The More You Use Your Bread Machine the More You’ll Appreciate Some of These Fundamental Accessories:
1. Bread Slicers
A bread slicer is a series of vertical grooves that guide a bread knife to create even slices. They’re ideal for sandwich making and allow you to get the maximum number of slices from every loaf.
Here are a few popular options, among many other Bread Slicers at Amazon.com.
Purenjoy Bamboo Wood Foldable Bread Slicer
12.5 x 8.5 x 1.6 inches. Folds flat. Bamboo pallet can be removed as a tray. Slots allow for precise, uniform cuts. Easy to clean.
2. Bread Cutting Boards
Any board will go but there are bread board designs with slotted grooves that catch the breadcrumbs and firmly grip the bread while slicing.
Here are a few popular options, among many other Bread Cutting Boards at Amazon.com.
Wood Bread Board and Crumb Catcher
By Acacia Kitchens. 12 x 6 x 1 inch. Made from Acacia wood. Grooves catch breadcrumbs.
3. Bread Slicing Knives
Bread knives are long, serrated and have a uniform size along the length of the blade. The length allows you to cut any size loaf of bread and the serration cuts through even the softest and most delicate breads with gentle pressure and a sawing motion.
Here are a few popular options, among many other Bread Slicing Knives at Amazon.com.
PAUDIN Ultra Sharp Serrated Knife
8-inch, German high carbon stainless steel. Very sharp serrated blade. Pakkawood handle. Ergonomically designed.
4. Bread Storage Boxes
Bread storage containers are vented to prevent the rapid appearance of mold and also allow you to keep your bread on the countertop, so your family doesn’t forget there’s fresh baked bread in the house.
Here are a few popular options, among many other Bread Storage Boxes at Amazon.com.
LAURA’S GREEN KITCHEN Large Bread Box
12.2 x 6.8 x 15.8 inches. Designed to retain enough moisture to keep most breads fresh up to 3 or 4 days. Can hold up to 2 large loaves of bread. Clear plexiglass window keeps fresh bread top of mind and not forgotten. Also allows you to view contents without opening and releasing moisture. Made of bamboo.
5. Digital Baking Scale
Professional bakeries don’t use cups and spoons as measures. All of their recipes are measured by weight in grams. The advantage is that certain factors like humidity and the granularity of some flours can make even a leveled measuring cup inaccurate from one day to another. If you want to bake like the pros and guarantee a great result every time, consider a digital baking scale to weigh and measure your ingredients. We have an article on the website to help you convert cups and spoons to grams.
Here are a few popular options, among many other Digital Baking Scales at Amazon.com.
Etekcity Food Digital Kitchen Scale
LCD digital display. Weighs up to 11 pounds (5kg). Graduation from .04 ounces (1 gram) with a minimum weight recommendation of 3g-5g. Measures in ounces, grams, milliliters and pounds including water and milk volume measurement nodes. Stainless-steel. Backlit display and low battery indication. 2 AAA batteries included.
Escali Primo P115CH Precision Kitchen Food Scale
LCD digital display. Multiple colors available. 2-button programming. Measures 8 x 6 x 1.25 inches. Runs on 2 AA batteries.
6. Measuring Cups and Spoons
You don’t really have to weigh your baking ingredients. Measuring cups and spoons do a fine job, but precise measures are critical. That’s why there are dedicated measuring cups for both liquids and solids. The liquid cups are usually transparent and have the measures marked in fractions.
The dry measure cups are usually made from an opaque material and have flat tops. The flat surface is to allow you to drag the back of a knife over the edge to get exactly the measure that the cup indicates on its handle. Measuring spoons also have a flat top and also have the size of the spoon marked on the handle.
Here are a few popular options, among many other Measuring Cups and Spoons at Amazon.com.
Measuring Cups and Spoons – Combo Set
Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons. Stackable, Dishwasher Safe, Engraved Markings, Easy Read for Cooking/Baking, Metric Measurement, Heavy Duty, Dry or Liquid $27.99
FDA certified 18/8 measuring set has a total of 12 pieces set. Cup measurements are 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 1 cup (6 pieces) and spoon measurements are 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 tsp, 1 tablespoon (6 pieces). They are stackable and nest within each other for compact space saving storage. All in one complete set for both cooking and baking.
