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Thai Cold Brew Coffee In The USA – Native Jack Thai Coffee Review

Last updated: October 20th, 2019 I recently had the pleasure of trying some amazing Thai cold brew coffee that’s available right here in the USA.

This is my Native Jack Thai Coffee review to help you decide if this different and delicious style of coffee is right for you…

Thai Cold Brew Coffee In The USA: Native Jack Thai Coffee Review

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Here’s what you’ll find in this special review of Native Jack Nitro Hemp Thai Coffee:

  • Details about the taste of Native Jack
  • The magic of having pure hemp plant oil infused in Native Jack coffee
  • Nutrition information and caffeine content
  • Company branding and style

Just keep reading to get all the details about the only Thai style cold brew coffee that I’ve been able to find in a can right here in the USA.

The Native Jack Thai-Colorado flavor

Native Jack Thai Coffee Review Cup

Let’s kick off this review by breaking down what Native Jack tastes like.

To put it simply, I’ll just say that Native Jack is different and delicious.

Here’s what I taste when I sip a fresh pour of Native Jack:

  • Light almond flavor
  • Cardamom
  • Delicious coffee
  • Light sweetness
  • Smooth taste

Native Jack is flavorful with just the right amount of sweetness. I strongly believe the high-quality ingredients have a lot to do with this (I cover Native Jack’s ingredients in a section below).

I also love that Native Jack uses sweetened condensed milk for their coffee in traditional Thai fashion.

The blend of quality ingredients, organic coffee, just-enough sweetness and CBD oil make for a truly tasty and healthy beverage.

Pure CBD oil infused in Thai Coffee?

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One of Native Jack’s most attractive benefits is that they infuse their Thai-style cold brew coffee with pure grade CBD hemp oil.

In case you aren’t aware, cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the non-psychoactive oils that can be extracted from the cannabis plant. There’s a lot of growing research that shows just how beneficial CBD oil can be for your health.

For example, taking high-quality CBD oil can make you feel more calm and alert, and help you fight inflammation.

There’s also evidence indicating that CBD oil can fight symptoms of mental illnesses like anxiety, and ward off oxidative damage caused by stress.

The only tricky thing about CBD oil is that some people show concern about the possibility of ingesting CBD oil that’s been extracted from cannabis plants that have been sprayed with pesticides and fertilizers.

However, Native Jack took the initiative to completely ease people’s concerns about the purity of CBD oil in their product.

Native Jack’s CBD oil is extracted from high-quality European hemp using a process that’s entirely free of chemicals and solvents. In fact, Native Jack’s CBD oil is organic – just as their coffee is.

I felt comfortable drinking Native Jack knowing that its CBD oil is just as pure as the rest of its ingredients.

Nutrition information and caffeine content

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For a cold brew coffee, I’d say that Native Jack is just about as healthy as it gets.

I can’t think of another brand of coffee that contains 10 grams of protein, organic cardomom extract, almond extract and hemp plant oil extract.

Then, you have the actual health benefits of drinking organic coffee, too.

Coffee is an amazing plant that’s loaded with health benefits in general. But, many people still don’t realize that traditional coffee is one of the most chemically adulterated products around.

That’s why it’s usually best to stick with drinking organic coffee, like Native Jack. Organic coffee is as pure as it gets.

Native Jack ultimately strives to deliver an all-around nutritious cold brew coffee, and they manage to execute well.

As for Native Jack’s caffeine content – I think it’s right on the mark.

200mg of caffeine per can is a solid amount of caffeine that will keep you buzzing for at least a few hours. Native Jack tastes like a light and smooth cold brew coffee, but it packs a powerful punch of caffeine (which I like).

Company branding and style

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Native Jack labels their product as “Nitro Hemp Thai Coffee.”

It’s safe to say this product angle really grabs your attention.

Some would argue that there’s too much going on with Native Jack’s product as a whole. But, I beg to differ.

I actually believe there’s way too much of the same old sugary flavor combinations and styling in the coffee industry as a whole.

Native Jack is finally shaking up the coffee industry with something that’s refreshing in every possible way.

It’s Thai-style cold brew coffee with pure hemp plant oil added to it.

The combination of caffeine with hemp plant oil gives you an upbeat and relaxing kick that’s more synergistic than anything else.

To me, the company branding, choice of ingredients and overall style just makes sense.

Conclusion

I’m sure you’re already aware, but I have to highly-recommend Native Jack Nitro Hemp Thai Coffee.

