The One About the Breadmaker and Tornadoes

Friday, October 19, 2007

Weather is a great metaphor for life – sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.
~Pepper Giardino

So I splurged and bought a breadmaker Wednesday night. I’ve wanted one for a while and this one was on sale at Kohl’shomemade bread for $59.99 and if you used your Kohl’s charge, I got a $10 certificate for every $50 spent to spend next week. Yay!

Anyway, this breadmaker is awesome! It not only bakes 1 ½ and 2 pound loaves, but it also does pasta and, get this…HOMEMADE JAM! Yeah, jam! So I decided to try it out last night and make the jam first. All it required was a bag of frozen raspberries (they have a fresh strawberry recipe too, but since they are out of season, I went with the frozen recipe), some liquid fruit pectin, some sugar and some lemon juice.

The breadmaker mixed it all up for me and then it baked it for an hour. I then poured the liquid jam into little mason jars and put them in the fridge. A couple hours later, it was set. And OH MY FREAKIN’ GOSH… it’s the best darn jam I’ve ever had in my life. Probably because it doesn’t have any added preservatives or dyes or anything. I’m seriously never ever buying jam from the store again.

After the jam was done, I made a wheat bread. It turned out yummy too.

Of course, right in the middle of this, we had horrific storms come through. They were saying up to 90mph winds, so B (who had just got to my house) turned around and when to his apartment because his motorcycle was turned the wrong way to the wind and would get blown over.

Not too much later after he left, the TV station started announcing a tornado warning for my county and said it was 4 milesLightning storm south of a city that’s only 6 miles away (so 10 or so miles away from me) and then the tornado sirens started going off. I took the pups down to the basement and brought my emergency radio and cell phone with me. I turned my emergency radio to the local TV station and they were talking about a definite “hook with significant rotation” that was heading straight for my area.

Luckily for me, it didn’t hit and I don’t think any tornadoes hit in my immediate area (the warning was for a Dopplar-indicated tornado). The wind definitely blew hard and there was a lot of thunder and lightning.

It’s really odd for my part of the world (southwest Michigan) to get storms like this this late in the season. We usually don’t have to worry about tornadoes much after late August/September.

Of course, the last few weeks have been weird, too. It was near 90 degrees last Monday and only 53 by Tuesday night.

The old saying is still true for Michigan: if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.



  1. Good thing you are safe! Just curious, how long did the jam and bread-making process take?

  2. Jam takes 5-6 minutes to mix in the bread machine and takes an hour to bake in the machine. The wheat bread takes 3 hours and 50 minutes total. You can do white bread in 3 hours or if you want faster bread (denser and darker crusts) you can do the 90 or 80 minute options of “quick bread.”

  3. wow! i can’t believe the jam is done so quickly. i guess the longest part of the whole process is the time the ingredients r in the machine. =) makes me want a breadmaker!

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