Everyone knows sandwiches, right? And everybody, including you and me, surely loves it. I mean, it's very versatile, it can be sweet or savory, and it can be a meal or a dessert. But sandwiches depend on the key ingredient that allows it to be awesome as it is, the bread. Bread is actually what started cultivation and farming. When wheat was first discovered in Asia, it spread all over the world, and people began making flour and eventually, bread.
It became the staple food of ancient countries and regions; it is even used as a way to pay you for your labor. It sustained lots of people in the dark ages and also became a part of religious ceremonies especially by the Catholics. Bread stood up the test of time, and still as important as it was before. I mean, bread is life, may it be spiritual or literal. Bread is probably the one food eaten by people of every race, culture and religion.
Now that we talked a little about its glorious past, why would we want to talk about bread? Well, why not? With the advancements in technology, style and lifestyle, bread is still there. Taking a firm hold from its stand, the ancient recipes are still available today and a lot of great recipes were developed.
Now, let's focus on what we are here for, loaf bread. And how many slices of bread in a loaf. But we won't stop there, we will also investigate everything there is on loaf bread, the proper way of slicing, equipment to use for good slicing and the best way to slice it. It may sound basic, but for something that's old and gold, it is just right to pay this kind of attention. Let's go to the bread lane, shall we?
How Many Slices Of Bread Are There In a Loaf of Bread?
Before we answer, let's have some fun fact. Did you know that before, people did not like the idea of sliced loaf bread because of the thought that slicing it will make it stale?
How many slices of bread in a loaf depends on many factors. Remember that like people, bread comes in all shapes and sizes. It is made by different bakeries and bread makers that also developed their own style and recipes. But keeping track of the bread loaves available in the market, the standard bread loaf has a minimum slice of 20-24 pieces. Specialty bread like sourdough and whole grain contains 16-18 pieces. Thinly sliced loaves generally yield 26 slices.
Again, this is just general observations. Every brand is different. Some brands contain only 17 slices with 2 crusts, which people tend to discard. Because even if there are a standard size and weight for loaf bread, the slicing machine that each factory or bakery is using might be different. Also, a lot of people now know how to bake their own bread, and so you can actually make it to however you want your bread to be sliced. The only thing that I can suggest is to keep the number of slices even so that every slice has a pair in making sandwiches.
How Thick Should A Slice of Bread Be?
Just like how everyone has actual freedom and way of how many slices there should be, how thick it should is relatively unique. But again, let's look at the actual recommended serving sizes and what we see as the universal thickness of each bread loaf slice.
It will usually fall into 3/8- to 5/8-inch thick per slice. This is for the regular sliced bread. Texas Toast, for example, is the thickest commercial bread available in the market with a thickness of 1 1/2 inches/slice. Nowadays, we can slice it however we want. The thing however that we should consider in slicing bread is the ratio of the thickness of the bread to the filling or spread that you are expecting to put. So, even if we actually have the freedom to slice it in the thickness that we want, there will still be limitations.
So maybe you are here asking this question that we are discussing because you started to make your own bread at home, so you might also have concerns on slicing your homemade bread, don't you worry because we've got you covered.
Homemade Bread And Tips On How To Slice And Store Your Bread
Of course, you've heard of a serrated knife. It is actually the most effective knife that you can use in slicing bread. A serrated knife does a pretty seamless job in slicing your bread, but as suggested by some experts, a wave style bread knife works wonders and actually works better than a serrated knife.
In cutting your loaf bread, it is advised that you cool it completely. Because we all know the struggle of slicing fresh-out-of-the-oven-warm bread but we also know that it is hard to resist not to take a sandwich out of freshly baked bread. Here's where the electric knife comes in. Electric knives are perfect for achieving the best slices from homemade bread.
Storing homemade bread is not a problem since not many leftovers are there when a bread is homemade, at least taking it in personal experience. But the best way is to keep it away from moisture and strong odors. You see, bread is a very good absorbent, be it of odor or liquids. So be sure to put it on a breadbox, or wrap it in a plastic bag and paper bags to keep freshness.
Leaving it out open is also okay, because it makes the crust stale protecting the inner layer of the bread. Be sure to lay it on a piece of cloth or fabric to avoid moisture. Homemade bread can stay up to months if kept in the fridge.
I hope that it answered if maybe not all, but some of your questions about bread loaves and bread in general. Always keep in mind that whatever the way you want or do it, bread will always nurture you and bring you warmth in the best way possible. Thank you so much for tuning in and hope you share this with everyone that loves all things bread. See you next time and cheers!