Ever wonder why your bread easily gets stale? Are you confused about where to store it? It cannot be helped that you can have leftover bread at home. Unlike other pastries, however, where the rule of storing is as easy as putting them straight to the 3rd tray of the fridge, safekeeping your bread can be done in more ways than one. If you are on the lookout for information, here is a great one. You can find fresh bread at your closest Publix Bakery.
If it is longer-lasting bread you want, ditch the pre-sliced loaves. It may sound a lucrative choice as it saves you time but a bread’s shelf life significantly diminishes when sliced. Buy a whole loaf instead and only slice off what you can consume. Store the remaining portion by placing the exposed end on a cutting board or a sealed paper bag to allow it to breath. Ditch this rule though for baguettes.
When to Freeze
If there is a need to store bread for a longer period of time, freeze it. Do make sure to wrap it carefully so it can retain moisture. Thaw it completely and when unwrapped let it be settled at room temperature. This will help the moisture to be reabsorbed. Reheat for 5-10mins in an oven at 350-deg to retain its fresh glory.
Ditch the Fridge
If you can, ditch the thought of storing bread in a fridge. Starch molecules can get skewed due to the rapidly changing temperature of refrigerators. If you have no other choice, reheated bread should be eaten immediately so it will not go stale. Be reminded that bread stored in the fridge when reheated can break down in an hour or two.
When baking your own bread, remember to let it cool first before eating. This allows the bread to cool down thereby making moisture to move towards the crust. Try to cool your bread for at least 10-15 minutes to ensure a perfect balance between the inner core and the outer crust.