How to Increase a Bread's Shelf Life
For those who live alone, you're probably familiar how often food can go to waste if not properly stored. However, it's also impractical to buy single portions of the most perishable foods, such as vegetables, fruits, breads, and dairy products. That's why we're going to discuss one of these perishable items, and teach you ways on how you can lengthen its shelf life.
Here's how to keep bread fresher for longer period of time.
Which Is Better: Room Temperature or the Fridge?
Contrary to popular belief, throwing bread inside the fridge is a wrong move. Although the coolness of the fridge can keep certain food fresh, it's a different story for bread. Doing so will cause moisture, causing the bread to go stale sooner.
Furthermore, putting bread inside the fridge is similar to leaving it at room temperature for 3 days. So, the best move would be, store a loaf of bread in an airtight container. Although, some people do recommend the use of linen bags, because they can be tightly closed.
Consider the Type of Bread
Keep in mind, not all breads have the same shelf life. For instance, French bread goes stale in just a matter of hours. Likewise, crusty bread is only good for a day, that's why it'll be a wrong move to buy one and keep it for days.
How to Handle Freshly-Baked Bread
If you're planning to place a freshly-baked bread inside a plastic bag, you should wait for it to cool down first. The warmth of bread will make it soggy if you store it right away.
You can store your bread even after its “best before” date by putting them inside the freezer. Believe it or not, it can last for up to 3 months, if stored properly. Here's how you should do it:
Step 1: Slice the Loaf of Bread
If you're going to store a loaf of bread, it's best to slice it first. That way, you don't need to slice it anymore during the reheating process-- this can be really difficult.
Step 2: Wrap the Bread
You can either use aluminum foil or plastic to wrap your bread. It'll trap the bread's moisture and prevent it from getting dry and hard. Likewise, using plastic bags can help in avoiding freezer burn.
Step 3: The Reheating Processing
When you're ready to use the bread, allow it to thaw at room temperature. Then, remove the freezer wrapping and place it inside a preheated oven.
For unsliced Artisanal bread, leave it unwrapped with the cut side
face-down. This technique will help in keeping the crispiness of the
bread's crust. On the other hand, if exposed to the air, it'll go
stale in just a matter of hours.
Reheating should only be done once to restore its crisp. After that,
you'll just reheating stale bread.
Wrapped bread should be stored in its original packaging, tightly
sealed with a twist tie or knot. If stored this way, it can last for
3-5 days at room temperature.
There you have it. These are some of the most effective ways on how you can retain the freshness of the bread. Visit www.breadmakerbargains.com for additional practical tips on bread making that you can use.