Unexpected Things You Can Make In a Bread Machine

How many times have you made last minute changes to your dinner plans because you didn’t have the kitchen appliance needed to prepare the meal?

That aside, what do you use your bread machine for – bread, we presume?

What if we told you that you could kill two or even ten birds with one stone?

Your bread machine is a sleeping beast that could not just save you money spent on purchasing kitchen appliances but also help you prepare exquisite meals cheaply? That you could finally make more than bread?

Bread machines do a lot, from stirring to heating and baking bread. However, you can’t eat bread alone every single day.

Nine Things You Can Make In a Bread Machine

Bowl Of Rice Made In A Bread Maker

Rice In a Bread Maker

Are you tired of burnt, overcooked and under cooked rice? If you are thinking of getting a rice machine but have a bread machine lying in the basement, reconsider your decision. A bread machine can prepare perfect rice as your stove-top or a rice cooker would.

The only catch is time – your rice will take a few more minutes to cook. But, what is time when you can prepare stew and make the best rice easily?

What You'll Need

  • Rice
  • Water
  • Salt
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    Butter (Optional)
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    Bread Maker

How to Make it

Just place them in the bread machine, set to bake for an hour and prepare your stew. So, if your bread machine has the bake only option, make your rice in this simple way.

Casserole Made In A Bread Maker

Casseroles​

Your bread machine can do almost everything your oven does. We all love casseroles. If you are looking for a simpler way of making a casserole, pull your bread machine out of the basement, dust it up and fire it up.

Well, before firing it up, remove the paddles then grease the inside gently with a non-stick vegetable oil.

Have your ingredients ready then layer your sauce and add your cooked pasta in the bread machine bucket.

Top it up with breadcrumbs or cheese and set the machine to bake for about 45 minutes.

Jam Made In A Bread Machine on A Slice Of Bread

Jam

How much money do you spend buying jam every month? Like you, most of us love jam, and most of our meals are incomplete without jam.

So, if you have been thinking of getting a new bread machine, you may want to buy the one with a jam setting.

Alternatively, if you have a bread machine sitting somewhere neglected, you may want to bring it back to life and look for the jam setting.

Bread machines are handy when it comes to making jams. The best part is that it will take about one and a half hours.

So, to get the jam making going here is a simple recipe to make that tasty strawberry jam:

What You'll Need

  • Strawberries
  • Lemon Juice
  • Granulated Sugar
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    Pectin (Optional) 
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    Bread Maker With Jam Setting

How to Make it

  • 1
    Cut the strawberries in half. Then, mash them gently using a fork or a potato masher.
  • 2
    Place the mashed strawberries in the bread machine, add sugar lemon juice and the pectin (optional) then select the jam setting.
  • 3
    The bread machine will indicate when the cycle ends. After the end of the circle, transfer the jam into an immersion blender, pulse, put in jars, and let the jam cool.
  • 4
    Once cold, put the jam in the fridge. Don’t worry about thickening; the jam will thicken in the fridge.
Apple Butter Made In A Bread Maker

Fruit and Vegetable Butter

Thanks to the enclosed design of a bread machine and the fact that it cooks slowly and steadily, a bread machine is one of the most important kitchen gadgets.

Also, if you are a lazy cook or just lack the patience to sit around a cooker, then you may want to get a bread machine.

With its slow cooking from the steady heat and the enclosed design which help develop the sugars in fruits, you can make yummy apple butter and any other butter.

What You'll Need

  • Apples
  • Water
  • Nutmeg
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    Cloves
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    Cloves
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    Cinnamon
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    Sugar
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    Apple Cider Vinegar
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    Bread Machine

How to Make it

  • 1
    To make apple butter, place your chopped apples with the skin, seeds and the stem into the bread machine’s bucket.
  • 2
    Onto the apples, add the rest of the ingredients.
  • 3
    Set the machine to cook on low heat for about an hour.
  • 4
    Once cooked, run the mixture through a food processor or a food mill to make a smooth blend.
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    When smooth, pour the fruit soup into the bread machine and let it cook for about 90 minutes.
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    Alternatively, you may let it cook until the fruit soup attains a thick butterscotch consistency.

With a bread machine, you will never have to buy vegetable butter. At the same time, you can make other types of butter using different fruits and vegetables.