  • It’s delicious, different, and has an excellent nutritional profile as far as coffee goes
  • It gives you an energetic and calming buzz that feels synergestic
  • It’s a niche brand of Thai cold brew coffee that’s made in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado

What’s not to love about Native Jack?

If you give Native Jack a try, I’m sure that you’ll really enjoy it too.

Best Automatic Milk Frother – Capresso Froth PRO Automatic Milk Frother Review (2020 Update)

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Updated on: October 20th, 2019 I’ve used a Capresso Froth PRO Automatic Milk Frother for over three years. Yes, I said three years. That’s why today’s article is the real deal.

If you’re in search of a complete beast of a milk frother, just keep reading for my Capresso Froth PRO Automatic Milk Frother review.

Why use an automatic milk frother?

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I get it. Frothing milk is a completely unnecessary first-world luxury. But it’s also delicious. And, you can make some amazing drinks with an automatic milk frother. Here are some things that I regularly do with my Capresso Froth Pro:

  • Heat up whole milk for cappuccinos
  • Froth milk for making cafe lattes
  • Make gourmet coffee and hot cocoa
  • Lightly warm some milk for drinking before bedtime so that I can help my body release melatonin naturally (not to sound like a two year old – but it works)
  • Froth cold milk for making thick chocolate milk

If you regularly drink warm, hot, or even cold frothed milk – then using an automatic milk frother can make your life a whole lot easier.

Should you buy the Capresso Froth PRO?

I’ve owned the Capresso Froth Pro for over three years now (as I mentioned above).

This means that the Capresso Froth Pro has been an extremely reliable and budget-friendly milk frother.

In fact, it’s pretty rare that a kitchen device lasts for over a year or two.

But, this thing continues to work well to this day. It’s like a workhorse. I can make a mean cappuccino or hot cocoa with my Capresso any time I want.

My Froth Pro might not look all that good anymore (it’s getting a little old). But, it still works extremely well. And it’s very reliable. For that reason, I do recommend the Capresso Froth Pro, and believe that you’ll be happy with yours too.

Other great milk frothers (Capresso Froth PRO alternatives)

Capresso Froth PRO Automatic Milk Frother Review Capresso vs. Kuissential vs. Gourmia Comparison

Don’t worry – my ego isn’t going to force me to say that the Capresso Froth Pro is the best automatic milk frother.

I’m actually willing to bet that there are some milk frothers that beat the Capresso Froth Pro in certain areas.

Let’s take a look at two additional appliances that can also be considered elite automatic milk frothers:

Now, let’s see how these competing milk frothers stack up against the Froth Pro…

Capresso Froth PRO vs. Kuissential Deluxe Automatic Milk Frother and Wamer

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The Kuissential Deluxe Automatic Milk Frother and Warmer is a cost-effective milk frother that makes hot and cold froth.

It also has a stainless steel exterior that looks really nice in your kitchen.

Plus, the Kuissential Deluxe comes with a detachable base, and has a strong two-year guarantee for peace of mind (this is always great).

Overall, it’s a great frother…

If you’re looking for a mix of stylish modern appearance and value, then you’ll probably want to go with the Kuissential Deluxe Automatic Milk Frother over the Capresso Froth Pro.

But, if you want a milk frother from a brand with a longer-standing history, keep in mind the Capresso Froth Pro is generally a more popular product than the Kuissential Deluxe.

Capresso Froth PRO vs. Gourmia GMF225 Cordless Electric Milk Frother & Heater

Capresso Froth PRO Automatic Milk Frother Review Capresso vs. Gourmia

The Gourmia GMF225 Cordless Electric Milk Frother & Heater is one of the most modern, simple and useful milk frothers that I’ve seen.

I love that the Gourmia looks extremely clean, and only has two buttons for making hot or cold milk froth.

The Gourmia GM5225 also comes with a detachable base, includes some nice drink recipes, and makes it easy for you to make all of your favorite frothy drinks.

This is an excellent “value product”, so it’s another strong milk frother for you to consider.

My only issue with the Gourmia GMF225 is that the Gourmia company doesn’t have a very long-standing history. There are still relatively few opinions on the Gourmia GMF225. But, the few reviews which the Gourmia has are absolutely glowing.

I think this product is extremely promising, but needs a bit more time for long-term testing.

