So you’ve bought a fresh spongey loaf of bread home, and you’re often left in a predicament of either finishing an entire loaf of bread in two days or let it go stale. Even the best bread loses its flavor, becomes hard and dry after 48 hours or so. However the good news is, you can actually keep your bread edible for more than a few days! With the right bread-storing methods, you will be able to prevent the dreaded rubbery crust, staleness and mold. Shanghai’s beloved French bakery and restaurant Bread etc has put together a useful guide to teach you how to keep your bread fresh with 6 useful tips, read on below.
Never leave bread in room temperature (20ºC) for more than 2 days. If you live in a place with high humidity, go straight to freezing if you don’t want your bread to mold!
Slice bread from the center so you can push the two halves together as a barrier between the insides of the bread and air.
Wrap your bread with plastic or aluminum foil to trap its moisture. Don’t use a paper bag, as it allows air in that dries the bread!
Better yet, invest in a breadbox. This retro bin was made for storing bread after all! Current ones are typically made of metal as opposed to the traditional wood. Each box can store two loaves.
Put bread in the freezer, not the refrigerator. Refrigeration causes retrogradation, a process by which bread recrystallizes and gets tough. We slice the bread before so you can store it in a zip lock bag and store it in freezer and you can quickly grab a slice in the morning before toasting it or throwing it in the oven.
If the bread does become stale, microwave it for 10s on a moist paper towel to humidify it before putting it in the oven or toaster. This will soften the insides and you can remove the hard edges with a knife.
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