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December 13, 2017

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? …

Filed under: BELGIUM,FOOD,PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Sights — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Still inside the supermarket of yesterday’s post I now see a second thing I have never seen before: a machine where customers can slice their own bread.

A different form of the slicer is less unusual, most Dutch barkeries have them, you select your whole loaf and if you don’t want to slice it yourself at home, then you ask the bakery staff to cut it for you on the machine behind the counter.

What is completely different about these two machines is that customers slice their bread themselves: it even has adjustments where you can choose various thicknesses, you choose which setting you want, slice the loaf and then the bag slips over the metal bar that the bread is standing on and everything slides into the bag in one smooth go.

Perfect! I love this idea, the fact that there are two machines and not one must also mean that these get plenty of use.

It would also save time, no need to stand in a queue waiting to have your bread sliced. I think that the main reason bread is only sliced at point of sale is: some people prefer to cut their loaf at home, others not so this saves having two uncut when maybe one customer wants cut the other not, and the uncut bread stay fresher for longer since less air gets around the bread to dry it out. If a household uses less bread they may prefer to slice it as they need it. It’s a way to save waste too, you stock the bread in a form where it can be sold either way then let the customer choose their preference.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Wow hahahaha… what an advancement 😂

    Comment by a n g e l — December 13, 2017 @ 1:02 am | Reply

    • Angel,
      I love it because there is less waste: the customer doesn’t walk away because they wanted uncut bread and the loaf on the shelf was already sliced. Or visa versa. It probably also keeps the bread fresher to cut it just as you need it. I think that it’s the tiny adjustments to modern day living that will help make our environment healthy so even if they save wasting five or ten loaves per day, it adds up to hundreds in a year. I think it’s brilliant to do things like this 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 13, 2017 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  2. It makes me wonder why this is not available where I live. Totally agree with the wisdom of your perspective. Thank-you!

    Comment by Ellen — December 13, 2017 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

    • Ellen
      the best ideas should be available everywhere!

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 14, 2017 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  3. What a nifty device! I wish we had such things here, as many stores sell uncut bread but don’t seem to offer to cut it for you (or it’s not clearly advertised, if they do).

    Comment by Carrie — December 14, 2017 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

    • Carrie,
      Maybe it came about due to customer demand? Who knows… maybe ask, tell them that such machines exist and request they get one of them. You never know what might happen 🙂 They can only say No.

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 14, 2017 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

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