Capresso Froth PRO Automatic Milk Frother Review Conclusion

Overall, I hope that my review of the Capresso Froth PRO and its competitors has been useful to you.

At the end of the day, if you want consistence and reliability in a milk steamer, I think you should go with the Capresso Froth Pro Automatic Milk Frother (my personal kitchen appliance of choice).

However, if you need a cost-effective milk frother that works equally as well as the Capresso, the Kuissential Deluxe Automatic Milk Frother and Warmer is another exceptional choice.

The Gourmia GM225 appears to be excellent too, but is still too new of a product for me to comment on long-term reliability and consistency.

Whether you decide to go with the Capressso, Kuissential, or Gourmia – I’m convinced that you’ll be happy with your new automatic milk frother.

Many frothy, delicious beverages await you.

How To Slice Bread Thin – 3 Best Bread Knives Review (2020 Update)

Last updated: October 20th, 2019 Ever since purchasing my HomeBaker bread machine, I’ve been practicing the art of how to slice bread thin. And, because I eat plenty of sandwiches every week, I actually prefer to make razor-thin bread slices.

This article takes you through every step that I use to get thin slices of bread, and it also reveals the best bread knife options that you must use to slice your bread.

How To Slice Bread Thin for Delicious Sandwiches, Snacks and Appetizers

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Step 1. Invest in one of the top 3 best kitchen knives

Perhaps the most important step of slicing bread razor-thin involves making sure that you have a great bread knife.

I’m going to lay out the top three bread knife options for you right here.

Victorinox Serrated Bread Knife

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The Victorinox Serrated Bread Knife is a world-class bread knife at a very reasonable price.

If you’re interested in baking a lot of bread at home, and you enjoy the quality of a Swiss-made knife, then a Victorinox Bread Knife is probably the right choice for you.

As you most likely already know, Victorinox is a top name in the knife industry. So, you can trust that this is a quality bread knife.

Knife highlights:

  • High-quality Swiss blade
  • Value-priced
  • Reliable for slicing bread extremely thin

Hamilton Beach Carve n’ Set Electric Knife with Storage Case

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The Hamilton Beach Carve n’ Set Electric Knife with Storage Case is a good electric knife for slicing bread with minimal effort.

I love that the Hamilton Beach Carve n’ Set is an all-purpose carving knife. So in addition to using this tool for slicing bread thinly, you’ll also be able to use it to cut whole meats into thin slices as well.

Knife highlights:

  • Electric knife for slicing bread
  • Requires minimal effort
  • Can be used for slicing other foods beyond just bread
  • Value-priced

KitchenAid Classic Serrated Bread Knife (German Steel)

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The KitchenAid Classic Serrated Bread Knife (German Steel) is a budget-priced and effective bread knife. This is the bread knife that I currently use. It works well, feels like a sturdy blade, and simply gets the job done for a minimal investment.

Knife highlights:

  • Budget-priced bread knife
  • German steel blade feels sharp and sturdy

Step 2. Bake a loaf of bread that has a strong structure

How To Slice Bread Thin Bake Your Bread

After investing in a high-quality bread knife, you’ll be ready to make some bread (I prefer using the HomeBaker).

And, yes – the type of bread that you bake plays a large role in how easy it is to slice your bread.

If you are OK with eating gluten, then it might actually be a good idea to have some gluten content in your bread.

Gluten helps bread develop a stronger structure, and makes it easier to slice. So, if you use regular bread flour to bake your bread, then you’ll be totally OK.

However, if you need to cut gluten-free bread into thin slices, just make sure that you use a good gluten free replacement ingredient like flax or chia seeds. By strengthening the structure of your loaf of bread, you will make it easier to slice the loaf into thin pieces.

Step 3. Let your loaf of bread cool for a while

How To Slice Bread Thin Let It Cool

This is another extremely important step in the bread-cutting process.

You have to let your bread cool down before you slice it.

I know it’s tempting to cut off a hot slice of bread as soon as it’s done baking.

To be totally honest, I sometimes give in to this temptation.

But, keep in mind that it’s going to be extremely difficult to get a thin slice of bread if you cut into while it’s still hot. In fact, you might even ruin part of your loaf if you decide to slice it while it’s still warm.

Bread is soft and mushy when it’s finished baking, so it won’t be ready for slicing until it’s had time to completely cool down.

I usually give fresh loaves at least 30 minutes to cool down before I slice them.

The painful waiting process is going to be worth it. I promise!

