Do you want to hear something embarrasing? When I first started baking our own bread, I’d still buy a loaf of regular sliced bread at the store each week. I loved the way the homemade bread tastes, but couldn’t manage to slice it in any way that would allow us to make something even remotely resembling a regular sandwich. it was great cut in thick slices, or just torn into chunks and I’d serve it with various soups, stews and dips.
I kept trying though and eventually came up with some simple tricks that make slicing homemade bread easy-breezy. Here they are:
- Let the bread cool completely before you try to slice it. It will work much better than trying to slice warm bread.
- Use a large, sharp knife with a serrated edge. Don’t push down while you’re cutting the slices, instead use a sawing motion. This will keep the bread from being squished down and you usually avoid tearing it this way.
- For thin, even slices, use a bread slicing guide. I picked up a large serrated knife a while back that had one built in, but you can also pick up some that will work with any knife. Just check for them at a houseware store, or in the houseware department of your local superstore.
Update – Several HBHW readers also suggested using an electric knife to cut bread. I haven’t had a chance to try it myself, but it sounds like a great idea and I think you should give it a try, especially if you already have an electric knife.
Use those tips and then just keep at it. Don’t worry if the slices aren’t all that even or thin at first. You’ll get better with practice. On the upside, your homemade bread will beat out the store brand in flavor and freshness any day of the week.
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