By Jevan Soyer. Inflation was a hallmark of the 1980s, the news was peppered with bulletins stating the constant devaluing of the exchange rate of CARICOM countries against the US dollar. People were having conversations about the high price of bread in Guyana. This gets us to the topic at hand, why you should make bread for yourself. Food prices are rising and bread is no exception. The increases may be due to international commodities price increases, supply chain interruptions or even global warming. One thing is certain, the price will go up.
If you have already been affected by the pandemic, and living on reduced income, then you should make bread without hesitation. I am sure you could remember your grandmother or grandfather saying, “When I was your age a bread was half cent.”
The economics of homemade bread
If there is one reason for you to make bread for yourself, it is the amount of money that you would save. The average house with 4 residents, 2 adults and 2 children, might go through 2 loaves of bread in a day, one for breakfast and the second for dinner. At a cost of TT$13 to TT$16, that gives an average cost of TT$14.50. Two loaves for 365 days give you a cost of TT$10,585 for the year. Since most families make a budget for the month, divide that amount by 12 to give you TT$882 per month.
If you were to make bread, what would be the monthly cost? From my experience, a 25-pound bag of flour lasts about one month and costs TT$65 to TT$70. A one-pound packet of yeast costs TT$27 to TT$30. The other inputs such as oil and sugar would most likely be in your kitchen already. If you are into gourmet breads, you would need additional ingredients such as eggs, butter, milk, raisins and oats. If these cost an additional TT$100, it would give you a grand total of TT$200. That means you would save TT$682 per month or TT$8,185 a year.
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What you would need to make bread
If you have a stove, then you are half way there. Different types of breads not only call for different ingredients, but would require different preparation and cooking techniques. Should you decide to begin baking your own breads, you can start with experimenting with different types of breads. Here are a couple of tried and tested recipes to get you started with making your first loaf of bread. With the money that you would be saving, you can invest in additional equipment to make bread and improve your baking experience.
Recipes to make bread
Bread pans and baking sheets
You would have to invest in a couple of bread pans. There are different types of bread pans. Breads can have different sizes, shapes and some are even baked on a baking sheet instead of in a pan like the local favourite hops bread.
Types of bread pans
1.5qt Loaf pan,
Oven to table use,
Easy to clean
Freezer, oven, dishwasher and microwave safe
Ceramic loaf pans offer outstanding performance for creating savory bread, quick bread and pound cake. It also lends casseroles a beautiful oven-to-table presentation. 10.15×3.34
- Seasoned with 100% natural vegetable oil
- Dual Handle design
- Unparalleled heat retention & even heating
- Use in oven, not intended for stove-top use
- Measures 8 x 4.5 x 3/20cm x 11.5cm x 7.5cm
- Made of heavy gauge steel with nonstick coating
- Square folded corners and tapered sides
- Hand washing recommended
- Quantum2 non-stick coating double-coated
- Withstands temperatures to 500F 260C
- 24 gauge non-stick aluminized steel
- Wire-in reinforced rim with folded body construction
- Bake bigger loaves of your favorite bread recipes and have lots of leftovers with this large loaf pan
- Made of durable, heavyweight steel; non-stick coating for easy release and quick cleanup
- 9.25 x 5.25 x 2.75 in. (23.4 x 13.3 x 6.9 cm)
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Dishwasher safe; however for best results, wash in warm, soapy water before first and after each use
- Even heating for golden-brown results
- Durable Nonstick Steel
- Easy Cleanup
- Oven safe to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
- Soft silicone material can be very flexible
- Non-stick, stains resistant , heat resistant (-60°C to 260°C)
- Reusable, easy to release, easy to use and convenient cleaning
- Use for fridge,oven,toaster,microwave and dishwasher
- The flexible silicone and non-stick finish allow for easy and quick release of baked goods and desserts, stain- and odor-resistant
Cuisinart® Chef’s Classic™ Non-Stick Bakeware is ideal for today’s cooks. The full line is constructed of heavy guage aluminized steel to provide even heat distribution and consistent baking results. The nonstick interior and exterior ensure easy food release and cleanup, and extra-thick rolled edges prevent warping. The entire line is dishwasher safe. Cuisinart quality promises you a lifetime of great performance, whatever the baking task!Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Bakeware 9″ Loaf Pan
- 8.5″ x 4.5″ loaf pan
- 2″ deep loaf pan
- Made of heavy gauge 18/4 grade stainless steel
- Mirror finished loaf pan
- The wide lip for easy handling
- Hand washing recommended
Each has its own unique characteristics and cost. It is known by experienced bakers that if you want a darker crust on your bread, you go with a darker loaf pan.
