Product Type: Lakeland gadgets
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Fresh bread, anyone?
Lakeland Bread Keeper
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Lakeland Bread Keeper
Date: 14/01/13, updated on 14/01/13 (46 review reads)
Advantages: Keeps bread fresher, helps you cut straighter
Disadvantages: Promotes laziness, costly, thick cutter, a bit unsightly
This is a Lakeland product that my mother in law loves using, and we have borrowed a number of times. I'm sure we're not alone when it comes to wasting bread. There's always the option of taking the ends or the leftovers to the pond to feed the ducks, which we do love doing with our boys, but there's usually far too much bread to waste, and the theory is that this will help keep your bread fresher for longer, thus letting you use it instead of the local quackers getting it all.
Visually, it's nothing special. In fact, they probably could have made it look a bit nicer. Plain looking, it's a two piece hard plastic product, both clear. Both are shaped so that together they can accommodate a standard loaf comfortably. One end is slightly smaller than the other though, so that it's snug all around, and as the loaf shrinks as you cut it, the smaller end of the container slides further into the larger end to reduce the interior space. This is designed to reduce the air around the loaf inside.
Curiously, the device does have a couple of tiny holes - apparently, this is because there needs to be a small amount of air flow or the air becomes stale and this makes the bread go off quicker. Also, there is a white insert in the container which has a series of vertical 'sections'. These are designed to help you slice bread straight, and come with a straight piece that you can use to line up the end, while there are gaps to fit the knife into to cut the slices. This isn't ideal as you can end up with slices that are too thick quite easily, although it will at least help you learn to cut straight.
I suppose this really is a way to add a little something extra to the seemingly exorbitant price of something that is just designed to aid those of us who can be a little lazy or ignorant when it comes to keeping bread fresh. Really, it's not that hard to close the opening of a bread loaf's bag. The thing is, we still don't do it all the time, and I've lost count of the number of times I've gone to get the next slice only to have to throw one away because it's hardened with the elements, the one underneath still just about okay.
And of course, a fresh loaf often doesn't come with a stay fresh bag, and hardens a lot quicker. Using this container does actually help in this case, but in all honesty, it's still an expense I wouldn't be prepared to pay for myself. It costs £12 or thereabouts, although Lakeland don't seem to be making them at the moment. I'm not aware of a design fault, it may just be that the need for these has dissipated somewhat. Perhaps we've all just become better at using bread efficiently, although I somehow doubt it!
Each time I use this, I am surprised at how easy it is to open and then seal closed. I don't really bother with cutting slices, I much prefer that if there's sliceable bread, there's something nice about being able to hack off an uneven slice, something natural and enjoyable about it, that you don't necessarily get from a straight cut, weirdly enough. The price for me is a bit too much, but it certainly keeps bread fresh, and the adjustable length of container is good for keeping it fresh that little bit longer as well.
Summary: Decent container for keeping your bread fresh