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Making my loaf of bread last longer.

emglow101 Mar 5, 2013 09:51 PM

I always have at least a half a loaf of bread from my local bakery leftover after eating it for a couple days.I always buy the unsliced.It's starting to get stale.I have frozen my bread,or have kept it in the fridge.I'm not sure if this is the best way of keeping it.Any suggestions on making my bread last a little longer? I have made lot's of breadcrumbs and fed the rest to the ducks.

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    sandylc Mar 6, 2013 03:50 PM

    Slice it and freeze it. Take out what you need when you need it.

    1. Motosport Mar 6, 2013 12:31 PM

      I cut the bread into managable pieces (not sliced), put in a good freezer zip lok bag and freeze.
      I'll remove it the night before I need it and put in the fridge to defrost.
      By morning it is defrosted. I slice it and then short time in the toaster oven brings it back to life. The crust is even crusty and not soggy. Works for bagels and bialys too!!

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        Maximilien Mar 6, 2013 03:50 AM

        Never put bread in the fridge.

        3 things :

        0- buy good fresh bread...
        1- put in the freezer as soon as you buy it (you can cut in in manageable chunks before), put in oven before use.
        2- wrap the bread in table cloth (don't know that exact english translation).

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        1. re: Maximilien
          alkapal Mar 6, 2013 03:56 AM

          i'm a proponent of freezing as well.

          table cloth is an interesting suggestion. i'd say maybe a cloth napkin might be good as a substitute. i'd never heard of this suggestion, but will give it a try.

          1. re: Maximilien
            FutureChefAdam Mar 6, 2013 04:36 AM

            I've always put my in the fridge and never really had a problem. I just pull it out and pop it in the over for about 20 minutes and it turns out great.

            Will have to give the freezer a try and see how it compares.

            1. re: FutureChefAdam
              alkapal Mar 6, 2013 04:41 AM

              put your sliced bread in a good heavy freezer bag. when you toast if from frozen, it just thaws it to a nice warm, soft state. toast it longer and you get…toast!

              1. re: alkapal
                FutureChefAdam Mar 6, 2013 05:25 AM

                The restaurants that I've worked at that have had bread shipped in store it in the walk-in refrigerator, but most will get it shipped daily, and use it fresh.

                1. re: FutureChefAdam
                  alkapal Mar 6, 2013 05:37 AM

                  yes..great for restaurants. not so easy for us at home ('cause i am not baking a fresh loaf each day ;-).

          2. almond tree Mar 6, 2013 03:49 AM

            I've heard that keeping bread in the fridge makes it get stale faster. I buy good whole grain, often sourdough bread & get it sliced at the bakery, use what I want for that day, then freeze the rest, well wrapped.
            It's easy & fast to defrost a couple of slices at room temp when I want it.

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