Keep crusty bakery bread in its original paper sleeve. Do not put it in a plastic bag, as it will retain too much moisture and become spongy. To prevent bakery bread from drying out, save the end piece and use it as an end protector. You can also place the bread cut end down on a breadboard.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic wrap
- Freezer bags
- Bread box
Freshly baked bread that will be eaten immediately can be wrapped in a clean towel and kept on a breadboard.
Keep sliced store bought sandwich bread it in its original plastic packaging to help the bread to retain moisture. It should be stored at room temperature in a cool dark place. Sunlight will cause bread to dry out, and if it is in a humid place, it will grow mold.
Bread keepers are the ideal place for keeping bread for up to a week. They maintain the cool dark atmosphere that bread needs. While a wood, metal, or clay breadbox is ideal, in areas where bugs are abundant, a plastic bread keeper that allows bread to breathe is a good option.
For long-term storage, wrap pre-sliced bread in plastic wrap with the air removed and put it in the freezer. It is difficult to slice bread after it has been frozen. It will keep for three to four months.
Tips & Warnings
- Breads stored in the refrigerator become stale at a faster rate as it causes the starch molecules to crystallize.
- Never put warm bread in plastic, as it will become soggy.
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