Kneading flour made easy
The one thing that will turn most people off of making their own bread is the kneading of flour. Most kitchen mixers come with a dough hook that will eliminate this step from the baking process.
Kitchen mixer list
Dash Stand Mixer US$37.49
The Dash Everyday Stand mixer is a 2.5qt pint-sized powerhouse that can whip up everything from whole-wheat pancake batter, to oatmeal cookies, to fluffy egg whites with ease. Whether it is sweet or savory treats you crave, this entry-level mixer will do the job. Unprocess your food today with the recipe book that is included with purchase, and gain access to our database of thousands of recipes for free!
This Hamilton Beach stand mixer can tackle any baking recipe from whipping delicate meringues to mixing sticky pizza dough. It has the same rotating mixing action as KitchenAid stand mixers – which means complete bowl coverage with no scraping necessary. A tilt-up head lets you add ingredients and change attachments quickly.
9.5-QUART HIGH CAPACITY – Big stainless steel mixing bowl offers enough capacity. Each SanLidA kitchen stand mixer comes with a dough hook, flat beater, wire whip, and pouring shield avoiding mess kneading process
10 SPEEDS TO SUIT ANY RECIPE – The powerful performance of planetary mixing action for mixing bread dough, thick batters, meringues, and whipping cream, plus lower speeds for stirring and finessing your most delicate concoctions. Additional pulse setting for quick blitzing
EASY CLEAN UP – All of the attachments are dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleaning. Just throw them in the dishwasher, and you’re all set
STYLE AND RELIABILITY – This SM-1551 stand mixer practices a combination of classical and popular. The best ornament in your kitchen you shouldn’t miss24/7 SanLidA
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SanLidA Stand Mixer, 9.5 Qt. 10-Speed Electric Kitchen Mixer with Dishwasher-Safe Dough Hooks, Flat Beaters, Wire Whip & Pouring Shield Attachments for Most Home Cooks, SM-1551, Cream White
- Powerful Motor and Variable Speed Control – 660W high performance pure copper motor and sturdy ABS housing; 6 optimized speeds with pulse function, access to multipurpose and a variety of recipes. More powerful motor but lower operation noise ≤76dB.
- 6.5Qt Large Capacity Bowl With Handles – 6.5QT Stainless steel bowl can meet all your kitchen needs. The Stand Mixer is easy to use for making cakes, breads, cookies, pastry, muffins and waffle, and the dual handles are more convenient to hold.
- Tilt Head and Outside Design – The tilt-head design mixer allows access to install or uninstall bowl and accessories easily. The kitchen mixer has a stainless steel decoration belt and blue LED light as power indicator. The Red housing with TWO LAYER PAINTING make it look more shining and beautiful in your kitchen.
- Multiple Attachment Set – Aucma stand mixer comes with three mixing accessories: whisk, dough hook, mixing beater.The splash guard with access hatch helps add ingredients without making a mess.
- Ideal Gift and Multiple Authentication – Aucma electric food mixer is a perfect gift idea for your family and friends. Please always feel free to contact us if you have any questions during using.
Cuisinart 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer US$199.99
- Large 5.5 quart capacity, polished stainless steel bowl
- Powerful 500 watt motor, Die cast metal construction
- 12 speeds for precision mixing & tilt back head allows easy access to bowl
- One power outlet for optional attachments
- Chef’s whisk, dough hook, and flat mixing paddle, splash guard w/pour spout
- 25% lighter, 20% smaller footprint (compared with KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer)
- Compatible with all attachments. Excludes bowls and beaters.
