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First, consider materials from which cutting boards are made
Wooden cutting boards are perhaps the most common. In some kitchens, even plywood boards have been preserved, but plywood is not suitable material for cooking, it quickly splits, becomes covered with cracks, into which dirt gets clogged, and the glue with which the plywood layers are glued is not at all useful for health. This means that we are sweeping aside the plywood boards and will look for a cutting board made of natural wood.
It can be birch, beech, pine, oak, acacia, bamboo, hevea ...
Most often, you can find pine or beech boards in stores. They strongly absorb moisture, crumble and accumulate food residues in chips and slots. Therefore, pine and beech boards are best used for slicing bread and dry food.
The ideal material for making boards is considered hevea and bamboo
: they are highly durable, resistant to stress, do not absorb moisture and do not swell in water, wash well, do not blunt knives and do not absorb odors.How to cut bread correctly
Earlier, when bread was baked in houses, it was round, in the form of loaves, and there was no loaf in the shape of a brick at all. At that time, women cut bread by attaching it to the apron on their chest, and men held it in the air. But it is so convenient to cut only a large and round loaf; today it is almost impossible to meet such a loaf, unless you bake at home. In addition, according to the rules of etiquette, cutting bread by placing it on the chest is considered wrong.
You can first divide the loaf in two, parallel or perpendicular to the base, and then proceed to regular slicing. You can also cut the bread diagonally to make the slices triangular. Do not cut an oval loaf in half. Oval slices of bread look good anyway. The thickness of the slices may vary. Usually, the pieces are about 1 cm thick.
It is also the ideal thickness for placing slices of bread in the toaster. If it is customary in the house to cut bread thickly, then do not avoid these traditions. The thickness of the bread should be comfortable for your family, because it is for you to eat it. Moreover, thickly sliced bread is considered a sign of generosity. Thin bread should be cut only for sandwiches. Thickly sliced pieces will definitely not be appropriate here.
Usually slices of tin bread are cut in half. This can be done in three ways: parallel to the base of the loaf, perpendicular to the base, or diagonally - then triangular pieces are obtained. You can choose the method that you like the most. The loaves are usually not cut, the slices are served oval, as it turned out when cutting.Slice thickness
- a separate question. Typically, the bread that is served is cut into pieces about 1 cm thick, the same thickness as the toast pieces - they fit perfectly into the toaster. In some houses, a roll is cut into thick slices, "the old fashioned way", when it was believed that coarsely sliced bread is a sign of the owner's generosity and hospitality. Don't cut the loaf too thin, unless you cut it for the special sandwiches that need it.And you also need special knives for slicing bread
You also need to purchase a knife specially designed for slicing bread. They are present in virtually every set of knives. Also, a bread knife can be purchased separately, they are sold in all stores of this theme.It differs from the usual blade, at the end of which there are many triangular teeth. A bread knife is a bit like a saw.
The blade should be long. This way you can cut bread of any thickness and shape. If you have the opportunity, then, of course, you can purchase a bread slicer. Now they are used not only in public catering, but also at home. With their help, you will see how beautifully sliced bread is. They can only be used for slicing different foods or just for bread. Some examples of slicing boards, what they look like
The board is made of pressed bamboo, silicone inserts. Convenient removable tray for collecting bread crumbs. Does not absorb moisture, easy to clean, does not deform, does not blunt knives.
The convenience of the board lies in the fact that as we cut, we move the loaf of bread one step, and cut off even and identical pieces. The crumbs that fall on the board fall between the grates, and then they are simply shaken out by taking out the pallet. In such a board there is also a special slot for storing a knife - convenient.
For cutting bread, a saw blade about 18 centimeters long is considered ideal. It does not cut, but cuts through, leaving behind much less crumbs and without breaking bread.
Fresh and soft bread can be sliced by preheating the blade of a knife, at least this is recommended. Then you will really be able to cut the bread into neat pieces.
Large crumbs can be avoided by making cruciform cuts in the corners in the places where you need to cut the bread.
This is the versatile Joseph Joseph Slice & Serve cutting board, it is multifunctional: for slicing bread, for cheese and most importantly, a serving tray. On one side there are indentations specially made to keep all the crumbs in place. By turning the board over, you get a perfectly flat surface for slicing cheese.
The main thing is that this board has a special bowl in which you can put butter or pour sauce, jam, and thus serve sliced bread to the table. Plus, there are comfortable side handles.
What are the advantages:
• Removable insert bowl for sauce, condiments or snacks.
• One side of the board is smooth - ideal for slicing cheese or other products, the other with grooves for slicing bread.
• The board fits inside a tray with non-slip feet and carrying handles.
• It is advisable to wash the board by hand; the tray is dishwasher safe.