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Help! Paddles of my Zojirushi bread maker baked permanently in place

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I never never bake in my bread maker but I was making the bread for my turkey stuffing and I had a busy day so I thought "what the hell".

When I came home the house smelled fantastic and the bread was all finished. I took the loaf out to cool so I could cube it up and proceeded to try to clean out the pan. There is baked dough around the spindle on the underside of the paddles and they are *glued* firmly in place. Can't get them out and can't clean away the dough.

It's been soaking in steaming hot water for more than an hour. My next step would be to add denture cleanser tablets but there's far too much dough for them to work their way through in what's left of my lifetime.

The teflon and the low profile make it impossible to get a good enough grip to pull effectively. And we don't want to wreck the damned thing. Still, this thing is designed for dough to be baked in it. I'm sure that's what most consumers do.

What are we doing wrong?

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  1. Note: I do not have your model, I have an old upright Zojirushi

    My pan has a little knob thingy underneath, and (after soaking) I grab onto that and the paddle and wiggle them slightly in opposite directions. Once I had to let it soak again and repeat the little wiggles until it worked. But hot water is all you need to dissolve bread.

    In my early days of frustration I used pliers. The blade is still scratched up :( Have patience. I've made a couple recipes that stuck like that (baked hard and dry around the paddle), who knows why, but most seem to not interfere with paddle removal.

    If you're home while making bread, you can remove the paddles before the last rise. Easier cleanup, plus no big divets from the paddles on the underside of the loaf.

    1. This might be too extreme for you, and it COULD damage the coating , but I had the same thing with my B&D , as a last resort I half filled it with hot water and a golf ball, and started the machine it only took a few hit's to break it free, but like I said it could damage it

      1. You'll find that If you hold the pan up, you can grasp the underside where the paddle mechanism heads up into the pan, and if you twist that bit with one hand and twist the paddle inside the pan with the other hand, there is a little play between the two, and it will release. You're often better off not soaking, in fact, because the brittle dough then cracks away clean. In any case, you should be able to work it free.

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        1. re: Bada Bing

          Thanks for the speedy replies, guys.

          I got some kitchen string and used it like dental floss to clean around the stems of the spindles. Then I put in *6* denture cleanser tabs. All before I read your posts.

          I followed your descriptions, Bada Bing and miou, and I was able to get one of the paddles off. Hadn't noticed those geary/knobby/handley things before. I'm soaking again with the denture enzymes and maybe that will help #2 break away later.

          The important thing is I haven't wrecked the finish on the pan or the paddles. Sorry to hear that you roughed yours up, Dave. But clever of you to think of that way to break the seal. Must have sounded like Armageddon approaching!

        2. Got one off with your help. More than 24 hours of soaking the second one still won't budge!

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          1. re: rainey

            Seems very odd. But I suggest you use tools, then: get some channel-lock pliers, wrap the metal ends in a terry cloth to protect the bread machine finish, use another tool to brace the lower end of the pan spindle, and yank away.

            It might bear adding at this point that I don't see hot water helping much. Maybe a cold water soak. Hot water turns flour and some unbaked doughs to glue, while cold water is more friendly.

            1. re: rainey

              You could try cold water and ice cubes, just thought of that instead of the golf ball

              1. re: Dave5440

                I think I'll try that tomorrow and if that doesn't work I guess it's a call to Zojirushi to see if they will replace the pan and paddles.

                Fingers crossed for one of those outcomes.

              2. re: rainey

                i'm sorry but i find this thread really funny. i know it's frustrating for you but I completely lost it at the golf ball suggestion. I never had this problem with my zo mini bread machine but now i wish i had so i can put a golf ball in just to try it. just out of curiosity, what water repellant flour were you using that got those little paddles so stuck??

                1. re: redbeanbun

                  It is a good one, It only happened to my machine once and I can't remember what type of bread it was, nothing special but I think it may have been on the "dark" setting, but I couldn't pull it off with channel locks or vise grips and not enough room to get a gear puller in there.

                  1. re: Dave5440

                    At least with a Zoji model, I cannot fathom that channel-lock pliers wouldn't work.

                    I'd suggest running a back cycle on the machine with nothing in it. That stuff's just got to go brittle and therefore crackable. But, like redbeanbun, the thread is starting to seem comical.

                    1. re: Bada Bing

                      grammar point: I meant to agree that the thread, not redbeanbun, was seeming comical. I shouldn't write after 10 at night.

                      1. re: Bada Bing

                        Bada Bing, you're not far off. Redbeanbun is seemingly comical.
                        Speaking of comical and brittle, has the OP considered taking a torch to said stuck paddle? Maybe not so much the welding torch but one of those kitchen creme brulee torches to minimize any impact to the finish on the zo bread pan.

                      2. re: Bada Bing

                        Nope channel locs didn't work or vise grips(BTW vise grips lock on tighter)and what difference does it make on the model? Grabbing something with a tool depends on the tool not what you are grabbing,,,unless you are a surgeon, then the tool matters