Bread is a basic product that exists in different forms, made of different types of flour and is an inseparable part of many people's diets. Some people bake their own bread and pastries while others buy them at the supermarket or bakery, but all bread poses the same problem; how do you keep it fresh and tasty for longer?
Usually, 24 hours after the end of the baking process, bread loses its crispness and taste, and many people just accept this situation instead of realizing that they may be storing it in unsuitable conditions. That’s why we've put together a number of methods to help you keep your bread fresh for longer than usual.
2 ways and 5 methods to keep bread fresh
This is the most common method of keeping the bread fresh on the shelf or in the pantry, and for it to be as effective as possible, you need to know what kind of wrapping you should use on different types of bread.
One of the most effective ways to keep the bread fresh out of the freezer is to store it in a wooden or tin box with an appropriate lid that allows air and gases to be released from the box. If you want to provide your bread with double the protection, you should wrap it in a cloth or paper bag while storing inside a bread box. The box should be placed in a dark, dry and cool place.
Storing bread in the freezer is considered the most efficient method of all and there are a number of good and easy ways to implement this storage method which will help us keep our bread fresh over time.
If you choose to store bread in the freezer, it is best to double wrap it in plastic to prevent the penetration of unpleasant odors and to prevent the formation of freezer burn on the bread.
The reason why it is not recommended to keep a whole loaf of bread in the freezer stems from the fact that it is very difficult, even almost impossible, to slice frozen bread. This action is dangerous because the center of the bread is an area that contains some liquids that freeze into a block of ice which can cause the knife to slide when pressure is applied. In addition, if you want to eat only a few slices of bread, you’ll need to thaw the whole loaf, which will lead to the beginning of the aging of the bread again, after which it is also not recommended to freeze whatever is left. Therefore, freezing the whole loaf is only recommended if you plan on eating it all in one sitting, however, it’s always better to freeze bread that has been sliced, which leads us directly to the next efficient method.
Freezing bread in slices is the best way to keep bread fresh for a long time, because if you want to eat a few slices of bread, you don’t need to thaw the entire loaf, only to get the desired amount. Here are tips to help you do this effectively:
Ziplock bags are commonly found in many homes, and in order to store slices of bread in such a bag all you’ll need is a simple plastic straw and to do the following.
1. Put the bread slices into the bag and arrange them one on top of the other, no more than 3-4 slices - depending on the size of the bag.
2. Put half of the length of the drinking straw in the bag and zip the bag closed as much as you can without removing the straw.
3. Hold the bag in the area of the closing strip, place the straw in your mouth and suck the air out of the bag forming a vacuum.
4. Remove the straw and quickly close the seal.
5. Now that the bag contains only a small amount of air and is sealed, put it in the freezer until use.
When bread sizes are frozen, the slices stick together, and when separated, they sometimes break or crumble. It is therefore advisable to use the following method, which will allow you to freeze a loaf of sliced bread as a single unit but will still allow you to separate as many slices as you want:
1. Take parchment paper and cut it into equal sized squares slightly larger than the size of a slice of bread.
2. Remove the bread slices from the bag in which they’re stored, and place a piece of parchment paper between each slice.
3. Return the bread with the parchment paper back into the bag - it is recommended, but not mandatory, to remove the air from the bag - and put it in the freezer until your next use.
4. When you want a few slices of bread, simply remove the amount you want easily by separating them without having the stick to each other.
5. Place the papers aside to dry (they will be slightly damp at first), so you can use them again in your next loaf of bread.
It is not recommended to freeze bread that has already been thawed.