What Kind of Bag Keeps Bread the Freshest?

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Bread will stay the freshest if it is kept in a thin, clear bag that has no writing on it. Prevent air from getting to bread, but allow in the light. Learn more about storing bread properly with information from an executive chef in this free video on food storage.

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Hi, my name is Paege Chafin and I'm the owner and executive chef for Roman Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida and today we're going to talk about the best way to keep your bread fresh or the best bag to keep your bread fresh. Bread comes in a very thin bag, as you know when you see it in the store and if you go to a bakery, the bag you get has no printing or labels on the outside. It's just a very, very thin bag. They do it that way for two reasons. One, bread gets used so quickly that a thick bag is is not cost effective and the other is the thinner the bag, the more light the bread can get without getting air. Air is what will kill your bread, make it go bad, make it mold, make it taste funny, make you want to cut the crust off. Nobody really wants to cut the crust off unless somebody asks you to. When you buy bread in the store, it comes in a very, very thin flexible bag, mmm-kay? If you go to the bakery, the professional bakery, you'll get a bag with no labels or paint on it. That is the best bag to store your bread in. The thicker the bag, the less light can get to your bread and light is good. As you can see, you want it supple, but not wet but you also want to have a crust if your bread has crust, k? So you want to make sure that your bread can see the light of day but if you have the butt, the bag too thick, the bread won't be able to do that. Yes, it will keep out the air, but it won't keep, it will also keep out the light and light is good for bread. The yeast needs to rise and it needs to breathe, so remember, thin bag, no writing. That is the best way to keep your bread fresh and my name is Paege Chafin and I'm from a Roman Gardens Restaurant in St. Pete, Florida. Have a great day.

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