Step 4. Slice your bread using your extra-sharp serrated knife of choice

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Once your bread has cooled, it’s time to cut your loaf into thin slices.

As long as you have a good bread knife, this part really shouldn’t be all that difficult at all.

There are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re slicing bread.

Step 5. Practice the proper bread-slicing technique

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Slicing bread thin isn’t difficult.

Just keep the following quick tips in mind while you’re slicing your loaf:

  • Avoid using a lot of downward pressure while you’re slicing your bread
  • Focus more on the gentle “sawing” motion of slicing bread (imagine you’re sawing something)
  • Once you make it towards the bottom of your slice, that’s when it’s OK to use some downward pressure and finish your cut
  • It sometimes helps to slice your bread at a slight angle (roughly an 80 degree angle) rather than slicing it upright (at a 90 degree angle)

If you can just keep your slicing technique gentle, almost like you’re going back and forth in a “sawing” motion, you’ll have the right technique down in no time.

Step 6. Keep baking and slicing (practice makes perfect)

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When it comes to learning how to slice bread thin, nothing beats practice.

So don’t be afraid to bake a lot of loaves of “practice bread”, and get to slicing.

Select your knife. Bake your bread. And keep on slicing.

Slicing your bread thin really is that simple.

Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer Review – Best Rice Steamer of 2020

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Last updated on: October 20th, 2019

I have a confession to make…

I’m addicted to cooking food the lazy way.

But, I still like to keep my cooking healthy.

That’s why the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is top-class in my kitchen.

And, I want to give you a quick overview of this steamer so that you can cook healthy food quick, cheap and easy too.

Yes, this is my Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer review, which reveals everything you need to know about the best rice steamer of 2020…

10 truths you should know about the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

There are 10 truths that you need to know about the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer.

Just keep reading to see all 10 truths (the good, bad and everything in-between)…

Truth 1. It cooks good quality rice and steams vegetables at the same time

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Easy-to-cook and delicious food is probably the most important result that you’re looking for in a rice cooker and food steamer, right?

Luckily, the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer (14 Cup Cooked) helps you cook rice and steam vegetables at the same exact time.

This kitchen gadget is so helpful for dieting, living a healthier lifestyle, and feeding your entire family.

I mean, even if I don’t feel like eating vegetables, I’ll almost always steam some veggies while I cook my rice. Because, If I don’t do this, I would feel like I’m wasting an opportunity to cook healthy food.

Also, keep in mind that this rice cooker and food steamer cooks all varieties of rice and vegetables. You can use it to cook brown rice, quinoa, white rice, frozen spinach, green beans, leeks (one of the world’s healthiest foods), carrots and more.

Note: Keep in mind that tiny veggies like peas and corn will most likely fall through the ventilation holes in your food steamer. Bummer, I know (but this is only a minor inconvenience).

Truth 2. It’s the lazy person’s favorite tool for preparing meals

I recommend the 14 Cup Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer over the 6 Cup Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer because rice can stay relatively fresh in your refrigerator for almost a week. Plus, it isn’t that hard to go through 14 cups of cooked rice in a week.

This has to be the absolute easiest kitchen appliance for prepping meals.

Sometimes, I’ll cook quinoa in my rice cooker, and then mix it with a can of Amy’s Organic Chili if I’m feeling extra lazy.

I don’t know how eating healthy can get much easier than that.

Truth 3. It’s fast and low-maintenance

It takes me about 15 to 20 minutes to cook a few cups of jasmine rice (while also steaming vegetables) using this rice cooker and food steamer.

What’s also really nice about this rice steamer is that when your food is finished cooking, the machine will automatically switch to ‘warm’ mode.

This means that you don’t have to babysit at all while your rice cooks.

You can simply add some rice and liquid to the machine, take care of whatever you need to around the house, and then come back to find your rice cooked shortly thereafter.

This is a super low-maintenance product that just makes life easier.

Truth 4. It’s cost-effective

The Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer (14 Cups Cooked) is one of the most competitively priced cooker/steamer combo appliances available.

For the relatively small price that you’ll pay for this appliance, you’ll most likely save hundreds of hours of time that you would’ve spent manually cooking rice on the stove top.

It’s well worth the relatively tiny investment.

Truth 5. It also works great for cooking soups, chili, noodles and even eggs

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I’ve always liked the variety of food options that you have to choose from when it comes to cooking with a rice cooker and food steamer.

