Using a Bread Knife {Frugal Kitchen Gadget}

by GettingFreedom on February 21, 2012

We’ve been able to shave a lot off of our grocery budget by making our own bread products at home.
French Bread and 100% Whole Wheat Bread make regular appearances around here.  Now that I’m completely comfortable with making bread, we also use it as our sandwich bread.
But that wouldn’t be possible without my trusty bread knife.

Why Use a Bread Knife?

First off, it’s important to note the Top 3 Features of a Bread Knife.

Long {7″-9″} Blade

The long blade enables you to effortlessly slice your bread with one swipe, making a cleaner, more uniform, cut.   I personally prefer a 9″ blade.

Serrated Blade

The serrated blade helps to “snag” the crispy crust and slice through cleanly–without having to saw your way through. Be careful with the serrated edges!  I once cut right through my finger when slicing our bread!  I had no idea my knife was that sharp!

Sharp Blade

A sharp blade is needed to cut through the bread without shredding it.

 

 

All three of these features prevent one dreaded thing to happen to your homemade bread:: Shredding!  If you’ve just worked hard on making your homemade bread, intending to use it for sandwiches, turning it to nothingness with one swipe is not what you’re going for.  Or spending all day attempting to make uniform slices.

If you have a good knife, you’ll find that slicing homemade bread doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little bit of practice you’ll be slicing perfect sandwich bread slices!

Cost of Bread Knives

You can find many bread knives for under $20.  It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just as long as it has the three main features listed above.  Even after putting out the money to buy a quality bread knife, you will still come out saving money by making your own homemade bread.

Cost  of One Month Supply of Store Bought Bread {2 loaves/wk}= $20 {buying from discount bread store}

Cost of One Month Supply of Homemade Bread {2 loaves/wk}= $9.20 {Organic at that!}

Within 2 months, my knife as paid for itself!  And then some, if you want to get technical about organic vs. non-organic.

 

Do you make your own homemade bread?  What is your favorite?

 

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