- The tilt-head design allows clear access to the bowl and attached beater or accessory so you can easily add ingredients for a recipe. Locking the head into place during operation keeps the beater-to-bowl contact close and efficient.
- With colors from bold to understated, there’s a Mini to match both your kitchen and your style
- Powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe, whether you’re stirring wet and dry ingredients together, kneading bread dough or whipping cream.
- 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir. Cord length : 36 Inches
- Includes Flat Beater, Dough Hook and Wire Whip
- Power Hub for Additional Attachments
- Unique Mixing Action
- Assembled with Pride in Greenville, Ohio
- Choose from all the color options to find the one that best matches your style and personality.
- The power hub turns your stand mixer into a culinary center with more than 15 optional attachments available.
- 5-Qt. stainless steel bowl with comfortable handle offers enough capacity to mix dough for 9 dozen cookies or 4 loaves of bread in a single batch.
- 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action means 59 touchpoints per rotation around the bowl for thorough ingredient incorporation.
- The tilt-head design allows clear access to the bowl and attached beater or accessory so you can easily add ingredients for a recipe.
- Powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe, whether you’re stirring wet and dry ingredients together, kneading bread dough or whipping cream.
- Includes coated flat beater, coated dough hook, 6-wire whip and 1-piece pouring shield. The flat beater and dough hook are dishwasher-safe.
Smeg Stand Mixer US$489.00
- The specially designed accessories, combined with the SMF03’s planetary mixing action allow the arm to perfectly reach all the bowl walls, allowing it to beat and cream ingredients faster and more efficiently than the standard flat beater, saving you time and effort! Included accessories: Stainless steel wire whisk, Aluminum flat beater, Aluminum dough hook, 4.8 Lt St steel bowl, and Pouring shield.
- The ALL NEW coating for the accessories not only improves their cosmetic appeal, but has the added benefits of being non-stick and dishwasher safe, which is a dream for any home baker, reducing waste and clean-up time.
- The direct drive motor has 10 variable speeds to accommodate any number of recipe actions, and comes equipped with a smooth start function to avoid splatter and waste.
- INCREASED WHIP PERFORMACE: The SMF03 is capable of whipping just 3 egg whites for smaller projects, but can handle as many as 12 at a time for larger projects.
- SAFETY FEATURES: Anti-slip feet keep the unit in place on any counter surface, overload protection avoids damage to the motor, ensuring a long life for your machine, and safety lock for the head keeps the beaters from falling on you when putting ingredients into the bowl. All of these features designed with the consumer in mind to provide great performance while avoiding headaches and damages.
Ankarsrum Original Kitchen Machine US$699.99 (Commercial)
- Royal Blue mixer base with stainless steel and carbon steel design
- Includes a 7 liter stainless steel mixing bowl, dough roller, dough knife, dough scraper, dough hook, dust cover lid, a 3.5 liter BPA/BPS free Tritan plastic mixing bowl, multi-wire balloon and single-wire cookie whip
- Self adjusting speed control
- Powerful and quiet 600 watt motor
- Whisks meringue, creams butter, and holds up to 18 egg whites
- Dark Pewter body
- Mixer includes bowl, whisk, flat beater, and dough hook
- 10 speeds with 0.44 HP to bowl
- Bowl lift perfect for heavy recipes
- Stainless steel bowl with handle
Kneading flour is a learned skill, some people learn it quickly, others never. No matter how much they try and practise, it never seems right. Then, there are the days that you wish you can just push a button and POOF! You have bread.
Well, there is such a machine. Add your ingredients and push a button and in less than one hour, you have fresh homemade bread. The more advanced models will allow you to add the ingredients, set a timer and it will make bread for you first thing in the morning ensuring that you have fresh bread. You may invest in the latest Oster Expressbake Breadmaker, landing costs in Trinidad and Tobago inclusive of shipping and handling, online purchase tax, duties and Value Added Tax will come up to TT$915. This means it will basically pay for itself in less than 2 months.
Most bread makers can do a lot more than just make bread, they can knead pizza dough, French bread, dinner rolls, sweet bread and even make your favourite jam. They also come with their own recipe books to help you get started, but if you require more recipes then click here for Sweet TnT 100 West Indian Recipes.
