It isn’t rocket science, but figuring out the number of slices in a loaf of bread can be tricky.
Whether you get your bread from a local bakery unsliced, go for the grocery store stuff or make your own at home, there are infinite ways to slice it!
Depending on what recipe you’re working with, the size of a bread slice is crucial.
Bread for morning toast will be different from slices for a hearty sandwich, which will differ in size from bite-sized appetizers or big chunks to dunk in soup.
To enjoy your bread to the max, you should know the best slices for every scenario!
Let’s look into the reasoning behind how most bread is sliced, and give you some insight on why you should make the most out of every piece.
Slice your own
The first thing that hits you when walking into the neighborhood bakery is the unbeatable smell of fresh bread.
The walls are lined with beautiful boules, baguettes, and sometimes other crazy creations.
It’s one of the great joys of life to take home a bread loaf that was baked just hours before and hear the sound of that magical crust crackle in your hands.
But once you finally get that loaf on your kitchen cutting board, you may not know the best way to slice it, and there’s no guarantee every slice will be the same.
That’s totally okay, and “eyeballing it” part of the fun with unsliced bread.
But here are some basic expectations you should keep in mind when slicing:
- The classic French Baguette is long and skinny, and slicers should expect to get 20 to 25 pieces out of each loaf, according to the Food Network.
- If you want to use a scale to guide your hand, try to get each slice to weigh around 1 ounce apiece.
- You can go lighter on airy sourdoughs, ciabattas, and focaccias, but it’s acceptable to go over the 1-ounce mark with ryes, multigrain and other dense bread.
- Boules vary in size and shape, but if you “rotate” the loaf as you slice, you can get pretty close to uniform slices, as demonstrated by Cooks Illustrated.
- If you have your heart set on toast, make sure you don’t go too thick. Slices over one inch in width may not get a full cook from inside out.
- French toast slices should be a bit thicker since they need to absorb egg withstand some extra heat in the pan.
Remember, there really aren’t any strict rules for slicing, and all the great culinary innovations come from chefs thinking outside the box!
If you want to make wedges for appetizers or hearty blocks to dip in soup, by all means, go ahead. If your favorite sandwich demands super-thick slices, nothing is stopping you.
Creativity and flexibility are the great advantages of buying bread whole or making your own, not to mention the fact it is often far fresher.
Don’t have the patience or the skill to make your loaves at home? There is hope!
You can upgrade your kitchen technology to get uniform slices every time. Investing in a bread machine and a home bread slicer is a path to perfection.
According to an article from Reader’s Digest, a 8x4 inch machine-baked loaf will give you roughly 12 slices, while a 9x5 will yield 16 slices on average.
Remember that these estimates include the “heels” of the bread, so if you’re against those end pieces for any reason (we get it), you should factor in a smaller yield.
But for the majority of us home cooks and bakery-goers, we’re totally fine with going by instinct and not getting obsessed with exact shapes and weights.
Best thing since sliced
Sliced bread is rightly considered the mark of modernity, and for good reason! It helps us make perfect sandwiches and identical pieces of toast without any guesswork.
Most bread buyers in the West are accustomed to grabbing a pre-sliced loaf from the grocery store shelves.
The big advantage is that you never have to break out the bread knife from your cabinet, and you can easily grab however many slices you need without hesitation.
So how many slices are usually in each storebought loaf?
The experts over at Bread Newbie state that in every standard loaf of sandwich bread, there are between 20 and 24 uniform slices.
Sometimes specialty bread such as Texas Toast will boost up the size of each slice, leaving you with around 16 per bag, even though the overall volume of the loaf is the same.
The other advantage of sliced bread is you get an exact read on the nutritional value of each slice, as this is mapped out on the back of the bag.
Every manufacturer has its own set of standards for slicing, and it can leave us bread lovers confused when we have to track calories, carbs, and other key metrics.
When making your own bread, you may need to break out the kitchen scale and the calculator to figure out exactly how much nutritional value is in a piece.
There’s an old saying that “what gets measured gets managed”, and this applies perfectly to tracking macronutrients in bread.
The more accurately you can determine the carbs, fats, protein, and fiber in each slice, the more likely you are to hit your health goals and avoid falling off track.
More people every day are committing to lifestyle changes like keto, which is a phenomenal way to shed extra pounds by shifting the body into fat-burning mode.
Other diets like South Beach and Atkins may not be the latest trends, but they have still been proven methods to help folks lose weight. Tracking macros is a key part of each method.
You don’t need to be training for a bodybuilding competition or looking for an Instagram fitness sponsorship to take macronutrients seriously!
It is one of the most simple and effective ways to ensure you stay on track with any health goals, whether building muscle, burning fat, or just maintaining a good BMI.
We know that bread has earned a bit of a bad rap in recent years, and the diets we described above are responsible for many people turning away from it.
The truth is that most storebought loaves are high in processed ingredients and have high glycemic index scores, meaning the sugars contained in each slice are quickly converted into sugar that absorb fast into the bloodstream.
That means you are more likely to put on weight if you don’t actively burn that glucose, and it takes a lot of work to fight those big carb overloads if you eat 2 or 3 slices a day.
One slice of bread weighing it at 30 grams can pack more than 15g of carbs, making it almost impossible to wage war on excess sugars.
Standard keto protocol says that carbs should comprise no more than 5% carbohydrates, meaning that just one slice of bread can throw off your goals.
That’s why our Superfood bread is the perfect way to bring bread back into the rotation without sacrificing your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Each slice of this amazing bread contains only 2 net carbs, meaning you can enjoy a piece at every meal and still keep that perfect macronutrient balance throughout the day.
Many folks ask why our bread isn’t pre-sliced, and it comes down to maintaining taste and texture without the use of preservatives found in so many store-bought loaves.
Our Superfood bread comes with precise instructions on how to get even slices every time, making sure you don’t throw off your diet or mess up your inventory.
In other words, our loaves are designed to put your bread consumption on autopilot, meaning you’ll never have to rely on chance to get the nutrients you need.
For anyone diving into the keto lifestyle or just looking to cut back on carbs, this may just be the best invention since sliced bread, and we don’t use that expression lightly!
Hopefully, we’ve solved some of the mysteries surrounding sliced bread and how it differs from unsliced loaves.
It’s ultimately up to you to determine which approach is better for your tastes and health goals.
When tracking macros, it’s crucial to know the nutritional content in every slice, but occasionally it’s fun to just break into a fresh-baked loaf and have at it!
If you want to sharpen your bread knife skills and commit to a healthier way of living, we encourage you to try our Superfood bread today.
People across the country are singing its praises on social media and beyond.
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