Putting Cake Ingredients Into Bread Machine

Cake In a Bread Maker

The cost of living keeps rising, and it doesn’t make sense buying expensive cakes when you have a bread machine at home. With a bread maker, you can make cakes every weekend. 

What You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
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    Baking Powder
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    Salt
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    Vanilla
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    Oil
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    Bread Machine

How to Make it

  • 1
    Put the above ingredients into the bread machine's baking pan.
  • 2
    On the crust setting, choose medium or regular. If your bread machine has a cake menu setting, use it.
  • 3
    Press start and get going.

NOTE: You should keep an eye on your cake as it bakes. Your settings may be a little off, and you don’t want a cake that isn’t moist and springy.

Scrambled Eggs Made In A Bread Maker

Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs

You didn’t think you could ever make scrambled eggs in a bread machine, did you? You are not alone, it took my adventurous spirit to make the discovery, and they turned our great!

We can, therefore, say that scrambled eggs are on the list of the things you can make in a bread machine. And, it turns out that it is pretty easy to make them. 

How to Make it

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    Whisk the eggs (a big number of eggs is preferable) with some melted butter, milk, salt, and pepper.
  • 2
    Grease the bread machine lightly using a nonstick vegetable spray and pour the egg mixture.
  • 3
    Press the jam setting and let the eggs cook!
Tomato Sauce Made In A Bread Maker

Homemade Tomato Sauce

We can bet on the fact that you have never thought that you could use your bread machine to make tomato sauce because, just like you, many other people are unaware of this fact.

The best part about making tomato sauce at home is that you can add your favorite ingredients while omitting the ingredients you don't like. You can finally use fresh garlic rather than the powder, and you can add any herb of your choice.

The recipe is really simple. To get started, go to the farmers market and scoop the slightly bruised tomatoes whose prices are marked down.

What You'll Need

  • Crushed Tomatoes 
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil
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    Chopped Yellow Onions
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    Pepper
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    Minced Garlic
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    Red Wine (Optional)
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    Bread Machine With Jam Setting

How to Make it

  • 1
    Put all the above ingredients in the machine.
  • 2
    Set the machine to ‘jam’ setting and let it run for about an hour. The best part is that the paddles will mix up the ingredients.

The only downside to this recipe for making homemade tomato sauce is the fact that the paste may be too thin. You may, therefore, want to add some tomato paste to make it thicker.

Turkey Meatloaf Made In A Bread Maker

Meatloaf

When the meatloaf craving hits, it hits hard. Rather than going out to the restaurant for a less than average meatloaf, just make one at home.

How? Well, meatloaf is one of those things you can make in a bread machine.

NOTE: You’ll have to remove the paddle and also use the quick bread cycle to make meatloaf.

What You'll Need

  • Ground Sirloin 
  • Chopped Onions
  • Sliced Mushrooms
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    Garlic Powder
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    Chopped Parsely
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    Bread Crumbs
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    Beaten Eggs
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    Salt
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How to Make it

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    Combine all your ingredients in a bowl and mix them up.
  • 2
    Once mixed put them in the bread machine and let it cook under the quick cycle.
Potato Soup Made In A Bread Machine

Homemade Soups

You can make absolutely any soup using a bread machine. With the paddles in the bread machine, just toss in the ingredients of your soup.

Set the soup on the jam setting or regular setting and let it cook slowly.

Slow cooking covered will make sure that your soup retains all its flavors.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, a list of nine foods you can make using a bread machine. The name can be confusing, in the same way, a rice cooker is but as it turns out, this cooking gadget can save you a lot of money otherwise spent buying other kitchen appliances.

A bread machine’s slow and steady cooking in an enclosed space makes it possible for you to cook meals that would require an oven. The timed cooking also prevents burning, and you are sure that the food wouldn’t come out under-cooked.

Besides these new things, you should utilize your bread machine to try out different recipes for bread. There are hundreds of unique bread and bun recipes you haven’t tried. Here is what you should do – bring back to life that bread machine sitting in the basement. Or if you don't already own a bread machine, you should definitely buy a new bread maker

I don’t know about you, but these meals make me wonder, what are the other things you can make in a bread machine... let us know in the comments below what you make in your bread maker!

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