I was looking over my previous blog posts and realized I have been dealing with A LOT of cratering issues. I have tried changing the order of ingredients into my machine, the placement of the machine in my house, the freshness of ingredients in the machine, even tried changing up some of the ingredient amounts. What I haven’t tried is . . . a new machine.
Being without much money, I knew I couldn’t afford to buy a new bread machine, but someone locally posted that they had a “gently used” Zojirushi they were selling for $30.00. I figured I wouldn’t be out too much money if it didn’t work.
The sky has cleared and the birds are singing. I have done 3 test loaves with this machine (just for my own use, not for the blog) and each has been perfectly lovely, with a tall, rounded top and beautiful crust. Hooray. I am now ready to get back on track with this blog.
The Zojirushi also has some features that my Oster doesn’t. There are “Jam” and “Cake” settings. To attempt the jam and quick-bread recipes before, I had to wait until I was visiting my parents so I could use mom’s machine.
I will definitely keep my Oster around as a back up, but I feel better using the ZO at this point.
When I finish up the loaf I baked yesterday (Basil White Bread), I will get baking for my blog again.