With all the kinds of bread out there, it’s hard to know how best to store bread to allow you to keep it as long as possible before it goes bad. Whether it is sandwich bread you buy sliced or hard crusty bread you buy at the bakery or even homemade bread you make yourself. Find out how to store bread to allow you to enjoy it as long as possible.
Tips on How to Store Bread:
1) You should keep the bread you plan to eat in the upcoming days at room temperature (68 degrees F). It should be kept away from direct sunlight and in a cool and dry place. A cupboard or pantry works well for bread storage.
2) Even though many people think the best way to keep bread the longest is to keep it cold, don’t put bread in the fridge. Studies have shown that the moisture is drawn out of the bread more quickly and the bread so it becomes stale faster.
3) One key to bread storage is knowing what kind of container different types of bread should be stored in. Generally speaking, if you buy bread, the bread is already in the kind of container it should be in for proper storage.–Sandwich bread that is pre-sliced should be stored in a plastic bag.–Artisanal bread, or bread with a harder crust should be stored in a in paper bag. Crusty bread can turn spongy in a damp plastic bag.
4) Protect the sliced end of a fresh baked bread with foil. Even if kept in a paper bag, the foil will keep the exposed section of bread from getting hard.
5) If you ever purposely purchase or end up with more bread than you think will be eaten before it might go bad, the excess bread should be frozen.
Tips on Freezing Bread:
If the bread is not already sliced, it’s best to slice before freezing as sometimes hard to cut thawed bread.
When freezing bread, place in freezer bag, squeeze out the air and seal, or you can wrap the slices with heavy duty foil. When you are ready to thaw frozen bread, you should do so at room temperature. Remove the freezer wrapping and let sit out until thaw. You can put in the oven or toaster for a few minutes to restore the crustiness of the bread, but don’t reheat more than once.
Everything about bread storage is kind of a personal preference, but these are some guidelines you can try out and see what works best for you.