It is time to make a bunch of sandwiches or cook up french toast for a crowd. You bought all the ingredients and you are hoping you have enough slices to feed everyone. Depending on the brand and type of loaf, you may be wondering how many slices are in a loaf of bread. Loaves between 16-24 ounces yield many slices of bread and up to 12 sandwiches each.
An average store-bought sandwich bread tends to have the most slices per loaf. A standard loaf of specialty pieces of bread or types like rye, pumpernickel, or sourdough Whereas, homemade bread in a loaf pan or bread machine will yield the fewest slices of bread. Bakery fresh bread can come unsliced and you may be able to request thin or thick slices. All of these have different slices per loaf so read on to find out exactly how many are in each.
How Much Does a Loaf of Bread Weigh?
The weight of a standard loaf is nearly 566g or 1 & ¼ pounds. An average-sized loaf of bread in the United States weighs about 20-22oz. This pertains to standard white or wheat loaves of bread like Wonder, Sare Lee, Home Pride, & store brands like Safeway Select or Wal-Mart Great Value.
How Much Does a Slice of Bread Weigh?
The weight of a standard slice of bread is 25-45g. A typical slice of white or wheat commercially produced bread weighs on average 38 grams. Heavier or more dense bread like rye, sourdough, or multi-grain with seeds will weigh more. Chewy dense bread tends to weigh on average about 42g per slice.
How Many Slices in Different Loaves of Bread?
Depending on the size and brand of the loaf of bread you bake or purchase, the number of slices it will yield will differ. Though there is a standard range. Sliced bread tends to come in loaves that have anywhere from 16-26 slices of bread.
Wonder Bread famously coined itself in Canada as having no fewer "than 26 slices in a loaf." Other loaves may have 20-24 slices per loaf. We love the wide pan Oroweat which tends to be a shorter loaf. All their loaves like country white, country potato, whole wheat, & healthy multi-grain have 16 slices of bread. Each slice is 43g in weight.
Standard White Sandwich Bread
For traditional white bread that has been commercially produced, a loaf has 26 to 28 slices. The processed soft white bread does not tend to crumble as much as other types. This allows it to be sliced thin. Therefore, white bread typically has more slices per loaf than other types of bread.
I buy keto white bread and the slices may be smaller in width and height but they tend to be the same thickness. The loaves are expensive even at Costco so I like to know how many sandwiches I am getting in each loaf. That way I can make many Keto Monte Cristo sandwiches to enjoy.
Loaf of Sourdough Sandwich or Round Bread
Sourdough bread is denser than white bread. Each slice tends to weigh about 29 grams or 2 ounces. For large round loaves of sourdough, large slices from the wide center can weigh even more. Each round loaf of sourdough can have between 16-18 slices. For sourdough sandwich loaves, each typically has 22 slices of bread.
Rye, Pumpernickel, & Other Loaves of bread
Rye and pumpernickel bread tends to come in shorter loaves than standard white sandwich bread. However, they are dense and can be sliced very thin. A typical loaf of rye or pumpernickel bread will yield about 14-16 slices.
Thick sliced bread like Texas toast and others have fewer slices per loaf. Each loaf will normally have 16 slices per loaf.
Homemade or Bread Machine Breads
When baking homemade bread for sandwiches or toast, you get fewer slices than a store-bought loaf. An 8×4-sized homemade loaf will yield about 12 slices. A loaf that is baked in a 9×5 yields 16 slices. That is with each slice weighing about 1 ounce or 28g.
Bread machines yield square-like shaped homemade loaves. They typically weigh 1-2 pounds depending on the recipe you use or the size of your machine. When you slice your own bread, it is hard to get it very thin unless using an electric bread knife. Most hand-sliced loaves of bread made using a bread machine yields 8 slices per pound loaf. A 2-pound loaf of Bread Machine Bread has 16 slices in it.
Sandwiches per Loaf of Bread
Depending on your kind or brand of the loaf, how many sandwiches you get out of each loaf will vary. A standard loaf of white bread, such as Wonder bread, will make 13 sandwiches including using the ends. A short loaf of rye or pumpernickel bread will make 7-8 sandwiches. A homemade recipe using a bread machine will make 4 sandwiches from a 1-pound loaf.
Whatever you do, make sure you save a few slices of that bread. You will want to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich ever. This Grilled Cheese with Figs & Hot Honey is sweet, spicy, savory, and sticky!