Prevent your bread from getting rock hard and keep it as fresh as possible by storing it the right way; and if you have already lost that beautiful crispy texture on the outside and soft on the inside, we also share some Simple techniques to quickly soften it and bring it back to life.
Don’t refrigerate it!
The first rule to maintain it and maintain its quality is not to refrigerate it. The refrigerator is a wonderful preservative for your vegetables, meats, and drinks, but not your bread. Chilled bread can age up to six times faster than bread on the counter. If it is an option to save bread from brands that have preservatives, it is not for your fresh, artisan and homemade bread.
In a bread box
If you will eat it in the first two days you can store it at room temperature. Stores in a bread box or paper bag to reduce moisture loss while allowing the crust to remain crisp.
A bread box allows a moisture balance for a smooth interior; while air circulation will keep your cover crisp.
Avoid filling the box with bread because there will be a higher level of humidity.
Do not store the bread in the bread box in a paper bag or it will trap more moisture and damage the crust.
Important: Do not store it at room temperature in a plastic bagsince this encourages mold.
Freezing is the best!
Freezing bread is the best way to preserve it with its crispy crust and soft interior. You delay aging and by reheating it your starches will make it bulky. You can store it in the freezer for up to six months.
Freeze in individual slices if you’re not planning to reheat it all at once. It wraps very well in a zip-lock bag, removing as much air as possible. Thaw at room temperature or place it directly in the toaster or oven.
How to soften a hard bread?
As long as your bread is not too old, the hardening can easily reversed. You can do it in the conventional oven like in the microwave, the second option being the fastest.
In the oven: Preheat oven to 200 ° F or warm setting. Wrap the bread in a damp towel (without soaking) and place it on a baking sheet for 5-10 minutes.
In the microwave: Wrap the bread in a damp towel (without soaking), and place on a microwave-safe plate. Heat at high temperature for 10 seconds. Repeat the time if necessary.
You can also choose to take advantage of hard bread like bread pudding, French toast or gazpacho: Do not throw it away! 5 ways to take advantage of hard bread
Easy recipe: microwave pudding
- 1 tablespoon of margarine or butter
- 3 slices of bread (can be sliced and wholemeal)
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, finely packed
- 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1⁄4 cup 1% or fat-free milk
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Spread butter on the bread and cut into small cubes.
- Combine butter and sliced bread, brown sugar, and raisins in a 1-quart microwaveable bowl.
- In another microwave container or measuring container, mix eggs, milk, salt, and vanilla.
- Microwave the mixture on high for 2 to 3 minutes until hot, but not simmering.
- Pour the contents over the bread mixture and mix gently.
- Cook the uncovered mixture in the microwave at medium temperature (50%) for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the edges are firm and the center is almost completely cooked.
- Let the pudding sit for 10 minutes before serving.
You can eat it hot or cold, accompanied by milk or coffee.