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Bread boxes?

Is there any reason to have a bread box?

Had this conversation today, and none of us could come up with a good reason.

We were talking about storage - either out or in freezer - just never in the fridge.

Since to the best of my knowledge, the boxes just keep the bread out of view. Yet I

remember many people having them while I was young, many years ago.

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  1. Seems like bread boxes started to go out of style about the time preservatives were being put in bread.

    Also, plastic bags seemed to have made the bread box unnecessary. Prior to plastic, bread was usually wrapped in paper that usually seemed to have some wax in it.

    I remember using books of S&H green stamps for a breadbox for my mom's birthday ... it was a different era.

    Surprisingly there are still bread boxes being sold ... even by Williams Sonoma ... for $55.
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

    This sight has a slew of bread boxes with user reviews.
    http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro...

    There's a $100 bread box in that list. The reason seems to keep bread, bagels, baked goods fresher longer and to avoid counter clutter. Someone had a funny comment that it was a good place to stash clutter when freind dropped in unexpectedly.

    I guess it also keeps the bugs away from the bread.

    There are also two schools of thought
    - bread boxes that are air tight
    - bread boxes with holes to allow air to circulate.

    This guy came up with an improvement ... the ultra-voilet breadbox ... scary picture .. like a tanning bed for bread.
    http://www.inventgeek.com/Projects/br...

    Loved this site for kids about comingi up with ideas for science projects ... like "How does light affect the reproduction of bread mold on white bread?"
    http://school.discovery.com/sciencefa...

    So the kid puts a loaf of white bread in a bread box and watches it to see if it molds.

    Why didn't I think of science experiements like that in school? I can do that.

    Tho, if you are opening to box to check for mold ... uh, doesn't that expose it to light?

    1. We have a bread box in our kitchen. We keep our dried fruit caches stashed in it. And nuts. And crackers. And whatever else we don't want to have on the counter but want within reach. It's like a big extra drawer or shelf, actually, now that I think about it, and our Cuisinart Steamer fits nicely on top of it. And the extra cutting boards are tucked behind it, so it's also like a nice cover.

      Now that you mention it, our bread box is really handy. Just not for bread.

      1. I am an avid baker, and live in the desert, have been looking high and low for a bread box that will keep my sourdoughs from losing all their moisture before we have a chance to eat them, thanks for the website!

        1. I keep boxed pasta in mine....the breads out on a counter!!

          1. Thanks for all the interesting responses.