There is no clear explanation for why most break machine manufacturers do not include the care and maintenance tips in their manuals. For one, it can be helpful and even help the buyers of these machines handle their machines better. You may have the best bread maker in your kitchen that seems to bake the best bread ever! But if you do not care and properly maintain your machine, then it may not serve you for much longer than it is meant to. This article aims to provide you with some basic care and maintenance tips you should employ to your bread machine to have it working for much longer.
The best bread makers stay up and running for years. Practicing maintenance and cleaning features like oiling and cleaning your bread maker blades is very important. These practices will help kill and rust which may form on the blades over time. Your machine will also run much smoother and quieter if you apply these maintenance tips.
Bread makers are subjected to a lot of humidity when baking. Then the extremely high temperatures when the unit is baking can all take a toll on the shafts and lubes that were put by the manufacturer. It is, therefore, up to you, the buyer and user of the machine, to watch out for these issues.
It is crucial that you unplug your unit before cleaning it to prevent electrical shock. You should also allow the bread maker to cool down before cleaning it. never immerse the unit in any liquid as this may damage it.
Most users of the bread makers who have used their machines without issues for years say that they care for and do regular maintenance for their machines at least every six months. This duration can be shorter if you do a lot of baking. However, if you only use the machine for making dough, then you can maintain it at least once a year.
Oil is a natural lubricant that ensures the bread maker parts run smoothly and quietly. Never use cooking oil or mineral oil. Even the WD-40 type products are no good when used in bread makers. Cooking oil, for instance, gets gummy and sticky and can do more damage than good when used. Mineral oil can cause the bread maker parts to rust and even damage the rubber seals when used so they are also a no-no. the WD-40 and other similar products become hard when they are exposed to heat due to their lacquer nature. They are also poisonous and can cause more health-related problems when used.
Instead, you should use sewing machine oil or the 3-in-1oil. You also want to be careful not to use too much of these oils. Only apply then if necessary and where indicated.
You also want to be careful when applying the sewing machine or 3-in-1 oils. Read and heed all the warnings before applying them. Most of these oils are poisonous and must, therefore, only be used on the outside of the pan. Afterward, ensure you thoroughly wash your hands to remove any traces of the oil.