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Norpro Homemade Bread Slicer & Crumb Catcher

Cutting Board Guide 370, 1/2 Inch Slices

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Norpro Homemade Bread Slicer & CrumbThis simple bread slicer guide from Norpro gives home chefs a way to perfectly size bread slices for toast and sandwiches, but you'll need the right knife and a light touch.

The Norpro 370 Bread Slicer and Guide offers a row of parallel slots spaced to match the standard 1/2-inch-thick slice of sandwich bread. Set the home-baked loaf of bread between the guides, and lay the bread knife in the slot. The slot keeps the knife blade running true all the way to the bottom of the crust. Most crumbs fall into the crumb-catcher base. Just turn the Slicer Guide over to empty the crumbs. The slots yield eight slices in one setting, but just slide the remaining section of loaf against the guide's acrylic end stop to keep cutting perfect slices.

Since there's no way to adjust the guide, you'll have to settle for cutting bread loaves that match it. If your loaf rises higher than the guide's top, the first part of the cut depends on your skill alone. Loaves wider than the 6-3/4-inch guide box simply won't fit. Adjusting recipes to create loaves that fit is certainly possible. An eight-inch-long bread knife blade won't provide a lot of guided cutting edge in this slicer, but a ten-inch bread knife blade allows a back-and-forth slicing movement of about two inches without leaving the guides.

The Norpro 370 Bread Slicer and Guide uses small screws to hold the acrylic guides to the wooden base. That's not much support, and a careless move with the knife could cause problems. The soft wood in the crumb catcher also damages easily if you drag a serrated blade across the slats. If you're used to a hardwood cutting board designed to take abuse, you'll need to adjust your technique to use the Norpro 370.

For a bread knife long enough to work well with this guide, see the R.H. Forschner Bread Knife.

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