Sometimes, I’d rather toss a can of organic chili into my rice cooker, let it heat up for 5 to 10 minutes, and then come back and eat.

If I feel like having eggs, then I add them to the Aroma’s steamer tool.

Yes, you can use this Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer (14 Cup Cooked) model to make hard boiled eggs.

To make hard boiled eggs with your rice steamer, simply add your eggs to the upper chamber of the rice steamer, cook your rice as usual, and voila. You’ve got hard boiled eggs.

Truth 6. It’s perfect for all ages and skill levels

Here’s one of my favorite aspects of the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer:

Simplicity.

The product is so easy for anyone to use. You only have a switch with two options (‘Cook’ and ‘Warm’) and that’s all.

No need to set up a timer. No need to mess with digital controls.

For certain appliances, I truly believe that having less options just makes life easier. I can say that’s 100% true for this rice cooker and food steamer product.

Truth 7. It’s usually pretty easy to clean

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The Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer contains a removable pot for cooking rice, and a separate removable steamer for cooking vegetables and other goodies.

Because each of the Aroma’s parts are removable and separate, the appliance is usually pretty easy to clean as a whole.

After I finish cooking some rice and vegetables, I just rinse both removable parts with hot water and soap, let them dry on the rack, and I’m good to go again.

If you forget to rinse the removable parts after cooking, that’s when you might run into problems. It’s sometimes easy for burnt rice to stick to the bottom of the removable pot. So, make sure to rinse your rice cooker’s removable parts as soon as you finish cooking (and you should have no problem).

Truth 8. It’s durable

I’ve used my Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer for two years so far, and it’s still going strong.

Some internet users occasionally complain about receiving a faulty Aroma product. But, that seems to be a pretty rare scenario.

For the most part, people who purchase an Aroma product (including myself) are extremely happy with the results.

The product is high-quality and durable. Especially for the price that you pay.

Truth 9. It’s best to use chicken broth when cooking rice in the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

The Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer calls for two premeasured cups of liquid for every single cup of rice that you use. So, the ratio is 2:1 (liquid to uncooked rice).

However, I recommend using chicken broth as your liquid for the Aroma Cooker/Steamer, because chicken broth will make your rice taste incredibly better than if you were to use water.

It’s also important to keep in mind that you should measure your rice and liquids using the cup that Aroma provides with the cooker/steamer. The cup that Aroma provides has specific measurements on it that pertains to the device.

Truth 10. It’s the best rice and vegetable steamer for the price (Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer Review Conclusion)

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People usually say that “you get what you pay for,” right?

Well, I don’t think traditional wisdom works in this case…

Because with the Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, you pay a relatively small price, and you get multiple years worth of lazy-yet-healthy food cooking potential.

It’s one of my favorite household products, and I know it’s going to make your life incredibly healthier, easier and better, too.

Best Breadmaking Machine For Gluten Free Bread – Hamilton Beach HomeBaker Review (2020 Update)

Last updated: October 20th, 2019 After many hours of research, and plenty of loaves of gluten free bread baked, I’ve come to believe that the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is the best breadmaker for gluten free bread.

The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is also one of the most useful budget kitchen appliances you can own, because the HomeBaker makes it easy for you to create tons of healthy gluten free foods in a matter of hours.

Even though I own an amazing rice cooker, and a freakin’ Vitamix blender – I have to say that owning a gluten free bread machine has been the most life-changing appliance of all.

Half because I never thought I could bake my own healthy gluten-free bread. And, half because I never knew I could save tons of money in the process.

(Keep reading to get the full scoop on all of the benefits, downsides and final thoughts on owning a HomeBaker…)

Hamilton Beach HomeBaker Benefits

The Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is a powerful, budget-savvy bread machine that’s really easy to use.

More specifically, these are the exact benefits you’ll receive if you decide to get a HomeBaker for yourself:

Benefit 1. Gluten free bread setting

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The major highlight of the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is that it contains a gluten-free setting for making delicious gluten free bread.

Just add your ingredients, set your cycle to option #3 (the gluten-free bread making cycle), decide whether you want to bake a 1.5lb. or 2lb. loaf, and voila.

Hit the start button, and your gluten-free bread will be ready in about three and a half hours.

Benefit 2. Save tons of money

Best Breadmaker For Gluten Free Bread Store-Bought Loaves

Before buying a gluten free bread maker, I would spend at least $30 a month on bread alone.

