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Storing Bread

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There are a number of ways to keep your bread fresh as long as possible. This guide is about storing bread.
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By 2 found this helpful
June 1, 2010

Most of us have a microwave oven in our kitchens. Most of us have a loaf of bread in our kitchens. Where do you keep your bread when you are not using it? Most of us just leave it on the counter. Better place - put it in your microwave oven. Make sure oven is at room temperature. Place the loaf of bread in the microwave. It is out of the way. It is easy to get to when needed. Why hadn't you thought of this before?

By John from Columbus, GA

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August 27, 2009

I had an a-ha moment recently when I compared the height of a 5 qt. ice cream bucket to the height of the bread pan for my automatic bread machine.

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I found that a 1.5 lb. loaf fits perfectly in the empty, cleaned ice cream bucket! So, instead of wasting money on 1 gal. ziplock bags, I simply throw the bucket in the dishwasher when it's too gross to hold bread anymore!

Yeah, I could probably just wash out the bags, but it's awkward. The bucket is rigid, thus easier to wash.

By gapotter from Raleigh, NC

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By 2 found this helpful
September 30, 2009

Reuse cereal plastic bags to keep bread, buns, etc. fresh. They are very durable, too good to waste!

By jdm001 from London

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October 7, 2008

When you are done using the bread, hold the open end and give the bread a spin. The twisted part of the bread wrapper should be closest to the bread. Fold the top over the bread and it's ready for the next use. This tip is also good when camping.

By Susan from Clinton, TN

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By 0 found this helpful
March 6, 2006

Save the plastic bags in which you bring produce home from the grocery store.
They are perfect to store homemade bread.

By Harlean from Arkansas from Hot Springs, Arkansas

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September 10, 2006

Where do you keep your bread? I am trying to unclutter my kitchen countertops and was wondering where everyone keeps their bread. If you put it in a breadbox or cabinet, doesn't it mold real fast because of the darkness? Thanks for your help!

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By Paula from USA

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 10, 20060 found this helpful

We keep ours in the fridge, and it lasts quite a while.

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September 10, 20060 found this helpful

I buy 2 loafs of bread when it's on sale and put one in the freezer and one in the fridge. It doesn't mold and stays fresh longer that way, and when you're out, you always have an extra one in the freezer!

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September 10, 20060 found this helpful

I keep mine in the microwave. Out of sight.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 11, 20060 found this helpful

We store our bread in a black bread box. It seems to keep quite well. We do sometimes place bread in the freezer, but I must say my husband is not a fan of that... he says it tastes to stale.

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September 11, 20060 found this helpful

We keep ours in the fridge, and store extra in the freezer. We go through it fairly fast, but I am sure to buy the "softest" loaves on the shelf. I just give a quick pat on the top, a friend in college passed that tip to me. We have dry summers here, so it keeps it moist, and doesn't affect the sandwich.

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September 11, 20060 found this helpful

Several have mentioned keeping bread in the fridge....I have never done that. Besides it being cold, is it soft? I have frozen extra bread and sometimes it's fine when defrosted and sometimes it seems hard and dry. We go through bread fairly quickly and I just hate running out to the store for it so often but have never known the best way to make last longer other than freezing.

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September 11, 20060 found this helpful

We eat whole wheat bread and we keep ours in a drawer in our kitchen island. We usually go through it fairly fast, so mold is not a problem.
But, I have kept it in the fridge before, but due to not having enough space in the fridge to keep it there we moved it to the island drawer.
I have never had a loaf stored in the fridge to dry out. As long as the bag is closed tightly and doesn't have a hole anywhere it should be kept in the fridge just fine.

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September 11, 20060 found this helpful

I keep mine in the oven with cookies, chips, & crackers. Living alone, I use the oven only to bake Pumpkin Pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas!
JoanDogs

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 12, 20060 found this helpful

I too have mine mold but I do buy the fresh ones. Buy yours with this secret from bread company.

Mon. Blue tie
Tues.Red
Thurs. Green
Fri. White
Sat. Yellow................Hope this is a help for buying

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September 12, 20060 found this helpful

i spoke with a bread man. the color of the ties are not day specific for each bakery. some bakers only use one color tie. so dont depend on that.

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September 12, 20060 found this helpful

Have used the microwave, the regular oven, the special metal bread-box drawer (metal liner & lid inside regular deep drawer). Favorites are the microwave & bread-box drawer. Don't really like bread from the freezer, sometimes it's ok. Frozen bread can be used for toasting. Takes the same amount of time with no loss of flavor or texture. I put bread in the freezer when I think it's getting too old & might go bad. You can lightly toast bread for sandwiches if you're eating them immediately.

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September 12, 20060 found this helpful

I freeze my entire loaf of bread, taking out only the number of pieces that I need to use. Put the frozen slices in my microwave and DEFROST FOR A FEW SECONDS ONLY. Put the slightly damp bread slice on a paper towel to absorb the moiture BUT ONLY IF NEEDED. Then we have fresh bread to make our sandwhich!

