Revive Stale Bread With Ice Cubes

Your bread has started down that inevitable path of turning into a brick only good for (maybe) making croutons. It might not be too late to save your stale bread, though. All you might need is an ice cube and a quick pop in the oven.

In its collection of unusual baking and kitchen tips, Real Simple suggests rubbing an ice cube on unsliced bread until the crust is damp. Then put that roll or loaf in the oven for 12 minutes at 190°C and voila! It’s almost like freshly baked bread.

Other alternatives include the aluminum foil-wrapping method (basically, the same method, minus the ice cube trick but wrapping the bread in foil), zapping the bread in the microwave (moisture seems to be key here too, with a damp towel used to cover the bread), and using celery to refresh stale bread (a food hack if there ever was one).

And to get your bread to stay fresher about six times longer in the first place, store it on the counter, not in the fridge.

Ice Cubes as Bread Fresheners [Real Simple]

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