Do you store bread in the fridge thinking it will stay fresher there, like other foods? Mythbusting website Today I Found Out says you're better off keeping it on the counter, because bread gets stale much more quickly in the refrigerator.
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The reason for this is that as soon as bread has been baked it slowly begins a process called retrogration where the starch molecules begin to dry out or crystallise. Bread goes stale more quickly in the fridge, the article says, because:
Water molecules detach themselves from the starch molecules and the starch molecules begin to take their original shape and harden again. The cool temperatures of the refrigerator make the dehydration process happen more quickly, specifically, about six times as fast via the process listed above.
Personally, I have found bread to get harder more quickly in the fridge, but also more mouldy more quickly in the bread bin. What about you? Do you find bread stays fresher longer in the fridge or on the counter? Sound off in the comments.