Loaves of Ezekial Gluten Free Brown Rice Bread retail for about $6 in my area. So, it should be easy to see why I needed to figure out how to bake gluten free bread as soon as possible.

If you eat gluten free bread the same way I do, then you could save at least $360 a year by purchasing a solid gluten free bread machine.

That’s enough cash for a mini weekend vacation in the city nearest you. So, save that money, and buy a good bread machine instead.

Benefit 3. Crazy simple to operate and clean

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The HomeBaker is one of the most convenient and simple kitchen appliances I’ve ever used.

You simply add your ingredients, select your preferred bake cycle, choose a loaf size and style of crust (light, medium, dark) – then hit the start button.

I don’t know how this bread machine could be any simpler.

I also enjoy that it’s incredibly easy to clean. There’s just one removable pale that you pour ingredients into. Once you remove that pale from the bread machine, you can rinse it with warm soapy water, dry it, and you’re good to bake again.

Benefit 4. The HomeBaker includes options for making cake and jam

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Who knew a gluten free bread machine would be ideal for baking cake and making jam?

Yes, you can make real fruit jam in your HomeBaker.

Apparently, the HomeBaker bread machine can create ideal conditions for making fruit jam using strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc.

So, this is another way that you’ll be able to save money on yet another household food product.

Benefit 5. Delayed start timer

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One of the coolest features of the HomeBaker is that it includes a delayed start timer.

This basically means that you can add all of your ingredients to the HomeBaker, and then set up a delayed start timer so that your bread won’t start baking until a certain amount of time has passed.

For example, you can prep your gluten free ingredients inside of the HomeBaker, and then set the delay start timer so that your bread automatically starts baking at 5:00 a.m. the next morning.

This can be really useful if you like waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread in the morning (along with your coffee).

Just make sure that you don’t use the delay setting when you’ll be using dairy ingredients like milk, butter or cheese. You obviously don’t want to leave dairy products inside of your bread machine for an extended amount of time, since that could mean trouble.

Benefit 6. Quality gluten free bread

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The most important benefit is the fact that the HomeBaker makes quality gluten free bread.

This is the end-result that you’re most likely searching for, right?

Well, if you commit to using quality ingredients like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Homemade Wonderful Bread Mix (my personal favorite), and Red Star Bread Machine Yeast (don’t forget to refrigerate after opening) – you’ll most likely end up with some amazing gluten free bread.

Just follow the recipes and instruction booklet that comes with your HomeBaker machine, and baking quality gluten free bread will seem practically foolproof (perfect for me).

Hamilton Beach HomeBaker Negatives

While the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker is a world-class bread making machine, it isn’t perfect by any means.

There are a few minor annoyances that you might want to know about before buying this bread maker.

Here are the HomeBaker’s downsides that you should know about:

Negative 1. Bread machine paddle sometimes gets stuck after baking

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This is only a minor inconvenience. But, it’s worth mentioning as the only significant negative of the HomeBaker that I’ve personally experienced.

After baking with the HomeBaker, many people complain that the paddle (kneading blade) gets stuck in the bottom of the loaf of bread.

I actually have the opposite problem with my machine. My kneading blade frequently gets stuck to the bottom of the pale (where you add the ingredients) after I bake with the machine.

Again, this isn’t really a huge issue, since the paddle usually comes loose after 5-10 minutes of soaking in warm water.

It’s just a minor inconvenience that I’d rather not deal with.

Negative 2. Bread baked with the HomeBaker can occasionally be challenging to slice thin

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You know how most people like to eat a relatively thin ‘sandwich slice’ of bread?

I have a really difficult time slicing bread that I bake to where the slices are ultra-thin.

I’m not exactly sure why this is.

Update: After some extensive practice, I’ve learned how to slice bread thin. It just comes down to practice, practice and more practice. Having the right tools (like a great knife) can help, too. But I truly think that experience trumps all when it comes to getting razor-thin slices of gluten free bread.

The Best Breadmaker for Gluten Free Bread Final Thoughts (Hamilton Beach HomeBaker Review Conclusion)

Best Breadmaker For Gluten Free Bread Box
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If you’re on somewhat of a budget, and you need a bread machine that helps you eat healthy and save money at the same time, I have no doubt the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker will serve you well.

This is a budget bread machine with a gluten free setting that makes it extremely easy to bake delicious bread.

What more can you ask for?

It’s an amazing option for people with celiac disease, or for those who simply want to live a healthier, more cost-effective lifestyle.