Keeping Your Bread Machine Clean
Your bread maker has numerous parts, including a pan and a paddle. The first thing to do is separate the paddle and pan otherwise you may miss some of the dough stuck to the bottom of the paddle. This can cause serious issues when trying to make additional loaves.
Once the two main pieces are separated, along with the crumb tray and lid, it is best to hand wash the entire unit. This will keep the individual pieces from getting banged up and destroyed in the washing machine and will also allow you to monitor how well they are rinsed clean of all the soap.
If not properly cleaned, a concrete-like substance can form on the inside of your machine. This is from the dough that has now hardened to your bread maker and could take the likes of a jackhammer to get it off. Baked on dough splatter is another difficult item to try and break free, especially after it has time to rest and adhere to the sides of the pan.
If this is the case with your bread maker, it is best to disassemble the entire machine and let it soak for at least 20 minutes in hot soapy water to help moisten the dough enough to allow you to scrape it off with a soft spatula or even your fingernail. Be careful not to scratch the non-stick surface as this will cause even more stuck on pieces.
Probably the most important aspect to cleaning your bread maker doesnít occur until after you are done with the disassembling, washing and possibly even scraping of the pan, paddle, tray and lid. It is of the utmost importance, especially if there is going to be some time between making bread, to completely dry your machine. Failure to do so could cause rusting, a breakdown in moving parts and even points of chemical residue that could make bread stick to the pan.
Whether you clean your bread machine after each use or just wipe it down until the next time remember that itís a necessity to keep it clean and ready to use again and again.