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Toasting bread for crostini ahead of time?

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  • hto44 Dec 12, 2011 06:21 PM
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I would like to toast the bread at home and then assemble the crostini approx. four hours laters when I arrive at my parents house. How should I store the bread after it is toasted? I do not want it to soften too much. I am serving a cold crostini.

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  1. My catering company does this. Keep them in a ziploc bag with the air squeezed out. Wait until they cool completely to put them in the bag or they will steam it up and get soggy. If you want to do it even further before hand, toast them and freeze them in the bags, them dump the toasts into tinfoil and pop that in the oven to heat them up. They won't be quite as nice, but it works alright.

    1. I have tried many times, but have never found a method that works.Slice bread, pack in bags, toast at last minute.

      1. I have several really large old Tupperware containers with proper lids.
        if I was doing it I'd toast off my sliced bread, let it come to a cool temp then put it in the paper towel lined Tupperware and make sure you burp the lid. my cookies stay a great texture this way. they don't soften they don't dry up they stay the same for hours until they're gone :)

        1. I don't think the problem is with them softening but being jaw shatteringly crunchy.

          1. I toast and then store in a Ziploc too. Sometimes they do get too crunchy, but maybe toast a little lighter than you normally would .

            1. I do this all the time. Key is to let them totally cool, then into a ziplock, squeeze the air out and zip up. I just had some yesterday that were two days old and good as new.

              1. If you have a few to contend with, simply use a appropriate container and stack them in. If you have many, then I would simply use a box, like the ones used to hold a case of soda, line it with foil, film, paper towels or a linen napkin....and stack them. Cover and transport. Using a ziplock type plastic bag is a waste of time and I guarantee you will have much more breakage from your hard work.

                When you purchase Crostini pre-made commercially, they arrive in a corrugated box either in a vacuum seal foil bag or simple sealed poly or plastic. The method I have described is essentially the same approach.

                1. Great! Thanks everyone!