Keep Your Bread Fresh With These Tips

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When it’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, bread is the best thing since, well, the sliced version of itself. Bringing home a loaf from the bakery, farmers market, or grocery store comes with the dreams of soft slices and crispy toast. Here’s how to keep your bread at its best. 

Store It Safely

The place you store your bread is super important. Avoid spots like above the fridge where it’s too warm, or near the dishwasher where it’s too moist. Opt for somewhere cool and dry, and use a bread bin if you have one as they have small holes which allow air to circulate and keep the bread from molding.

Paper Over Plastic

Most bakeries sell their bread in paper bags and there is a reason that goes beyond the charming aesthetic. Storing bread in plastic bags encourages mold to grow. Instead, keep your loaf in a paper bag on the countertop and eat it within two to three days. 

Freeze It

Freezing is the best way to keep you loaf fresh for the longest time. Wrap it tightly in a freezer bag, either whole or sliced, and defrost it overnight in the fridge when needed. You can also “re-bake” the bread by popping it in the oven at 325F for 25-30 minutes.