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LAKELAND BREAD SLICER
Since buying a bread maker and making all my own bread I had been looking for a "gadget" to make slicing easier. Most of the ones I looked at were electric and I did not really want to pay a lot of cash out.
I finally found one at Lakeland Plastics. It cost £18.99 plus £4.25 postage bringing the total up to £23.24. More than I wanted to pay but it was the only one I could find so I got it.
The Bread Slicer soon arrived. It is a mainly plastic gadget That Lakeland states "folds flats when not in use" and although this is true, it does fold flatish, I still find it quite bulky to put in a drawer. The slicers' base is supposed to be non slip, however I found it did slip! It comes with a removable plastic plate which has small plastic grippers on it to hold the bread in place, once again I found this does not really do what it is supposed to. The plate slides in to the Bread Slicer giving you 7 different thickness settings. There is also supposed to be a crumb catcher but I've yet to discover how this works! It is also dishwasher proof.
The idea is you choose your thickness level and slide the plate in accordingly, then hold your loaf flat against the Bread Slicer and cut keeping your knife flat against the metal edges that run down the sides. That is the idea in theory, in reality I found the gadget does slip. When you hold the loaf flat against the Bread Slicer you have to hold it so firmly that the loaf tends to squish in on itself because it is lovely soft fresh bread.
All in all I am very disappointed with my Bread Slicer, I think it was far too expensive and basically it does not do what it is supposed to. I have since brought an electric carving knife which cuts the bread beautifully and the BreadSlicer is relegated to the back of the cupboard, I suspect before long it will end up on e bay!.
It doesn't do what it is supposed to do.
Expensive for what it is.
I love fresh crusty bread but can never cut it properly so end up with very uneven looking sandwiches. I like Lakeland products so brought their Even Slice bread slicer because it said it would garantee even slices of bread every time I used it.
The same day I brought a loaf of my favourite unsliced bread to try my new gadget out.
To use the Even Slice bread slicer you have to move the back plate so that the grooves on the sides are at the right place for however thick you want to cut your bread. It is easy to move forward and backward and when I am making sandwiches for me and my grandaughters we all like our bread at different thickness. It is no trouble to cut theirs like doorsteps and then move the back plate to cut my thin bread. There are 6 thickness settings ranging from very thick toast size down to thin sandwich bread.
The Even Slice looks like metal but is in fact a polypropylene material which makes it very easy to clean and I usually do this just by wiping with a damp cloth or tissue. There is a crumb catcher along the bottom that is very handy because i cannot cut bread without making a mess even though I use a very sharp knife.
I like the way my Even Slice folds into itself so I can store it flat in my cupboard because it is the size of a small Breville so if it didn't fold it would take up a lot of room in my kitchen. When it is folded there is a useful carry handle.
I love my Even Slice bread slicer because it is the easiest bread slicing guide I have ever used and its easy to keep clean and looks very smart.
It cost about £15 from Lakeland when I brought it and I would definatly buy another if I needed to.
Made from easy clean, metallic-coloured polypropylene and non-slip feet, one can select a preferred thickness with the six settings and use the integral crumb catcher for a no mess slice.