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Bread Slicer Homemade Bread – An Essential Gadget For My Kitchen!
[Updated 1 June 2020]I’ve haven’t bought a loaf of bread for about twenty years now and was possibly one of the early pioneers of bread machines, way before bread slicer homemade bread guides were available. And yes, slicing up loaves to make sandwiches was always a wrecking job.
My first machine was a Breville and it was very basic indeed. Two sizes of the loaf and if you baked the largest one, it would inevitably rise up and stick to the lid. There was no option on crust – crusty was it.
It finally failed after ten years and should have been replaced long before that. Having put on bread for dinner and made some rich beef soup, the bread machine failed, leaving a doughy lump – we had soup with no bread.
The next machine was – and is a Panasonic SD RD250 which has given sterling service from day one. Oh and the luxury of three loaf sizes, three crust options, and a 2-hour fast bake. Not to mention the timer, which means we get up to the fragrant smell of fresh bread every day.
The Only Annoying Homemade Bread Issue Is Slicing It!
It is isn’t it? The one really annoying thing about home baked bread is slicing it. I know all the tricks on how to cut fresh bread, a hot sharp knife helps – but that doesn’t help the loaf looking like a wedge as soon as a few slices have gone.
I tried everything, jammed it up against cupboard, everything! The wedge problems persisted until about five years ago when I found a beautiful oak bread frame at a sale. Sadly that bread slicer homemade bread guide was put in the dishwasher by my dear husband. Least said soonest mended – do I sound spitting mad still?
I couldn’t go back to the good old days of the Bermuda triangle bread, so got online to see what’s on offer. Actually, there’s quite a lot of different options available and many inexpensive.
But – They Don’t All Work!
Things to look for when buying a bread slicing guide are as follows:
- Robust construction
- That the bread can be held firmly so it doesn’t slip
- That the bread guide itself will grip the table or is heavy enough not to slip
- Moveable guides so you can have thin, medium or thick slices
- Dishwasher safe – or hide it!
Other than that – and of course falling apart – there’s not much to go wrong.
Falling apart and slipping while cutting remains the biggest complaints in the reviews. Beware, do your homework – or rely on me having done it, either way, there are some of these bread slicing guides that struggle to get a friendly review.
I bought an expensive model made from beautiful solid elm – the Elite Bread Slicer pictured left, which I’m delighted with, no question. But there is a better option and less expensive too.
One I did look at and turned away from was the Norpro 370 Bread Slicer Guide with Crumb Catcher.
Methinks the returns department is busy and they need to reappraise the design, customers complain of it breaking very easily and being flimsy in construction.
Sadly much the same with the DB Tech Compact Foldable Bread Slicer – badly finished and flimsy are not my words, rather those of a cross-customer reviewer at Amazon – another busy returns department I’d guess.
However there is a better bread slicer homemade bread option, for less money, with reviews singing it praises all the way – I couldn’t find a negative comment, one or two grumbles, but no rants in 400 plus reviews.
The Bread Pal Bread Slicer – Described As Almost Perfect
The Bread Pal Bread Slicer pictured below is described by several reviews as ‘almost perfect’ which again is rare for reviews. Made in America, the Bread Pal has springs at the sides, folding away or opening up ready to use in seconds. If I’d seen it I would have bought it just on the reviews alone.
The Cherry Bread Slicer gets mixed reviews, some very good, some a bit less enchanted. On balance, it may be prone to breaking.
The Winner Is…
So best all round value for money and customer happiness, winning by a county mile is the Bread Pal Bread Slicer. I don’t remember reading so many happy reviews for anything I don’t think, not ever – so this has to be good! If I could justify another one…
I do hope you’ve found this useful – should you have any questions or would like to know more – maybe you’ve had a good or bad experience with a bread slicer homemade bread guide that worked well – or didn’t and you’d like to share – then drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you within a day, sometimes faster.
If you’ve just arrived here and are still thinking about baking your own bread, you might like the post on how to choose the best bread machine for your needs and pick up some bread baking tips along the way.