I'm looking at a bread proofer I'd like to have for Christmas. Basically a folding unit that unfolds into a large box one can use to proof loaves of bread much faster. As luck would have it, it's also good for making yogurt and creme fraiche, both things I like and use, and, gee, wouldn't it be nice if I didn't have to pay so much money for them?!
In my search for the best price on the proofer (so I could pass the link along to 'Santa'), I found someone who made mention of an electric slicer they found, and use for slicing bread. The post was rather gushing, and curious mind that I have, I had to check it out.
For me, the only real trouble with homemade bread is getting even slices for toast, sandwiches, etc. Well, an electric bread slicer would do the trick, so I opened up the link, and when I looked at the picture, I saw what appeared to be a meat/cheese slicer. I immediately remembered something I have, tucked way back, in one of my upper cabinets, that looked *very* familiar to the photo; my own meat/cheese slicer, that I almost never use, but have had for going on 15 years.
I pulled it down, gave it a try, and viola! Perfect sliced bread.
This brings a tear to my eye. No more fighting with the clunky slicer we bought a few months ago that has already broken, and required repair! Finish baking a loaf, run it through the slicer, bag it, and I'm good for the week!
Now, back to that proofer...Santa, are you listening? Yes, I want one!