This is a great product for the price! I have used it several times and it takes the hassle out of cooking herbs. The only thing is that if you are cooking only a small volume of herbs, then it doesn't boil down to 1 cup, more like 1 1/2 - 2 cups of liquid. Also, I noticed that the boiling function doesn't turn on if you boil a second pot of herbs right away without letting the pot cool a bit first. Other than that, this sure beats the heck out of constantly monitoring your stove while your herbs cook.
My second SD-YD250 I purchased because: 1) my first Pana lasted much longer than 3 other brands of bread machines I'd purchased, 2) it makes a 1.5 lb. loaf which is just the right amount for 2 people without spoilage, 3) the pan is higher quality - the no-stick surface and rubber seal lasts much longer than other brands, 4) the taller, narrower shape takes up a minimum of space in our tiny kitchen, 5) it's a quiet machine that won't wake you up if you're sleeping. I've been making bread machine bread for 20 years. One brand made good bread but it was really noisy. The pan seal degraded and the replacement pan cost almost as much as a new machine. The two other machines I bought lasted 13 months - exactly one month past the warranty. My Pana lasted 4 years. It still worked at the end. There was some leakage through the pan's rubber seal, (the weak point of all machines) but you could compensate by adding more liquid. We just wanted a new, completely problem free machine so bought the exact same model we'd bought before. With how long the machine lasts, it works out to be a great value among bread machines.
I have owned and regularly used various bread machines since 1991. I have a long, wonderful history with my bread machines. I finally killed my last one and immediately went to the internet to purchase a new one. Absolute must have - only one beater. Your machine popped up as the best available. I wish there had been more information concerning the length of time to bake a regular loaf of bread! The waiting period at the beginning is totally new to me and way to long. A regular loaf takes 4 hours - I am used to 2 hours and 40 minutes! I have made two very successful loaves on the quick cycle. I have never had a yeast dispenser...don't think I will be using that feature. Any advice on skipping the long waiting period would be helpful. It is a good machine and I will get used to using it - I'm slow to change. Glad it can handle 2 1/2 pound loaves! Jackie Schnell
The only thing that is needed to up grade on it is the place to put the ice cream in needs to stay a lot longer frozen so we can use it more then 1 hour at a time. Other then that it is very good. I am using it for VBS and I wasn't able to use it like I would have liked because no matter how long you keep the container in the freezer it don't stay frozen for very long. Only can make one batch of Ice Cream and for 40 children we need to use more then that for it.
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