What are the bread maker’s important safeguards?

What are the bread maker's important safeguards?

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While these precautions may seem tedious, there are important safeguards that should be considered in utilizing a bread maker that can help prevent accidents and keep everyone safe. It is essential to take the necessary steps to ensure that you and your loved ones remain safe while using kitchen appliances, as they can pose significant risks if not handled properly. For instance, the bread maker should never be left unsupervised while in use, especially if children or incapacitated individuals are present. Additionally, it is recommended that you regularly check the power supply and plug of the machine to ensure there are no signs of frayed wires or potential short circuits. 

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Advice for what you should and shouldn't do

Here are some important rules to follow when using a bread machine:
– Make sure nothing heavy is on the power cord; don’t put it where people could trip over it.
– Keep the cord away from hot surfaces, and don’t leave it hanging off tables or resting on unsteady surfaces.
– Use oven mitts if something inside the machine is still hot.
– Don’t touch the power cord with wet hands.
– Don’t put the machine or any plugs in water.
– Don’t connect it when it’s wet.
– If the cord is damaged, take it to a repair place.
– Don’t use anything extra with the machine, only what the manufacturer suggests.
– Don’t use it outside or for commercial purposes.
– Don’t put the machine by a hot stove or block openings.
– Lastly, don’t try to take it apart or repair it yourself.

To clean your bread machine, turn it off and unplug it from the wall. Do this by pressing the “STOP” button and pulling the plug from the outlet. Never pull on the cord.
Wait for the metal parts to cool down before cleaning.
Also, wait for the bread machine to cool down completely before removing or putting in any parts.

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Electrical power

If you use too many appliances, your bread machine might not work well. To avoid this, use a different electrical outlet for the bread machine. Ensure the bread machine’s voltage matches the voltage of the outlet it is plugged into.

Can you use extension cords?

A short power-supply cord has been provided to avoid accidents caused by long cables. You can buy longer cords from hardware stores, but be careful when using them. Don’t let the cord hang over counters or tables where it could be pulled or tripped. If your appliance needs a 3-wire grounded cord, ensure the extension cord you buy is the grounding-type 3-wire cord.

Make sure to safely put the bread machine cord away so kids can’t tug on it.

Power outage

Your bread maker will remember what it was doing if the power goes out for less than five minutes. Once the power comes back on, the bread maker will start where it left off. But the screen will go blank if the power goes out while using the bread maker.

Also, check “How can you save the bread if you have a power outage or the machine is unplugged by mistake for longer than 5 minutes during use

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Periodically oil your bread pan spindle (rotating/kneading shaft) bearings

To make your bread machine work better and last longer, oil the bread spindle shaft on the underside of the bread pan. You should do this once every six months or more often if you bake a lot or hear strange noises from your machine. If you only use your machine to make dough, once a year is enough. Lubricating the spindle helps it move freely, kill rust, and make the machine run quieter. Only use 3-in-1 or sewing machine oil because other types can damage the machine. Do not add oil to the pan’s inside or internal spindle. Just a few drops on the outer shaft under the pan. Always read the oil container warnings since they can be poisonous, and wash your hands after handling the oil.

Do NOT use cooking oil, mineral oil or WD-40-type products. The cooking oil gets gummy; the mineral oil can cause rust and damage the rubber seals; WD-40 and other such products are lacquer based and become hard when exposed to heat. They are also poisonous. So, please use the 3-in-1 or sewing machine oil and don’t go overboard; only apply it to the exterior shaft on the bread pan’s underside.

Oiling your pan

First, flip your pan over to see the parts. There’s a kneading shaft, a wingnut doohickey, and a doohickey-retaining clip. Put a drop or two of oil between the shaft and the ring. Turn the wingnut a few times to spread the oil. Do it again.

To avoid any rust or damage to your pan, always make sure to keep the bottom dry.

kneading shaft

Hopefully, these safeguards tips for your bread machine have been helpful. Remember that prevention is better than cure, so give your bread machine the Tender, Loving Care it needs, and your household will enjoy delicious bread for years to come!

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This article is part of “How to bake awesome bread

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