Slightly stale bread is great for stuffing or French toast, but really stale bread is just bird food. From baguettes to dinner rolls, here's a quick look at how you can keep your bread fresh as the day you bought it.
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Bread.com, an authority on baked goodies, says there's more to keeping bread fresh than just tossing a tightly-wrapped loaf on a pantry shelf and hoping for the best. Refrigerators suck away freshness faster than you can say "peanut butter and jam", for example, but freezing a new loaf keeps it edible for up to three months.
Crusty breads goes bad more quickly than other yeasty yummies, so use up that baguette right away, or make homemade croutons within a couple days of purchase. If you've got some bread that's a little past its prime, don't toss it. Grab a roll of aluminium foil and turn on the oven.
Crusty bread, rolls and buns which have become a little stale can be freshened by wrapping in foil and placing in a pre-heated oven at 450°F (250°C ) 5-10 minutes. The bread should be left in the foil to cool down and eaten soon afterwards because reheating causes it to dry out and go stale fairly quickly. When crusty bread has lost its crispness it can be placed uncovered in a hot oven for 5 minutes.
Check out the post over at Bread.com for more hints on wrapping and storing bread. On a similar note, we've shown you how to use pantyhose to keep onions fresh and how a rubber band keeps a sliced apple from turning brown. Now it's your turn. What tricks do you have up your sleeve to extend the shelf life of your food? Let us know in the comments.
Keeping Bread Fresh [Bread.com]