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Klutzy but does the job, I guess
on November 9, 2008
This really is the sort of gizmo that you see "advertised on tv" and it is a good idea, but poorly executed. Yes, it holds bread, and is adjustable, and has a little vent. And you can see through the plastic to see how much is left. The two halves are klutzy to pull apart and reassemble, easy enough to do but it requires lots of room and is sort of crude. Nothing elegant about this design.
If you bake, be aware that fresh bread will fog up the plastic even after it has cooled for two hours, the bread loses its crunchy crust in a matter of a day or so, and the little white platform for the bread easily scars with use of the bread knife. You will probably choose to use a separate cutting board to avoid damaging it further.
You can adjust the little dial to control the amount of air holes that are open, but I am not sure it really makes a difference. The two halves do not make an airtight seal and allow air in and out regardless of the setting on the dial.
The question really is what is out there that is better. Like a nonstick broiling pan that can take the heat, this is cook's need that is still unmet. A bread box that keeps bread fresh and crispy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside.
I continue to dream.