So you’ve made your tasty bread machine made or hand made bread and because you’ve made enough or extra you still have some left over! So how are you going to store your bread?
What About Keeping Bread In The Fridge?
Everyone considers the refrigerator as the one stop solution for keeping extra bread.
However, in reality, keeping bread in a refrigerator is totally ineffective and even redundant! This is because the refrigerator extracts the moisture from the bread, causing dryness and making it go bad three times faster. (Scientifically called ‘Retrogradation). So you should only store bread in the fridge if it is in a sealed bag or container to try to retain as much of the moisture in it as possible.
So How Are You Going To Store bread?
Generally, the most optimum way to extend the life of bread is to keep it well-packaged and in a room temperature, for a day or two. If it is still remaining after two days, you should consider freezing your bread and heat it up again later for that freshly baked taste.
Steps To Secure The Freshness Of Bread
Now we shall be reviewing the steps involved in properly keeping the bread fresh for elongated periods. The steps are simple and once put in action, will prevent your bread from going bad and eventually being wasted.
An air and moisture free packaging will cut any elements which harden your bread and bolster the growth of mold in it. Using a plastic or an aluminium wrap is perfect for this purpose as both of these materials are impermeable. Even if your bread comes with a paper bag, you should still opt for the plastic or aluminium wrap.
If you have sliced bread which usually comes in a plastic packet, then you can keep the bread in the original packaging whilst ensuring proper sealing.
Room Temperature Storage
You can keep the bread in room conditions for up to two days, since the first day of preparing. Note that room temperature is around 20 degrees Centigrade. Points to consider during this stage:
- Prevent exposure of the bread to the sunlight
- Keep it in a cool and moisture free place
- A pantry is a great place to keep the bread in
However, in case your house is in an area with great humidity, you should ignore this step and go on to the next one. This is because the high humidity promotes growth of mould under room temperature.
If you are sure that you will not be able to finish your bread within the next one or two days, then it is wise to freeze it up. Freezing prevents the starch in the bread from maturing and staling the bread.
- While freezing, ensure that the plastic / aluminium bag is freezer friendly, otherwise the bag may break under the cold temperature.
- Label the date of storage on the bag.
- Slice the bread before freezing, if possible. This will help in thawing and heating.
On the off chance that you have frozen your bread, permit it to defrost at room temperature. Remove the plastic or aluminium wrapping and allow the bread to stay in room condition. In the event that you’d like, fresh and crisp bread, put it in the toaster for a couple of minutes (close to 5 minutes) to re-establish the texture. Remember though that bread is useful for crisping only once, after which you are just warming stale bread!
- Avoid putting warm bread in a wrap. The steam makes the bread surface wet and aggravates mould growth.
- Do not put fresh bread inside a wrap.
- Avoid slicing fresh bread. Allow it to rest and cool down.
- Type of bread and the ingredients use affects its aging.
- Be realistic. Old bread will not be 100% the taste quality as that of a fresh bread.