The bread maker has become a must have appliance for any person who is concerned with their health. This is due to the fact that store-bough bread can be very unhealthy, since it contains many synthetic ingredients. Bread makers are incredibly convenient and easy to use. All you have to do is put the ingredients in the machine and program it to start baking. However, if you though that this machine could only be used for baking bread, you are in for the surprise of your life. Keep on reading if you want to discover some surprising ways of using the bread maker.
Jam, jellies and preserve
If you own an old bread machine, this might come as a surprise to you, but you can use it to make jam, jelly or preserve. This possibility was discovered a few years ago, and it was so popular that bread machine manufacturers actually added a jam pre-set function to the newer models. Regardless of how old your bread machine is, making jam is very simple. You can use fresh or frozen fruits (obviously you will have to unfreeze the frozen fruits), add the same quantity of sugar (or less if you want to lose some weight) and start the machine.
You may have noticed that the process of making pasta sauce is sort of similar to the process of making jam, so this should come as no surprise. Just stick in your ingredients and use the jam setting. We should mention that if you have an older bread machine, you should first test the pans with water to make sure they don’t leak. If that is the case, you should invest in a new bread machine. You can do some research on BreadMachineMom.com to see which are the most efficient bread makers on the market. You will see that the most modern models come with a lot of pre-set functions for a wide variety of dishes.
Soups and stews
The jam setting strikes again, and as unusual as it may seem, you can use it for making soup, stews and even risotto. Here’s the thing, the jam setting basically heats the ingredients while stirring continuously. Soups don’t need to be stirred continuously, but this process doesn’t hurt. As for the risotto, the constant stirring is necessary and doing it manually can be very exhausting and time consuming, as you have to stay near the stove from the beginning until the end. However, if you give the bread maker a try, your risotto will turn out just as delicious, and it will require almost no effort from your part.