My neighbor and longevity guru, Bradley Willcox, is aware of a factor or two about wholesome growing old. As a Professor and Director of Analysis on the Division of Geriatric Drugs, John A. Burns College of Drugs he’s fond of claiming, “the intersection of wholesome growing old and expertise is within the kitchen.” In different phrases, good bread is nice medication.
So, what does this should do with a bread making machine?
“Wholesome growing old”, says Dr. Willcox means “growing old with minimal continual ailments and excessive bodily and cognitive operate.”
What in regards to the ‘kitchen’ a part of the equation?
“Meals is medication”, he informed me. “It’s an Okinawan expression and it’s true.”
Does nourishing bread rely as medication?
“You guess,” he replied. “Individuals eat plenty of bread and plenty of it’s no good. Maintaining a healthy diet bread made with complete grains is fiber wealthy and related to a decrease threat of diabetes, coronary heart illness, varied cancers, and higher intestine well being.”
It was time, with expertise, to make my very own bread.
Why go to all this bother? I’m a healthy-food fanatic and the bread accessible commercially is mostly not all that good. Sure, there are some exceptions. For instance the Breadshop on Waialae avenue does a exceptional job of manufacturing healthful, scrumptious bread. At round $10 a loaf or extra, it higher be. However as they are saying, you get what you pay for.
So what in regards to the half about making your individual? Properly it’s a helluva lot of labor, except in fact, you might have a kind of new fangled bread making machines.
That brings us to the topic of this text.
My selection of bread maker, a Panasonic SDR2550, was hardly scientific. My neighbor, Ray Madigan, a yoga instructor, and retired nurse has owned a Panasonic bread maker for over 10 years and has been bragging about his bread for years. I lastly tried a toasted slice.
That was all of the empirical proof I wanted.
Panasonic’s newest mannequin, the SDR2550 in my kitchen, is a high-tech system with 20 pre-set packages which provides choices to bake all the things from French bread, brioche, sourdough to dense German type rye bread. It should additionally make gluten-free bread, cake, pizza dough and pasta dough.
I used to be primed. I bought yeast, complete wheat flour, rye, and so on. I acquired many of the elements on Amazon. You possibly can presumably discover it on the town however as everyone knows, it’s simpler to do issues on-line, and regardless of the transport, cheaper than a spot like Entire Meals.
I preppred by studying by way of the guide and watched YouTube movies. The principle factor they drum into your head is to make use of exact measurements and observe the recipes to the letter. Additionally they insist that you just add the elements within the correct sequence, i.e. yeast first, then flour, salt, water, butter, and so on.
All the things is added to a bit of bucket kind container with a paddle on the underside that mixes and kneads the dough. There’s a tiny dispenser if you wish to add nuts or raisons. After all, this system additionally bakes the bread. There are heating parts, like in your oven.
Every recipe additionally has a corresponding menu setting on the LED management panel. You set the scale of the loaf, crust shade and if wanted, you’ll be able to program when to start the method.
I attempted my first loaf and naturally, broke a few guidelines.
My old school scale wasn’t precisely an atomic clock when it got here to precision however evidently it was shut sufficient. Panasonic prefers that you just weigh probably the most of elements, however I discovered so long as the proportions have been correct, i.e. three cups of flour, the bread got here out advantageous. (Erring on the aspect of warning, I later purchased a digital scale. That stated, I’ve had fairly good luck with recipes that provide the quantity of the elements, ie one cup, one teaspoon, and so on. moderately than the exact weight in grams).
All of the elements have been added within the proscribed order, however I made a decision so as to add some buckwheat (not within the recipe) as a result of I had some within the pantry, so I substituted some wheat flour for buckwheat.
I pushed the button, anticipating the machine to start out mixing issues however nothing occurred. I checked the guide once more and was reminded that the system has a double sensor that adjusts for room and inner temperature to calculate how a lot time the dough must rise and relaxation.
It should heat up for about half-hour and the pc program takes it from there. (Somebody needed to write plenty of code for this merchandise).
I experimented with one other half dozen or so recipes. I even made complete wheat pizza dough.
When you get used to this machine, all you do is add the elements and stroll away.
How cool is that? It comes with recipes however there are additionally some accessible on-line. You possibly can tweak the “components” a bit however don’t be stunned if it doesn’t aways work (i.e., the bread doesn’t rise). For those who persist with the recipe, likelihood is you’ll have good outcomes.
Experimentation is laudable however simply beware. What does this inform you? Baking bread is simply as a lot an artwork as a science.
The draw back? It’s about 16 x 8 x 12 so it’ll take up some room in your counter.
At $278 on Amazon, it isn’t low-cost, however boy does it make good bread.
For those who’re considering of getting one thing wholesome for your loved ones this vacation season, you received’t go incorrect with this equipment.
Editor’s observe: A model of the story beforehand appeared within the Honolulu Star Advertiser.