump sum on any kitchen appliance can be a considerable expense for many, but if you choose the right bread maker you can make your investment pay for itself in no time.

1. Buy in Bulk

One of the great things about having your own breadmaker is that all the ingredients you need can be stored for long periods of time. This makes it ideal for buying in bulk and saving money.

That should last a while! (image source: grongar)

Bread flour especially can last for years as long as it is stored correctly, which means you can buy massive bags at one time and reduce the overall expense significantly.

To make your bread flour last even longer, store in smaller airtight containers and use one at a time. This reduces the chance of your bread oxygenating or getting damp and keeps your bread tasting fresh.

2. Save The Leftovers

If you traditionally make your bread dough in the quantities specified in the recipe then there are undoubtedly going to be some leftovers.

Save leftovers for later (image source: projector)

When you make too much, don't throw it away. Wrap spare dough in an airtight bag or cling film and then freeze it. When you want to use it, simply take it out to defrost and then cook as usual.

3. Be Creative

Though making just your own bread can save you money in the long run, think how much more you could save if you maximised the potential of your machine.

Remember, you don't have to stick to bread! (image source: avlxyz)

The standard bread maker not only makes bread, it can also make cakes, pizza bases and speciality rolls. Some even make jam, pasta dough as well as a variety of speciality style loaves. And the more you use it, the more economical it becomes.

4. Be Energy Conscious

If you benefit from Economy 7 electricity, then cooking your bread during the lower usage hours overnight can save you money. Though bread makers use very little electricity overall, even this cost can be reduced if you are on the right service plan.

Furthermore, consider the program you are using. If you need a basic white for the kid's lunchboxes, then opt for the rapid program and save the longer options for times when only a very high quality loaf will do.

5. Make The Toppings As Well

Though your breadmaker provides a low cost alternative to standard bread making, getting the top quality products to go with it may cost you a little more.

Try your hand at Jam? (image source: avlxyz)

But fear not, did you know that many breadmakers also enable you to make your own jams? Think of the delicious and low cost options you could make, all thanks to one initial investment.

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