There are plenty of ways to restore a loaf of stale bread, from rubbing it with ice cubes to wrapping it with aluminium foil. But here's one of the simplest ways: run it under a stream of water before popping it into the oven.
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This bread-reviving method comes from the editors at BuzzFeed Life, who got the idea from another editor, Rochelle Bilow, at Bon Appétit.
Run your bread under water...the water can be hot or cold. Try to angle the loaf so the crust is near the faucet, but it's OK if the insides end up getting wet. Pop it into the oven. Either use your oven's "warm" setting or set it to 300 to 325 degrees. Six or seven minutes should do the trick, unless the whole loaf ended up drenched. Then shoot for 10 to 12. The water will become steam, which rehydrates the middle. Meanwhile, the heat hardens the crust.
We love this idea, because a lot of the ideas out there work only moderately well. Reviving it in the microwave makes the bread too soft; throwing a rib of celery into the bread bag means it can be prone to taking on celery's strong smell. Not everybody has ice or foil. But you can't go wrong with water.