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Now that we've baked all kinds of bread, what about cutting it?????

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hlieboff59

Now that we've baked all kinds of bread, what about cutting it?????

I've made several kind of breads to make sandwiches for my lunch at work. But I seem to cut the bread too thick all the time. I know they're bread cutters/slicers for sale, but does anybody an easier way to cut the bread or has anyone built there own or used homemade items for shortcuts. Thanks, Howard L

 

lazybaker's picture
lazybaker

Maybe try an electric knife? It should make slicing easier without putting too much pressure on the bread.

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caryn

I have used a fairly inexpensive slicer made by Krups for years.  I have no idea if it is still available, but the results are really good.  What I do a lot is slice the bread with the slicer and then freeze the bag.  That way, I always have bread available for toasting or thawing, and I don't have to defrost the whole bag. I think some kind of slicer would be worth the investment.   --Caryn

 

 

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dabrownman

Slice when cool, immediately freeze well protected at -10 F take out what you need when you need it - perfectly fresh and delicious.

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Nicola

Thank you to everyone who responded to my question about making crackers. Yes, I think I will have to add some oil, something I had hoped to avoid but the general consensus seems to be that this is not possible for a home baker. Today I am going to try the sourdough cracker recipe that one of you recommended ... I have high hopes for it!

Thanks again for the great responses. This is a terrific site ... thanks Floyd ...

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nhtom

Using an electric knife is an excellent idea.

Barring that, a serrated edged knife is a good idea.

Barring that, just make sure that it's sharp.

After that - just practice.

 

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dabrownman

true.  Great advice!

mgbeilner's picture
mgbeilner

I made myself one of those fiddle bow style bread knives which I use all the time.  I used an old commercial Bread slicer blade.

I make a nice soft sandwich bread , I let it cool and rest in the bag for several hours before cutting which helps a lot.

the fresher the loaf the harder it is to cut into thin slices.

 

Mike

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Ruralidle

A UK company, Lakeland, has a product that helps with slicing bread at even thicknesses http://www.lakeland.co.uk/13173/EvenSlice but I don't know is it is available in the US or other parts of the world.

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HeidiH

There are lots of homemade wooden bread slicers on Etsy.  You can also see several by googling "wooden bread slicer" at images.google.com.  Googling "bread slicing guide" also finds a lot of them. 

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Kitchen Barbarian

A friend on another list tells us that a friend of hers showed her how to get even slices.  When you cool your bread on a wire rack, turn it over and use the marks the rack left as a slicing guide.  Of course that sort of depends on  putting it on the rack so those are lined up evenly with the end of the loaf so they're straight to start with.

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Ruralidle

My cooling rack has a large space between the wires.  So, if I did what you suggest, I would end up with slices the thickness of doorsteps and sandwiches like those in Scooby Doo :) !

MNBäcker's picture
MNBäcker

You could move your loaf halfway through the cooling off period to get twice as many lines (and half as wide slices)?

 

Stephan

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musturd

When I made me friends some home made bread they could not cut it. I used to demomstrate to them. I was asked so often  I decided to make a video. This really helped them. I didn't have to repeat myself.

Just go to youtube and paste in              how to slice a loaf of bread amjgproduction          and it should bring up my short video.

Does this help.

 

Thanks

Matt

HeidiH's picture
HeidiH

Matt, your video is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

MsB's picture
MsB

I've been looking for quite awhile for a bread slicing guide that they could use. Yay.....I think I've finally found it! Has anyone here ever used this before?

http://www.breadpal.net/bread-pal/

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Ruralidle

It looks fine for tinned breads and batards but wouldn't be much use for a miche or boule. I have a slicing guide (not like this one) but my boules don't fit and I don't particularly like tinned breads.

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MsB

Yes I'm only looking to use it for sandwich style loaf.

MNBäcker's picture
MNBäcker

The keys to successfully slicing your bread:

a SHARP, serrated knife

very light, if any pressure, when cutting (let the knife guide itself through the loaf)

practice, practice and more practice.

 

That's all there's to it.

Stephan

MsB's picture
MsB

The knife works well it's the boys that are the problem. Hahahaha.... no not really, they are great guys and not boys anymore. But they often make sandwiches late at night and their slices are uneven and slanted. 

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Bonniebehr

I bake my bread in a bread machine and I was using a bread knife. My husband bought me a meat slicer for Christmas.

Wow what a difference, it's fast and every slice is so even.