THIS WORKS SO WELL THAT MY HUSBAND HAS NO IDEA THAT IT WAS (ORIGNIALLY) FROZEN and he is such a picky eater, if he did know it he probably wouldn't eat it!

I do not have to throw moldy bread out anymore, thank goodness as it was getting pretty expensive!

Good luck and try this out it does work, I promise!

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September 12, 20060 found this helpful

I have a wooden bread box, no problems with mold and our bread always last little over a week.

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September 12, 20060 found this helpful

I always keep bread in the freezer and have never had a problem with this, it is always fresh. It only takes a few minutes to thaw out on a board while I am getting sandwich ingredients ready, or for toast you don't have to defrost it at all.

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September 12, 20060 found this helpful

My new hiding spot for the bread is inside my cabinet due to nosy housecats. My bread always lasts over 1 week. Sometimes if i've had it going on 10 days and its not getting moldy yet, just stale, i make my husbands favorite bread pudding with the old bread. this way it generally doesn't get wasted!! we also live next to a lake where the mallards and the geese are tame and come up to be fed the old bread.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 12, 20060 found this helpful

I am on a fixed income so when i buy a few loaves i put one in the frig and the other in the freezer and all i do is put a few slices in the microwave for just about 2 sec and its just as fresh as the day i bought ot

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 13, 20060 found this helpful

Having a multitude of discount bread stores nearby, but little gas, I buy 6 loaves of sale bread @ $.65 ea., hot dog/hamburger buns, and a $1.00 bag of sale snacks (small various favored fried pies, choc. covered donuts, cupcakes) then get a "freebie" for
a certain total at the register.

God showed me the SECRET: I double-wrap breads in last week's clean bread wrappers, freezing them all except the one we're eating on. I freeze the rest until needed, not by the piece but by the bag, stacking tightly and neatly towards the front of my freezer.

We usually roast hot dogs over the firepit 1-2 x week, using up the buns in two uses, so I put
back into the freezer what is unused. Breads of all sorts thaw VERY quickly (and likely freeze quickly), like 1 min. per slice in the air, and only 3 seconds if heated in the microwave, snacks microwave quickly, so the issue of freezing is really one of preventing freezer burn, not in the thawing, you see.

I store what I am using that week in the kit. cabinet nearest the Microwave, over the work counter and next to the plates, since we make sandwiches often without better food. God says not to worry TOO much about our body, being grateful for whatever He provides.

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October 5, 20060 found this helpful

I keep mine in the cabinet, no problems.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 29, 20070 found this helpful

My supervisor purchases over 200 loaves of bread a week plus have 1oo loaves on hand. Is this a bad practice and if so how can I make her understand that she over purchasing bread and it will become stale?

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 29, 20070 found this helpful

She keeps the bread at room temperature from 5:30 a.m until 8:00 p.m same day.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 13, 2009

Does anyone have ideas on ways to store homemade bread? I'd like to make one loaf per week for my 2 person household. Normally I keep it on the counter, covered with a towel and slice as we use it. But my partner is slightly OCD and seeing a towel-wrapped loaf of bread, on otherwise clear counters day after day, week after week, unnerves him. So, other than ziploc bags in the fridge, any ideas?

K.O. from SoCal

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September 30, 20090 found this helpful

I've been saving the bags from inside cereal boxes. They are sort of like waxed paper, and work great to store any homemade bread item you don't want to lose its crispy outer crust. Plastic wrap, plastic baggies and foil seem to take all the crispiness away from homemade banana bread crust, and the cereal bag seems to keep the crisp longer! Of course, this is cereal I bought on sale and used double coupons for! Now that's frugal!

By Carrie from Okemos, MI

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Storing Bread in Cereal Bags

That is a great tip. I had been saving bread bags to put homemade bread in, but I am going to check out the wax paper bags for fresher, crustier loafs. Thanks. (08/03/2006)

By kayla

Storing Bread in Cereal Bags

Thanks for your post. I got inspired and started using an opened bag over and over to cover my bread dough as it rises instead of using plastic wrap ($) or washing dishtowels. Just wash and dry with the rest of the dishes :-) (08/04/2006)

By Karaof4

Storing Bread in Cereal Bags

Well I am not alone in saving those cereal bags huh? I use them to store meat in the freezer and to store cut vegetables and Turkey ham in the fridge. I also use them to store baked cookies.

They make great lunch bags. I use them on picnics going to take much of the food silverware and plates and returning for putting the washable stuff in one bag while using others for trash. In the car litter bags or clean and dirty rag bags for in the trunk.

In short I can't remember the last time I actually threw out a empty cereal bag. Now I am into finding a hundred ways to reuse the boxes themselves. (08/09/2006)

By Mr. Thrifty

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