With that being said, you can take a look at our list of bread makers. The list moves from budget to high-end, state of the art brands. You can pick one that best suits your budget. Since you would be saving approximately $8,000 per year, I guess you can spoil yourself this one time.
Automatic bread maker
Wake up to the aroma of freshly baked bread with the Oster Express bake Bread Machine. Designed to make up to a 2 pound family sized loaf, this bread maker comes with its own tested recipes for ultimate perfection. The bread machine features multiple settings that offer ideal baking versatility and a Delay Bake timer that lets you set the baking time up to 13 hours in advance. An Express Bake cycle bakes delicious bread in under an hour. A large LCD display allows you to easily navigate the settings, and a clear window on the top lets you peek inside to see the bread as it bakes. For added convenience, this bread maker comes with a measuring cup, a spoon, and a kneading paddle. The sleek design with White/Ivory finish effortlessly matches any kitchen décor, making the Oster Express bake Bread Machine a great housewarming or wedding gift.
Become a master at made-from-scratch bread with minimal effort. The Hamilton Beach Home Baker 2 Lb Bread Maker machine lets you create fresh homemade breads and doughs without even having to roll up your sleeves to mix and knead. Just add the ingredients, select the cycle, and press start. With 12 programmed settings for a variety of breads and doughs, you can make everything from healthy whole grain and gluten free options to sweet, gooey cinnamon raisin buns. Customize your bread down to the size and shade with 2 loaf sizes and 3 crust shades.
Dash Everyday Bread Maker US$99.99
- ALL IN ONE: This Bread Maker streamlines the process of baking bread at home, kneading dough, timing the rise, and baking all in a single appliance! Plus, it’s equipped with a 13-hour delay start feature for fresh bread at any time.
- 12 PRE-PROGRAMMED MODES and DIGITAL DISPLAY: Twelve pre-programmed baking modes allow you to create an impressive range of breads with the push of a button, including French, Whole-Wheat, Ultra-Fast, Sweet, Gluten-Free, Artisan, Jam, Cake, and more!
- AUTOMATIC INGREDIENT DISPENSER: The automatic dispenser for fruits, nuts, and fillings gives you even more options for customization, while the clear top-view window lets you view the entire process.
- INCLUDES: Separate Kneading and Bake settings, so you can knead dough if you want to bake it in the oven or bake premade dough in the Bread Maker.
- Cuisinart-quality technology promises superior crust, color and texture.
- 12 preprogrammed menu options – fully automatic, easy to use.
- 3 crust shades – light, medium, or dark & bakes up to a 2-pound loaf.
- Vertical baking pan for counter-friendly compact design
- Lid with viewing window to monitor the process – interior light to check bread as it bakes.
KitchenAid Digital Countertop Oven US$149.99
Get the same possibilities as a full size oven, with quality results, in a convenient countertop size. KitchenAid brand brings full-size oven expertise to this digital countertop oven that fits more than you think. It includes a 9×13-inch baking pan and has 50% more capacity than a leading competitor – compared to Breville Mini Smart Oven BOV450XL. In addition, this countertop oven has 9 preset cooking functions + Frozen option, easy to read digital display and a non-stick interior for quick and easy clean every time.
