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Where do you keep your bread?

I'm just wondering where folks keep a loaf of bread. I keep mine in the fridge because I assume that keeps it fresh longer. If you keep it in a bread box, how long before it goes stale?

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  1. I don't really eat bread (sliced) very often, but purchased one last week to make a romesco sauce. As the loaf will probably be around forever, I just stuck it in the freezer. If we do choose to eat it at a later point, we'll probably toast it.

    1. In a breadbox. Keeps better than in the fridge, anywhere from a few days to a week depending on the type of bread. For a scientific explanation of why you should never refrigerate bread, see http://www.cooksillustrated.com/foods...

      Only exception is if I have a really fresh crusty bread, in which case I just keep it in a paper bag on the counter. In the breadbox the crust becomes soft or chewy very quickly. Of course, that means the bread doesn't keep as long, but while it does it's great!

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      1. re: BobB

        I, too, use a breadbox. An old school one I purchased at the antiques store, but I had been in the habit of tossing the loaf into the fridge if we didn't get through it within a week or so. Thanks for the link. From now on I will jsut go ahead and freeze it instead. Good to know...

        1. re: BobB

          BobB, I appreciate the link but it won't let me view it unless I sign up with a credit card and I'm not going to go through all that trouble. Is there any way you could just give us the gist of it?

          1. re: JayAaroBe

            Sorry - it was an open site when I posted the link nearly three years ago. I don't recall the nitty-gritty details, but the bottom line is that refrigerating bread will make it go stale faster. The only time you should do it is if you're in a hot, humid climate with no AC and no cool, dark alternative place to store your bread.

            The same is not true of freezing bread, as long as it's tightly sealed.

        2. We keep sliced, packaged bread in a long, clear plastic bread box shaped like a loaf of bread. Or, in the summer, we'll keep it in the refrigerator to keep it from going moldy within a couple of days of purchase. (Gotta love those hot, humid, summer days in the city - and no A/C in the kitchen.)

          Good, crusty bread, we keep in a paper bag on the kitchen counter. It's just the two of us and we don't usually buy more than we can eat in a day or two.

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          1. re: Deenso

            You'd actually be better off keeping it in the freezer rather than the refrigerator - see the link in my post above. Individual slices thaw very quickly, just toast then for 10 seconds or so.

            1. re: BobB

              Bob, I looked at the link, but I have one more question; do you take the bread out of the original plastic wrapper, then wrap in foil and then put in a freezer bag? I hate throwing bread out, and even though I keep it on the breadbox, we just don't eat enough of it, and it ends up spoiling.

              1. re: danhole

                I've never seen the point of the foil. All that wrapping and unwrapping to take out a slice or two breaks the foil and it doesn't provide any additional protection for the brad.
                I buy artisanal breads so they go right into a freezer (heavy) slide-type ziplock and right into the freezer. I've never had any problem at all.

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            1. Hi ajs228, we just keep our sliced bread in the freezer as we don't go through a loaf quickly. A quick pop into the toaster to defrost or toast makes it come out tasting wonderfully fresh. For artisinal loaves, I preheat my pizza stone in the oven for thirty minutes then defrost the loaf on the counter, and put on the stone until the crust gets nice and crunchy.