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Old 09-14-2015, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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we have a wonderful breadmaker which I love. The bread is fresh and wholesome and I have lots of recipes and options. But slicing it is a big problem.
We leave the loaf in a special bread bag on the cutting board with serrated knife. nobody in the family can cut an evenly thick slice. The loaf gets all out of shape and the crumbs make a big mess.
I've looked at bread slicers online but all have good and bad reviews.

Any suggestions?
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:46 AM
 
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You need a sharp knife and a steady hand. Keep your eye on the side of the loaf, not the top. Practice helps. I am the only person in my family who can consistently slice our homemade bread into even, 1/4" slices, so I do all the slicing.

If no one in your household can slice bread evenly, then maybe you need to practice more until at least one person is competent. You can even slice a whole loaf at once and put it back in the bag.

Personally I would not invest in a gadget for something as simple as this, but if slicing is really that much of a problem, maybe it would help you.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:00 AM
 
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We have a bread box with a built in guide. Had it for years so I can't tell you much about it. But it's bamboo and looks like a box. You then take out a guide that looks something like this that the bread stays in. You then slice it between the slats.


We use this or hubby will slice it quickly with an electric knife all at once. Both works.

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Old 09-14-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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we have a wonderful breadmaker which I love. The bread is fresh and wholesome and I have lots of recipes and options. But slicing it is a big problem.
We leave the loaf in a special bread bag on the cutting board with serrated knife. nobody in the family can cut an evenly thick slice. The loaf gets all out of shape and the crumbs make a big mess.
I've looked at bread slicers online but all have good and bad reviews.

Any suggestions?
Better knife, yours is not sharp enough.

If you can't lay your knife on top of the bread with no downward pressure and pull it back and forth and not have it cut into the bread your knife is either not sharp or is just plain subpar.

Also flip the bread on its side.
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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Once upon a time, I had a plastic slicing guide that came with an old bread machine (shaped just right to accommodate the bread machine loaves and spaced for sandwich slices). It worked perfectly fine. It was basically just spacers for the knife to slide between while the contraption held the loaf in place. I just took a look and it does seem like everything on the market right now is more complicated than it needs to be, strangely expensive for what it does, and the reviews, like you said, are mixed. Bummer.

I can't quite imagine spending $60 on a bread-slicing guide, but this is close to what I had, with a few extra bells and whistles, and people seem to like it: The Bread Pal Slicer
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:33 AM
 
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Yes, the knife needs to be sharp. I should have mentioned that. Even serrated knives can become very dull.

I would never use a "spacer" like the one shown in the post above because most of the time I like my bread sliced much thinner than that. That's one reason I gave up storebought sandwich bread--the slices are way too thick. If the spacers were adjustable, that would be better.

But I've gotten very good at slicing thin slices so it's no longer a problem unless one of my kids takes it into his/her head to cut their own bread.
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Old 09-14-2015, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Delmarva Peninsula
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Our neighborhood deli slices it for free, for us. I just take it down there, and zip-zip, the whole loaf is sliced. It helps that our deli is only a little over a block away.
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Old 09-14-2015, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Better knife, yours is not sharp enough.

If you can't lay your knife on top of the bread with no downward pressure and pull it back and forth and not have it cut into the bread your knife is either not sharp or is just plain subpar.

Also flip the bread on its side.
Flipping it over and cutting from the bottom can work, too, depending on the loaf. Trick learned from old world Croatian povitica bakers.
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Old 09-14-2015, 04:15 PM
 
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like slicing thru cheese...heat the blade up ..it will slice easier (run under hot water,,,,wipe off moisture)


serrated knives make a difference
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Tricity
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Try electric knife! You will be amazed how easy you can slice perfect, even slices!
Give it a try. I don't think you'll go back to a plain serrated knife, except when you are too lazy to plug in the electric knife.

P.S. make sure your bread has cooled completely before slicing.
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