KBS Pro Stainless Steel Bread Machine US$159.99
KBS Pro Stainless Steel Bread Machine, 2LB 17-in-1 Programmable XL Bread Maker with Fruit Nut Dispenser, Nonstick Ceramic Pan& Digital Touch Panel, 3 Loaf Sizes 3 Crust Colors, Reserve& Keep Warm Set. KBS MBF-010 Automatic Upgraded Bread Machine, Professional Bread maker with rich experience in the kitchen. A revolutionary heating element built into our KBS Breadmaker changes the way you can bake at home. With perfectly browned crust every time, anyone can be a master baker. Main Function: . 17 menus including Soft bread, Sweet bread, Natural sourdough, French bread, Whole wheat, Quick bread, Sugar-free, Multigrain, Milky loaf, Cake, Raw dough, Leaven dough, Jam, Bake, Yogurt, Gluten-free, Ferment, Rice wine, Stir-fry. . 3 Crust colors – light, medium, dark. . 3 Loaf sizes – 1.0/1.5/2.0 lb to bake a large traditional up to 2.2-pound loaf. . 15-hour programmable Delay Bake, 1-hour Keep Warm and 15-minute Power Interruption Recovery allow you to come home or wake to the savoriness of a freshly baked loaf. Product Advantages: . Non-stick Ceramic Pan: Healthier and dishwasher-safe; . Removable automatic dispenser: dispense fruit, nuts at the right time; . Lid and panel used tempered grass, more stylish and generous; . The entire housing with brushed and no-fingerprint treatment stainless steel; . Touch button, use more easily; . 710W AC motor, more stable, stronger and works longer; . With inner light, you can see all the process easily; . FDA approved, ETL listed mark. Bread-making Operation Steps: Simply add ingredients you love, select the cycle, and press start then the Bread Maker will take care of the baking. â‘ Material Readyâ†’ â‘¡Stirâ†’ â‘¢Raw Doughâ†’â‘£Fermentâ†’â‘¤Dispense nut/Fruitâ†’â‘¥Bakeâ†’ Bread completed Packing Specification: Dimensions: 13.7L x 8.6W x 11.8H Package: Bread Machine*1 Non-stick Ceramic Pan*1 Fruit Nut Dispenser*1 User Manual with Recipe Booklet*1 Metal Hook *1 Kneading Blade*1 Measuring Cup*1 Measuring Spoon*1
KitchenAid brand brings full-size oven expertise to this dual convection countertop oven that fits more than you think. Save time and bake 2 whole chickens* at a time. It also features a built-in temperature probe for more control during the cooking process, for perfect cooking results time after time. In addition, it features 12 preset cooking functions, an easy to read digital display, an interior light to check progress at any time without disrupting your dish, and a non-stick interior for quick and easy clean every time. The Dual Convect Bake setting allows you to cook up to 20% faster – compared to Bake setting; 3 lb chicken. *Based on 3.6 lbs weight.
The KitchenAid® Digital Countertop Oven with Air Fry was designed to offer endless healthy and fresh possibilities. With the No-Flip Air Fry Basket and 360° Air Fry System it’s easy to make everything from french fries to delicate fish and so much more. And, this countertop oven features the smallest footprint* and fits a 9×13-inch baking pan** to easily accommodate a sheet cake, full one-pan dinner, or up to 2 full size chickens (3.4 lbs each). The same possibilities as a full size oven with quality results in a convenient countertop size. *compared to leading countertop oven brands. **included.
The Custom Loaf™ gives you a host of baking options, lets you program your own homemade recipes, and even adds ingredients for you.
- The user-friendly LCD navigation screen with progress indicator gives you full control of the entire baking process with 13 automatic settings, 3 crust options, or 9 custom settings.
- Pause function allows you to hand shape decorative crusts, while the automatic fruit and nut dispenser releases ingredients at the kneading phase so they are evenly incorporated within the dough.
- Other highlights include a collapsible kneading paddle that thoroughly mixes ingredients, programmable 13-hour timer, weight/temperature conversion button, sound alert and viewing light.
- Holds loaf sizes up to 2.5 pounds and comes with a nonstick removable aluminium bowl, 46 baking recipes, plus 2 paddles for kneading and jam making.
- Measures 9.6″ L x 16.4″ W x 13.3″ H
- 40-ounce capacity.
- One-year warranty.
- Various healthy course settings include Multigrain, Whole Wheat, Rapid Whole Wheat, Gluten Free, Salt Free, Sugar Free and Vegan
- Double Kneading Blades thoroughly knead dough for superior results; Dual heaters on the bottom and lid of the bread maker promote even baking and browning
- Rapid courses allow you to bake a loaf of white or whole wheat bread in just 2 hours and 25 minutes
- Large, easy-to-read LCD display with convenient key code on lid simplifies course selection; RAPID SETTING: Use Rapid setting to have your loaf ready to eat in under two and a half hours
- Electrical Rating 120 volts / 700 watts.Cord Length:39 inch
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First published July 8th 2012
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