I finally looked up the model to see which one I had, and I'm glad I did. I read the reviews on the link I gave yesterday and there were so many bad reviews on the other machine. That is not the one I have!
One of the things I learned when making bread with this machine is using the Express bake feature. It bakes a loaf of bread in under an hour. I don't use it very often but always pleased when I do. One of the ingredients it calls for is "rapid rise" yeast. After having to remember to buy "special" yeast to make the bread, I googled the yeast to see what the big deal was. And what did I learn? It's the same exact thing as the other yeast! The only thing about using this recipe is that you use twice as much yeast. But no worries about buying some with a "special" name anymore. Since I buy my yeast by the pound, now I don't have to worry about buying two different types.
Speaking of yeast, my favorite brand to buy is: SAF Instant yeast. I like it because I only pay $2.99 for a pound of it. It lasts me way over a year in the freezer or refrigerator. You don't to mix it first with warm water and then slowly add it to the rest of the ingredients. Nope! You just add it straight to whatever you're making. With my machine, I add the liquid ingredients first and then the dry ingredients. Then the yeast goes on top. The manual for my bread machine makes a big deal about not letting the yeast touch the liquid. I don't worry about it at all, I mean sooner or later it's going to touch! lol
Now, the amazon price says it is close to $10 but I've never ever paid that much. Now, I haven't any for awhile now, but I'd be shocked to discover that the price is that high. The place I buy mine is at the Mennonite bulk food stores around the area. You can buy yeast in teeny tiny jars at Walmart for about half the amount and I think they charge about $8! That is too expensive! The prices seem to be dropping a little but that's what they charged back when I bought the bread machine.
I can't wait to try the "jam" function this summer when I can go pick some fresh strawberries at the local pick your own farm place. There have been rumors that they were going to close years ago, but I'm so glad they are still around! Nick said he might plant me a few strawberry beds this year. I hope so! I love berries of all kinds. I once tried some homegrown raspberries and they were delicious!