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If you’ve always wanted to bake homemade bread, but were afraid to try, Zojirushi can take your anxieties out with the touch of your finger—literally. This month we’re going to dive deep into our new Home Bakery Maestro™ Breadmaker and show you how easy it is to bake at home. If you already own a breadmaker and have it stashed away in your cupboard somewhere, you should definitely take it out and give it another chance. We’re going to give you the tips to get you excited about baking bread again!
This is BRAND NEW from Zojirushi! With more baking courses, this breadmaker offers a variety of choices, like new healthy options that will make it indispensable for “clean” baking and eating. Multigrain, gluten free, salt free, sugar free and vegan courses can bake specifically to match your lifestyle. Plus, enjoy going beyond bread and easily make your own bread, pizza or pasta dough; try the cake and jam courses, or customize your settings with the homemade course.
A delicious multi-grain loaf that will fulfill your fiber needs and your taste buds at the same time. So easy to bake—simply add ingredients and press “start”!
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Just a little bit of prepping the ingredients, then add to the baking pan and you’re ready to go. Who doesn’t love cranberries and walnuts—what a combination!
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Oh my goodness, if you already make a mean hamburger, why not bake your own buns and go win the backyard BBQ? Your friends and family will thank you!
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For novice cooks who could never imagine being able to bake bread, or for frustrated breadmaker owners who couldn’t get their bread to come out right, we’re going to show you the easy way to get the most out of your breadmaker.

Not at all. Breadmaker will do all the work.
A breadmaker is a countertop appliance that automatically mixes and kneads the ingredients, proofs the dough, and bakes the bread. Many breadmakers have different settings for making different types of breads such as white and whole wheat bread, or other types of foods such as cakes and jams.
No problem. Breadmaker will do all the work; however, you must measure ingredients accurately.
You’re using the same ingredients, so you’re still baking from scratch, but you don’t have to do all the work! No kneading that could be hard on your hands, no finding a warm place to proof the dough, no heating up the kitchen to bake the bread. There is one caveat though: you must measure accurately. When you knead by hand, you can add a little water to make the dough softer, or flour to make it harder, but because a breadmaker is all automatic, it’s imperative to measure accurately.
Use a digital scale to measure accurately. The secret to delicious bread is precise measurement.
The best way is to use a digital scale. Scooping flour in a measuring cup can create air pockets, or shaking the cup can pack the flour and measure more than needed. Using a scale will keep it consistent, and as an added bonus, you don’t need to keep washing all those measuring cups and spoons each time you measure something different!
Don’t give up, just bake it yourself! Our breadmakers will save you the trip and save you money.
First of all, you can use the ingredients you want, whether organic, non-GMO or locally sourced. Then you can avoid the ingredients you don’t want, like dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives. Last and most importantly, you can have freshly baked bread when you want, for breakfast, dinner or a snack!
Here are some easy recipes to start you off, exclusively developed for breadmakers. Give them a try and satisfy your bread cravings!
Yes, once upon a time we thought sliced bread was the greatest invention ever, back in 1928 when it was first introduced in America. But did you know that in 1943 the government tried to ban sliced bread because it was undermining the war effort? The Food Administrator at the time concluded that keeping sliced bread fresh required heavier wrapping paper than whole loaves, thus hindering wartime conservation of materials. The ban only lasted a couple of months though, when they found out the savings weren’t significant enough to be worthwhile.
Napoleon Invents the Baguette
Well, we don’t know for sure, but one story about how the popular French bread originated had to do with Napoleon. It claims that Napoleon decreed that his soldiers should be able to carry their bread in their trousers in specially designed pockets, so the long and slender baguette shape became standard issue for his army. A more modern version places the baguette’s origin during a 1920 French law, which prohibited bakers from working between 10pm and 4am. Starting at 4am wasn’t enough time to bake the more traditional loaves of bread, so the longer, skinnier baguette was developed to bake fast enough and early enough for breakfast customers. The Napoleon story sounds more interesting to us!
Why do bagels have holes in them?
Well, obviously they’re easier to carry on sticks or string them up like a necklace, aren’t they? Actually, even though this is an important side benefit, it’s not the only reason. They were originally shaped more like a horseman’s stirrup, invented by a baker in the 1700s to honor the King of Poland. He had saved the people of Austria from an invasion by the Turks, so the “beugel” (Austrian for stirrup) was baked as a tribute. When Eastern European Jews immigrated to North America at the turn of the century, they brought their beloved bagels with them.
Bagel dough is boiled in water before baking, which gives it the distinct, chewy texture that everyone loves. And because the dough is fairly dense, having a hole in the middle allows more surface area to be boiled and baked more evenly.
What you may not know about pizza…
There is such an event as the Pizza Expo, held each year in Las Vegas by the pizza industry, the largest trade show in the world dedicated to only pizza.
In America we eat the most pizza during the month of January. Super Bowl week is the single most pizza-consumed week of the year.
Over 60% of us prefer thin crust pizza over the other thick crust, super-thin crust and deep dish varieties.
Pepperoni is our favorite topping (no surprise here), with other favorites being mushrooms, sausage, green pepper, onions and extra cheese. The least ordered topping is anchovies.
Over 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S., and we eat an average of 46 slices (23 lbs.) every year!
Sources: Packaged Facts, New York; Consumer Reports on Eating Share Trends
Why does your buttered toast always seem to land badly?
The worst feeling is when you drop your toast and it lands buttered side down! Ugh! But why does it seem like it always happens? Shouldn’t we be treated to a lucky break at least 50% of the time, when we can declare our own “5-second rule” and dust it off, especially at home? It turns out that it all has to do with the height of the table.
Scientists have actually done case studies of the phenomenon and found that the average height of a coffee or dining table is too low to allow the toast to flip enough to land right side up. At a height of 2 to 6 feet, assuming the slice starts out butter side up on your table, the toast can only do a half rotation by the time it hits the floor; therefore landing butter side down. This happens 62% of the time, so don’t feel bad next time you get clumsy. You’d have to have a table 10 feet tall for your toast to do a full rotation and land safely, or the slice would have to be flying horizontally so that it wouldn’t flip at all. Physics always wins—your toast was fighting the odds!
Source: The Daily Mail (U.K.)
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