Making bread by hand is a task that requires much effort and time. Lucky for you, we’re now living after the 1800s and automated bread machines now exist to make the process easier. Today, you don’t have to hire a number of workers and work for several hours before you can taste bread; all you have to do is to stay at home and bake alone with a bread machine! Truly, the inventor made bread making faster and convenient! And who do we thank for that? His name is Joseph Lee.
Lee was born in 1848. Like other famous inventors, he wasn’t able to perfect the automated bread machine in one try. First, he invented the bread machine that could only crumble bread that’s a day old. That made old bread useful in other recipes, instead of just being thrown out. He sold his first design and made the bread machine similar to what we have now in our kitchens. Using the money he earned for selling the first design, he made the previous one better by requiring only one or two men to make it work instead of six. It could now mix the dough and knead the bread as well, allowing the bakers to concentrate more on the formation and baking of bread. Because of his genius invention, he was able to revolutionize bread making.
Bakers then started using bread machines to produce more bread. By 1950s, almost all bakeries used bread machines. However, the handy machines weren’t accessible to home chefs until 1986. Since then, scores of households started owning the appliance and manufacturers have been improving the machine for both professional bakers and home chefs.
Thanks to Panasonic, which was called Matsushita Electric Industrial Company back then, bread machines could now make a loaf of bread. This Japanese company triggered other manufacturers to produce similar versions of the bread machine as well. With the new invention, a cook just needs to measure and put all the proper ingredients into the pan of the machine and allow the machine to take over and finish what the cook started. At the end of the selected cycle, a delicious loaf bread will come out with an aroma so enticing.
The appliance is perfect for those who don’t have time to create the dough. They need only to keep the ideal temperature for optimal rising and put the ingredients in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
Bread machines today have improved a lot. Before, they would produce odd-looking bread, but now the loaves look classic and better. They also allow you to make various types of bread and add fruits and nuts to your recipes. Because of bread machines, you can consume healthier bread with the absence of preservatives unlike commercial breads. Plus, with an easily accessible bread machine, you can make your own recipes from the comfort of your own home! But remember, all these new versions of the appliance are just great, great grandchildren of Joseph Lee’s invention. Don’t forget to thank him the next time you make bread!