Last updated: January 27, 2017 Ever since purchasing my HomeBaker bread machine, I’ve been practicing the art of how to slice bread thin. And, because I eat plenty of sandwiches every week, I actually prefer to make razor-thin bread slices. This article takes you through every step that I use to get thin slices of bread, and it also reveals the best bread knife options that you must use to slice your bread.
How To Slice Bread Thin for Delicious Sandwiches, Snacks and Appetizers
Step 1. Invest in one of the top 3 best kitchen knives
Perhaps the most important step of slicing bread razor-thin involves making sure that you have a great bread knife.
I’m going to lay out the top three bread knife options for you right here.
Victorinox Serrated Bread Knife
The Victorinox Serrated Bread Knife is a world-class bread knife at a very reasonable price.
If you’re interested in baking a lot of bread at home, and you enjoy the quality of a Swiss-made knife, then a Victorinox Bread Knife is probably the right choice for you.
As you most likely already know, Victorinox is a top name in the knife industry. So, you can trust that this is a quality bread knife.
- High-quality Swiss blade
- Reliable for slicing bread extremely thin
Hamilton Beach Carve n’ Set Electric Knife with Storage Case
The Hamilton Beach Carve n’ Set Electric Knife with Storage Case is a good electric knife for slicing bread with minimal effort.
I love that the Hamilton Beach Carve n’ Set is an all-purpose carving knife. So in addition to using this tool for slicing bread thinly, you’ll also be able to use it to cut whole meats into thin slices as well.
- Electric knife for slicing bread
- Requires minimal effort
- Can be used for slicing other foods beyond just bread
KitchenAid Classic Serrated Bread Knife (German Steel)
The KitchenAid Classic Serrated Bread Knife (German Steel) is a budget-priced and effective bread knife. This is the bread knife that I currently use. It works well, feels like a sturdy blade, and simply gets the job done for a minimal investment.
- Budget-priced bread knife
- German steel blade feels sharp and sturdy
Step 2. Bake a loaf of bread that has a strong structure
After investing in a high-quality bread knife, you’ll be ready to make some bread (I prefer using the HomeBaker).
And, yes – the type of bread that you bake plays a large role in how easy it is to slice your bread.
If you are OK with eating gluten, then it might actually be a good idea to have some gluten content in your bread.
Gluten helps bread develop a stronger structure, and makes it easier to slice. So, if you use regular bread flour to bake your bread, then you’ll be totally OK.
However, if you need to cut gluten-free bread into thin slices, just make sure that you use a good gluten free replacement ingredient like flax or chia seeds. By strengthening the structure of your loaf of bread, you will make it easier to slice the loaf into thin pieces.
Step 3. Let your loaf of bread cool for a while
This is another extremely important step in the bread-cutting process.
You have to let your bread cool down before you slice it.
I know it’s tempting to cut off a hot slice of bread as soon as it’s done baking.
To be totally honest, I sometimes give in to this temptation.
But, keep in mind that it’s going to be extremely difficult to get a thin slice of bread if you cut into while it’s still hot. In fact, you might even ruin part of your loaf if you decide to slice it while it’s still warm.
Bread is soft and mushy when it’s finished baking, so it won’t be ready for slicing until it’s had time to completely cool down.
I usually give fresh loaves at least 30 minutes to cool down before I slice them.
The painful waiting process is going to be worth it. I promise!
Step 4. Slice your bread using your extra-sharp serrated knife of choice
Once your bread has cooled, it’s time to cut your loaf into thin slices.
As long as you have a good bread knife, this part really shouldn’t be all that difficult at all.
There are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re slicing bread.
Step 5. Practice the proper bread-slicing technique
Slicing bread thin isn’t difficult.
Just keep the following quick tips in mind while you’re slicing your loaf:
- Avoid using a lot of downward pressure while you’re slicing your bread
- Focus more on the gentle “sawing” motion of slicing bread (imagine you’re sawing something)
- Once you make it towards the bottom of your slice, that’s when it’s OK to use some downward pressure and finish your cut
- It sometimes helps to slice your bread at a slight angle (roughly an 80 degree angle) rather than slicing it upright (at a 90 degree angle)
If you can just keep your slicing technique gentle, almost like you’re going back and forth in a “sawing” motion, you’ll have the right technique down in no time.
Step 6. Keep baking and slicing (practice makes perfect)
When it comes to learning how to slice bread thin, nothing beats practice.
So don’t be afraid to bake a lot of loaves of “practice bread”, and get to slicing.
Select your knife. Bake your bread. And keep on slicing.
Slicing your bread thin really is that simple.