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I am def saving money baking our own bread, but I'm hating the waste involved in cutting big slices. Does anyone use an electric slicer for their breads? I'm wondering if it'd be worth the investment--any recommendations? I see the cheaper ones on Amazon get so-so reviews, but I won't save any money if I buy a commercial grade! It'd be great if I could also use it for meats/cheeses. I'm just looking for uniform slices, basically.
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That's funny, I was thinking about that the other day. On one hand, a loaf is cheaper to make, but on the other hand we eat huge slabs of bread. Unfortunately I don't have any advice on a slicer though.

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not electric, but have you tried a fiddle bow knife? you could get your Uniform pieces that way...

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I just use a regular knife. I am trying to conserve energy.

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I've seen a thing on Amazon that you put the bread in and it has guides for where to put the knife so you can cut sandwich sized slices. I can't remember what it was called though.

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Lots of practice? We've been baking bread for years and we can get thin slices just using a bread knife. I do have an electric knife, but haven't used it in a year... ;-)
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I think the recipe you use makes a differnce. If you are making it for sanwiches I would look for a sandwich bread recipie, which is different than making it for soup or something else, yk.

I am by no means an expert bread-slicer and I actually just started baking our own bread a few weeks ago, but this recipie is AWESOME. I can get really thin slices with just a regular knife. I use ALL whole-wheat flour and it still comes out SO GOOD and it's easy. It slices really, really well.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Simple-...ad/Detail.aspx The first review on it is especially very helpful.

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Thanks, all. I have seen the plastic bread guide/slicer thingy on Amazon and the KA website; maybe I"ll try that. I use several different recipes so it isn't the bread that's so much the issue as getting nice uniform sandwich slices--they tend to be larger at the bottom than the top.
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I see those slicer guide things at the thrift store all the time. If you have one close by I'd check there first. You can get one really cheap that way!
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I like that fiddle bow knife! Does anyone have one and use it? It's really pretty, too.
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I like that fiddle bow knife! Does anyone have one and use it? It's really pretty, too.
We have something just like it, but it doesn't have the adjustable bit. We call it a "bread saw". A little searching on amazon... and yep, ours looks just like the original fiddle bow knife.

http://www.amazon.com/Original-Fiddl...5645712&sr=8-3

I love it, and I'm able to cut much thinner pieces than I can with a bread knife (even without the adjustable guide). I'm also able to cut straighter - so I don't end up with a piece of bread that is thin at the top and thick at the bottom.

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I have a bread slice guide. This one http://www.amazon.com/WEST-BEND-Brea.../dp/B00011R4YI there are wooden ones out there too, but I'd stay away from them because they don't last as long as the plastic.
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Lots of practice? We've been baking bread for years and we can get thin slices just using a bread knife. I do have an electric knife, but haven't used it in a year... ;-)
Same goes for us!

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I use an electric carving knife I bought at a thrift store for a few dollars. I'm able to get *very* thin slices with it.

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Instead of a serrated knife which seems to be the norm, I use my sharpest fillet knife and get very thin slices.

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Thanks, all. I have seen the plastic bread guide/slicer thingy on Amazon and the KA website; maybe I"ll try that. I use several different recipes so it isn't the bread that's so much the issue as getting nice uniform sandwich slices--they tend to be larger at the bottom than the top.
Try rolling the loaf over on it's side when slicing.
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We have something just like it, but it doesn't have the adjustable bit. We call it a "bread saw". A little searching on amazon... and yep, ours looks just like the original fiddle bow knife.

http://www.amazon.com/Original-Fiddl...5645712&sr=8-3

I love it, and I'm able to cut much thinner pieces than I can with a bread knife (even without the adjustable guide). I'm also able to cut straighter - so I don't end up with a piece of bread that is thin at the top and thick at the bottom.
why are they all right handed though UGH.
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ive noticed that when i slice we get pretty normal ( if a little wonky) slices, but if my hubby slices- wohaaa! those suckers are a meal in themselves!

I just watch as i slice, and if the bottom is a little thick on on, i try to make the next bottom a little thinner. Also, I tend to make my loaves a little smaller then storebought, then i get my hands around them when cutting. ( and i just use a reg bread knife)
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We use an electric carving knife (it's serrated). It cuts it one slice at a time!
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