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The best bread makers for staying home and baking

The best bread makers for staying home and baking

These are testing times, and we all have different ways of getting through the day. Some rely on work, some turn to gaming and streaming, and some exercise. Everyone is unique, except when it comes to baking.

We don’t know what causes this strange phenomenon, but in uncertain times, everyone seems to resort to bread making. Maybe it’s coded deep within human DNA, because we simply can’t resist a bit of baking when disaster strikes. 

It does make a lot of sense when you consider just how good homemade bread actually tastes. We don’t know who needs to hear this, but shop-bought and homemade bread are not the same. A freshly baked loaf is a thing of beauty, and deserves to be celebrated. It’s the star of the show, not the side. Read more…

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BEST FOR PERSONALISATION

Panasonic SD-ZX2522

This bread maker lets you choose from three levels of loaf size and crust colour.

  • Dimensions: 38.2 x 25.6 x 38.9 cm
  • Number of programmes: 37


£239.99 from John Lewis

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BEST FOR STORAGE

Morphy Richards Homebake 502001

This compact bread maker comes with a wide range of features and programmes.

  • Dimensions: 36 x 26.5 x 28.5 cm
  • Number of programmes: 14


£99.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR FEATURES

Panasonic SD-ZB2502BXC

Advanced features guarantee a wide variety of breads, cakes, jams, and compotes.

  • Dimensions: 38.2 x 25.6 x 38.9 cm
  • Number of programmes: 27


£179.99 from Argos

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BEST FOR BEGINNERS

Cookworks Breadmaker

This cheap bread maker has all you need to bake a variety of loaves.

  • Dimensions: 35.4 x 28.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Number of programmes: 12


£44.99 from Argos

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BEST FOR SPEED

Morphy Richards Fastbake 48281

Works quickly to produce homemade bread, with a wide range of impressive features and programmes.

  • Dimensions: 30 x 28.5 x 40.5 cm
  • Number of programmes: 12


£59.99 from Argos

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BEST FOR AESTHETICS

Russell Hobbs 23620

Good looking bread maker does all of the work for you.

  • Dimensions: 29.5 x 29 x 31.9 cm
  • Number of programmes: 12


£64.99 from Argos

The best cast iron skillets in the UK

The best cast iron skillets in the UK

Have you or a loved one ever struggled to get a consistent sear on a ribeye steak? Do you often find yourself sweating over the sink in a battle with crusted-on food, or replacing cookware every couple of years? Would your life be drastically improved if you owned a single pan that’s versatile enough to be used for fried eggs in the morning, chicken for lunch, beef stew for dinner, and an apple crumble for dessert?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should consider a cast-iron skillet. 

Cast iron cookware: An extremely condensed history

While the oldest-known cast-iron artifacts (tools, specifically) date all the way back to ancient China, the concept of cooking with cast iron emerged in 18th century Europe, when pieces of the iron alloy were melted down and poured into sand moulds for cauldrons and pots. By the late 19th and 20th centuries, you could find cast iron cookware in most kitchens thanks to its durability and low cost of production. Read more…

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BEST FOR EVERYDAY USE

Lodge Classic Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge’s simple and sturdy cast iron skillets are true workhorses, and this one is no different.

  • Preseasoned: Yes (with 100% natural vegetable oil)
  • Warranty: Lifetime


£38.29 from Amazon

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BEST FOR STYLE

Le Creuset Signature Skillet

Le Creuset’s rainbow of enameled skillets lets you reap most of the benefits of cast iron while cooking with acidic ingredients.

  • Preseasoned: N/A
  • Warranty: Lifetime


£115 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CASSEROLES

Lodge Deep Cast Iron Skillet

The best option if casseroles, long-simmered stews, and deep-fried foods are often on the menu at home.

  • Preseasoned: Yes (with 100% natural vegetable oil)
  • Warranty: Lifetime


£103.95 from Amazon

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BEST FOR WEIGHT

Matfer Bourgeat Black Steel Frying Pan

A carbon steel skillet is the closest thing you’ll get to a lightweight cast iron pan.

  • Preseasoned: No
  • Warranty: Lifetime


£39.24 from Amazon

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BEST FOR GREASE

Lodge Square Cast Iron Grill Pan

This grill pan’s ridges will prop it above any drippings, avoiding all that unpleasant grease.

  • Preseasoned: Yes (with 100% natural vegetable oil)
  • Warranty: Lifetime


£42.99 from Amazon

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BEST FOR CAMPING

Lodge Cast Iron Combo Cooker

If there is a cast iron pan worth lugging into the great outdoors, it’s this all-in-one skillet.

  • Preseasoned: Yes (with 100% natural vegetable oil)
  • Warranty: Lifetime


£98.95 from Amazon

This butcher's twine dispenser helps keep things in place

This stand stops my spool of kitchen twine from rolling off the counter.

Years ago I bought a loose spool of kitchen twine. My cat constantly knocks it off the counter. I finally finished that spool, and replaced it with this spool on a stand!

Seriously a spool of thread lasts so long that I want a stand for it. I like to keep it on the counter, and not in a drawer. I do not like it on the floor. I don’t like it rolling around.

Thoughtfully, this stand even has a string cutter on top!

Regency Cooking Butcher’s Twine on Handy Dispenser with Cutter for Meat Prep and Trussing Turkey via Amazon

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