How many loaves will the Kit make?
Each edition - whether Gift, Cook's, or Refill - contains enough ingredients for three loaves. However, it's not a proprietary mix, so you can buy subsequent ingredients at almost any grocery store (we started offering the Refill Edition for convenience after many customers requested it) and make the bread for about 80 cents per loaf.
What is the difference between the Gift Edition Basket and the Gift Edition Box?
They contain the same items; they're just packaged differently.
Can I make whole wheat bread with the Kit?
Sure can. I prefer a lighter loaf, so I use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups white flour. You can use up to 100% whole wheat flour, though you'll wind up with a much denser and heavier loaf. But the crust will still be good. :)
How can I get more bread dust when I need it?
You can either make it yourself (see the cookbook) or purchase a Refill Edition.
Do I have to use the Average Joe Bread Pot?
Nope. The pot we sell is 5.75-quart, enamel-coated steel. You don't need an exact replica of it; you just need something about the same size that can withstand heat and time in the oven (handles are most often the problem). Also, if you use cast-iron or stainless steel, you'll need to pre-heat the pot for about 30 minutes. But if you want something inexpensive that doesn't require pre-heating, cleans up easily, is lightweight, and works like a charm, you can't beat the one we sell.
My bread is too hard on the bottom. What should I change?
Try one or more of these steps: move your oven rack up one or two slots, use more bread dust, and/or check your oven temperature with an independent oven thermometer (our brand-spanking-new GE gas oven ran 60 degrees hot!).
Can I bake gluten-free bread with the Kit?
Not only are flavor and texture challenging issues for gluten-free bread, it is also very difficult to bake free-form (as opposed to bread pan) gluten-free bread. I've experimented and failed miserably, but I continue to work at it. Keep an eye on our web site.