The Verlobter and I live very close to several grocery stores and have developed some criteria for determining which store to venture forth to when we need to restock our absurd supply of yogurt and processed meatstuffs. Our most important consideration is whether or not the store is equipped with a bread slicer.
“Why not just buy pre-sliced bread?” you ask, “Is that something the Germans don’t believe in?”
They have pre-sliced, American-style sandwich bread – referred to just as “toast” despite not being toasted, sometimes with an American flag on the label. But, why buy the sugary, soft, white stuff when you can have hearty, brown German bread fresh from the bakery section and sliced right before you use it for optimal freshness?
Because the slicer is freaking terrifying if you’ve never seen it before.
You do get used to it – I have used it on my own on occasion when picking up bread while the Verlobter was at work. And fresh bread is nice and cheap. I have no idea what the nutritional stats are, but it looks healthier than pre-sliced sandwich bread.
You could, theoretically, buy the bread yourself and slice it at home. We’ve tried that before because we made the mistake of buying bread from one of the non-slicer stores. I’m sure it keeps the bread fresher longer, but we need something to put our process meatstuffs on and we don’t want to work for it.