Soften Stale Bread In The Microwave

We've shown you how to refresh your stale bread by throwing it in the oven, but food weblog The Kitchn offers an even quicker alternative using the ever-useful microwave.

All you need is a bit of paper towel, some water and a few seconds of patience:

Wrap the bread in a damp (not soaking) towel, place it on a microwave-safe dish, and microwave on high for 10 seconds. Check and repeat if necessary. Keep a close eye things so the bread doesn't overcook and the towel doesn't catch fire!

Of course, if you've done a thorough job wetting the towel, it probably won't catch fire. Got your own favourite trick for reviving stale bread? Share it in the comments, and hit the link for more tips. Photo by Jeremy Keith.

How to Soften Stale Bread [The Kitchn]


    I've always used the microwave to revive my breads.
    My I just use a sprinkling of water from the tap and flick it on the bread with my fingers before popping into the microwave. That way you don't risk a paper towel fire.

    I too have always done this, but without the paper towel. Works fine without!

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