11 Piece Measuring Spoons Cups Set
Engraved marking written in both metric and metric size markings on the handles. The spoons are designed with round-shaped spoon heads to fit most containers, for dry and liquid ingredient, long handles double as levelers
Includes 11 measuring sizes 1/8 tsp 1/4 tsp 1/2 tsp 1 tsp 1/2 Tbsp 1Tbsp 1/8 cup 1/4 cup 1/3 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup.
Pyrex Measuring Cups
Set Includes 3 cups fir 1 Cup, 2 Cup, and 4 Cup Capacities and increments.Tempered glass. Easy-to-read measurement marks. Dishwasher and microwave safe. $17.99Many recipes have a glazing step. Sometimes its to glaze dough before baking to give it a golden finish. Other times, a glaze is used to ice a pastry or coat everything from pretzels to pizza crusts with olive oil or water. Fortunately, there are brushed made specifically for that purpose and you should always have them on hand if you do a lot of baking.
Set of 2 Pastry Brushes
1-Inch and 1 1/2 -Inch Width Pastry Brushes with Boar Bristles and Lacquered Hardwood Handles.
For coating breads and pastries with egg wash, butter, or water in an even manner. Includes 2 brushes with bristles made of boar hair for resistance to temperatures up to 500 degrees F and are water resistant, durable and highly capable of retaining the fluid in them.
8. Flour Canisters
I bake with a variety of flours. Bread flour, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, corn flour, gluten free flours, the list goes on. But few of us bake with every flour every day. That means that many flours sit in the pantry in open and folded flour bags. And sometimes sit and sit and sit. A good way to keep your flours safe from moisture or worse, invasive kitchen moths and grubs, is to store any flour in an air-tight canister. Some are designed to look good on the counter while others are designed for the pantry. That’s up to you but a flour cannister is a good idea.
Here are a few popular options, among many other Flour Canisters at Amazon.com.
Airtight Canisters Sets for the Kitchen
Good for the Kitchen Counter, 4 Medium 64 fl. oz. Food Storage Containers by SilverOnyx. 4 Pieces
18/10 stainless steel canisters set with a modern look. Acrylic lids that are heat and shatter resistant with silicone gaskets for an airtight seal. Many foods like flour are negatively affected by exposure to air, humidity, light and heat. Hinged, clamp-top lids with silicone rubber gasket help to protect the contents and ensure they remain fresh.
DWËLLZA Airtight Food Storage Containers
Each Canister can hold 4 pounds of flour – 4 Pc Set All Same Size – Clear Plastic BPA-Free
Air-tight containers that are all the same large size. Each one has a 2-liter capacity (which is a half-gallon/8.4 cups), measures 7.6” L x 5.2” W x 6.25” H, especially designed short and wide which enables you to easily fit into small shelves, refrigerator, freezer or cupboard. Keep everything fresh with easy to use airtight lid-lock mechanism. Create an airtight seal by pushing down the ring on the lid. Lift the ring and push up whenever you want to open.
9. Baking Pan Options
Baking pans will wear out over time. Especially if you bake a lot of bread. There are a few common things that cause a baking pan to need replacing.
- The kneading paddle scrapes off the non-stick coating at the bottom of the pain after repeated use.
- The ball bearings around the spindle in the base of the pan get clogged or simply wear out.
- The pan is dropped and dented and won’t seat back into the bread machine properly.
Some bread machines that bake a 2-pound horizontal loaf give you the option to bake two 1-pound loaves at the same time with a split bread pan. Zojirushi machines are known for their horizontal pans and they offer the double 1-pound pan as well.
Your manufacturer’s instruction book will identify the make and model of your machine and you can order a replacement on Amazon.com.
10. Bread Machine Kneading Paddles
This is less of an accessory as much as it’s a necessity. It is surprisingly easy to lose the kneading paddle from your bread machine.
The most common occurrence is when the paddle gets stuck into the bottom of the loaf and comes out when you remove the baked bread. Depending on how you slice it, you may never notice that the paddle is stuck in the bread. If you never get around to striking the paddle with your bread knife, you may throw a half-eaten loaf away and goodbye kneading paddle.
It’s probably a good idea to always have one on hand. Here again, your manufacturer’s instruction book will have the make and model number of your machine so you can order a replacement on Amazon. They’re not terribly expensive and it’s smart to have a spare on hand. Just remember where you stored it. I have my extra paddles taped to the back of my bread machines.