My Bread Machine

My beloved new Zojirushi bread maker

I’ve long thought about buying a bread machine, but held off, thinking that the small appliance would become a short-lived fad, only to take up the limited space in my cabinets.

But, I am happy to say that since I have purchased my bread maker, the Zojirushi 1-Pound-Loaf Programmable Mini Breadmaker from, the appliance has a permanent place on my kitchen counter.

I like the bread machine’s mini profile, that the machine is so easy to program (most times, I just press “start”) and that its parts – like the baking pan and the kneading blade – are so easy to clean.

Easy to Use
I bought the “mini zo,” as some folks call it, partly because it is made by the same manufacturer as my trusty rice machine, the Zojirushi 10-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer, which I use nearly every night to cook rice for my family’s dinners. (With the rice machine, all I do is add the number of cups of rice I want, fill in the water to match that number of cups, choose the “quick cooking” method and press the red “cooking/reheat” button to start. Easy!) I also purchased the Zojrushi bread machine because of its great reviews.

I also got the Zojrushi bread maker because it is less expensive than the larger 2-lb bread machines, and because the 1-lb Zojrushi makes a smaller 1-lb loaf that my family can eat in one day – so nothing goes stale.

So far, my mini Zo, which I’ve had for more than a year, use frequently and lovingly display on my kitchen counter, works perfectly. I am happy because the mini appliance doesn’t eat up a lot of space. (But my family does eat up a lot of bread!)

It takes about 15 minutes to put the ingredients together when I want to bake a loaf of bread, and just under 4 hours of worry-free kneading and baking time for a soft and yummy loaf of bread.

Best 1Lb Bread Machine Cookbooks
I like that I can use fresh, wholesome and organic ingredients. My favorite cookbooks for my bread machine are “Bread Machine Magic” and Betty Crocker’s “Best Bread Machine Cookbook.” Both have simple, easy to follow 1-lb-loaf bread recipes that work perfectly in my machine! I will post one of my favorite recipes shortly.

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