Freshening Stale Bread

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May 24, 2016

Revive Stale Bread with CeleryIf your loaf of bread is starting to go stale, place a rib of celery inside the bread bag, seal the top, and let sit overnight. The bread will absorb just enough humidity from the celery for to have soft bread by morning. Celery, being quite neutral, should not affect the taste of your bread.


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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 519 Posts
November 10, 2011

Hard French bread (or other) can be made fit to eat by putting in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. If the bread is VERY stale and hard, then sprinkle some water on the bread to help soften it.

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July 18, 2018

Bread without preservatives gets stale very quickly. Sprinkle the bread with a few drops of water and microwave for 10-15 seconds. It will taste very fresh.

Two slices of bread with butter.

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May 20, 2005

Freshen stale bread by brushing the top with water, wrap in foil and bake 325 degrees F for 10 min.

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August 21, 2006

How do I soften hard bread?

Susan from Falmouth, MA


By gator10tx (Guest Post)
August 22, 20060 found this helpful

What works for me... Place a wet paper or cloth towel atop the dry bread then microwave on half-power or less for about 10-30 seconds. The variable depends on how much bread you want to soften and the wattage of your m.oven.


You can do this in a toaster or regular oven but on a low setting; check on it every minute until you learn how long it takes for the bread to soften in your appliances.

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Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 228 Posts
August 22, 20060 found this helpful

my grandma used to soften cookies with an apple slice - she just placed it in the cookie jar with the cookies - seems the same thing would work for bread

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By Cathy (Guest Post)
September 22, 20060 found this helpful

Also, you could slice the bread, then place a few slices in the microwave along with a cup of water. Depending on how strong your microwave is, try zapping the bread in 30 second bursts until it gets soft enough.

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By Hoseph (Guest Post)
October 27, 20060 found this helpful

The towel worked like a charm. Thanks.

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January 17, 2007

How do you soften stale bread?

Joseph from N. Chelmsford, MA


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January 20, 20070 found this helpful

I suppose it depends on how stale it is but when I have bread that is starting to dry out, I just put in the microwave for a few seconds....that turns it nice and soft again and warms it up too.

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By Claudia-MD (Guest Post)
January 23, 20070 found this helpful

I have put stale bread/rolls in the microwave covered with a damp paper towel. That seems to work well.

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