5 Ways to Keep Bread from Going Stale

It's just a fact: the best breads die young. For this reason, we all wondered how to keep the bread fresh at one time or another.

And although there are many options for storing these beautiful bakery breads (which, since they contain only flour, yeast and water, may become empty almost immediately), some of these options Are better than others.

So here's the best way to keep bread fresh, plus some backup plans.
5 Ways to Keep Bread from Going Stale
5 Ways to Keep Bread from Going Stale
1. Freeze your bread

Freezer bread is by far the best way to keep it in the exact condition you bought it from: crusty crust, mild interior. Freezing considerably slows down the process of staling, and-bonus! - Heat the bread in an oven or toaster re-gelatinizes the starches and makes the bread elastic and chewed again. Place your bread in a sealed zipper bag, removing as much air as possible and slide it into the freezer. When you are ready to eat, take it out and put it in the oven to restart. The bread can be frozen for two to three months.

Oh, and here's a tip if you like toast: slice the bread before freezing it, then show the individual slices in the toaster to defrost them.

In fact, even if you do not want slices, it's a good idea to distribute the bread in some larger rooms if you do not plan to eat whole bread in one sitting. Deicing and warming damage only one bread.

2. Store your bread in a bread box

This is not a freezer, but a good bread box creates an environment that balances the moisture (what you want for a gentle interior) and the air circulation (which you need to maintain a crisp crust) . A large box is better because it will allow maximum air circulation. Some recommend ceramics, but there are also varieties of bamboo and enamel. The more bread you put in the bread box, the higher the humidity level, do not overfill the box. And avoid storing the bread in a paper bag in the bread box, this will trap moisture and destroy the crust.

3. Wrap your bread in sheet or plastic

Storing your bread on the counter in a plastic bag or wrapped in inflated paper will help prevent it from emptying, but be warned: the crust will suffer due to trapped moisture. (The toasting of the bread will bring back some of the crunchy texture of the crust).

4. Do not refrigerate!

The refrigerator, this miraculous 20th century food preservative that keeps our celery crisp and our milk cooled, is actually the last place where your bread belongs. According to Harold McGee, author of On Food & Cooking, chilled bread can harden up to six times faster than bread on the counter. That is, unless you are looking to store a commercial bread roll, that will have preservatives that will keep it "fresh." In this case, keeping the bread in the refrigerator is a good choice as it will prevent mold and drought.

5. Note: Not all breads are the same

Breads with added fat, such as challah and brioche, will take longer to lose, while a baguette - due to its narrow shape and lack of fat - is an extreme case and goes very quickly. It really should be eaten the day it is cooked.

And you know what? Despite your best efforts, the bread will occasionally be lost. The good news is that there is plenty of delicious things to do with bread that has passed its peak. Make this panzanella friendly! Make pappa al pomodoro! Or simply create a lot of croutons, that you do not have to worry too much about being flawed, because they are already already.


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