Slicing a crusty bread loaf can be challenging, because the loaf might breaking apart at the cracks, if slicing is not done properly. This can be avoided by following a few simple steps.
Here’s a quick summary of the steps:
- The most important thing is a sharp, serrated bread knife
- Use one hand to hold the crust’s top-side together, to keep it from breaking
- Use the other hand to gently saw through the bread. Don’t press too hard on the knife, because that will break the crust
- Cut slices about half an inch thick and don’t go thinner, to prevent them from falling apart
- Store the loaf cut side down, to keep moisture inside the bread
Slicing bread yourself at home is worth the extra effort. The crust seals the bread and keeps moisture and flavor inside. That's why buying a bread loaf is always better than buying sliced bread. The only reason why pre-sliced bread from grocery stores stays humid is that it's full of artificial preservatives. Just look at the ingredient list. A good artisan bread loaf, on the other hand, stays chewy and tasty without all that artificial stuff.
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