Bread is a staple food that most people consume on a daily basis. It is a simple, tasty, and hearty food. Who doesn’t love a sandwich with cheese for breakfast? You can even take it with you wherever you go because it’s a tasty and convenient snack that doesn’t require the use of a knife or fork. We can talk about the benefits of bread for a long time, but one major problem often arises when it comes to it. How to keep the freshness and flavor of this basic product, since it often gets damp in the kitchen in winter and quickly turns into a cracker in summer. In today’s article, we’ll help you out by giving you some valuable tips on how to make bread last longer!
Bread can spoil for a number of reasons. In general, the shelf life is usually no more than three days. If you observe certain standard conditions, it is possible to extend this period by a maximum of 2-3 days more. But in fact, the bread that spoils fastest is made without the addition of preservatives found in harmful foods. The shelf life of the product is greatly influenced by the production process: the fermentation stages, the addition of sugars and fats and the combination of different flours. Bear in mind that there are many factors that influence how long it will be fresh before mould starts to appear on it. Check out some valuable tips on how to store your loaf at home so that it tastes delicious and stays crispy on the outside and soft on the inside for as long as possible!
Essential tips for bread storage
There are a few basic rules to follow if you want to keep bread fresh for longer. Here they are:
1. Make sure the place where it is stored has free access to oxygen. Check that the breadbox you are using for storage does not close too tightly. This can be one of the reasons why your bread often loses its pleasant appearance quickly.
2. Store it away from warm and humid places. It is also important to observe this rule, as bread is baked on a yeast base. The temperature should be kept to a maximum of 21°C (79°F). You know that high temperature and humidity are the ideal environment for mould growth.
3. It is necessary to remove all possible sources of mould that are likely to affect the freshness. To do this, clean the breadbox or storage bags regularly. It is a good idea to wash the breadbox once a week with a mild vinegar and water solution.
How to properly store bread at home?
Once you buy a loaf of bread, you need to remove it from its original packaging when you get home. If it is wrapped in paper, it should not be closed tightly. This is because otherwise the loaf will quickly become stale. And it is actually best to use natural cloth (linen or cotton) to wrap it in. These fabrics let oxygen in and allow the food to breathe. If you have a breadbox at home, you should store the bread without wrapping. It is also not advisable to store different types in the same box. Let’s now take a detailed look at how and where you can store bread so that it stays fresh for longer!
Storing in the fridge or freezer
You can store bread in the fridge without hesitation, it is even recommended. As already mentioned, high temperatures are conducive to mould formation, so low temperatures will prevent this. In addition, this method greatly extends freshness to about 7 days. If you store bread this way, it is best to keep it in a paper wrapper. The plastic it is sold with will create condensation and therefore the opposite effect. It is also worth bearing in mind that if the bread is still hot, you need to wait for it to cool before putting it in the fridge.
You can also store it in the freezer for up to 1 month. Make sure the packaging is airtight all round. Keep in mind that once you thaw it, you will need to eat it within a few hours.
Storage in a breadbox
The standard way to store bread is to use a box. It can be made of different materials. In the market you will see that there are wooden, plastic, ceramic, glass and even wicker. You will decide which one you like and goes with your kitchen interior. Just keep in mind that it needs to close well, but also keep the moisture inside so that the loaf stays fresh for a long time. Also, if you are storing multiple types of bread, it will be best to find a box with dividers, so you can separate them from each other. Make sure that all the mechanisms work as they should, before you purchase it. One little trick we want to share with you is that bread will stay flavorful and fresh for a long time if you place a slice of apple in the container where it is stored.