Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!
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 Luse from Columbus, GA
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.
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 Gwendolen Potter from Raleigh, NC
Reuse cereal plastic bags to keep bread, buns, etc. fresh. They are very durable, too good to waste!
By j from London
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.
Save the plastic bags in which you bring produce home from the grocery store. They are perfect to store homemade bread...
Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
I keep my loaf of bread in an air tight plastic bag, as well a my fruit in a bowl, on my kitchen counter. I think that the kitchen cabinet lightening, which is under all of my cabinets, causes these foods to go bad because of the light and the heat. My husband says I'm crazy.
Please let me know what you think.
Thanks a bunch.
It can make food go bad faster if the bulb is radiating warmth.
We never had under counter lighting before 3 years ago, and I agree, when I first kept food under them, it did go bad faster. We moved everything to cool, dark places in the counter or to the refrigerator and it keeps longer.
You are not crazy...or if you are, we are in it together!
I have under counter lighting and have never experienced my food going bad, but I also dont keep it directly under the light at all times. Some lights to let off a good bit of heat, so I could see it going bad sooner, but it shouldnt be going bad quickly.
Hope you figure out the problem!
Heat and light can cause food to spoil faster. This is normal and you might want to consider moving them to a cooler place that does not have so much light.
Many people who grow plants indoors use lighting to help the plants grow faster. Light can also help your food spoil quicker and it is not a good idea to store food under lamps or any other type of lights.
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!
By Paula Scott from USA
We keep ours in the fridge, and it lasts quite a while.
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!
I keep mine in the microwave. Out of sight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I too have mine mold but I do buy the fresh ones. Buy yours with this secret from bread company.
Mon. Blue tie
Sat. Yellow................Hope this is a help for buying
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.
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.
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!
I have a wooden bread box, no problems with mold and our bread always last little over a week.
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.
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.
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
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
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
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)
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)
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)