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Trishinomaha

Bread Storage

Hi again...

 Home from work today with a bum leg so I'm spending some quality computer time on The Fresh Loaf :-). We have just two in our house and I've been on a bread baking frenzy lately - I do share with friends, co-workers and family but I'd like to know what will keep the loaves we keep here fresh for four or five days. Plastic baggies make the crust go soft - I've seen aluminum foil suggested. How do all of you keep your breads fresh for daily use?

 Thanks!

Trish

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Floydm

For crusty breads, I throw them into paper bags. When I'm smart I save the paper bags from local bakeries, but when I run out I just wrap my breads up in grocery bags. It isn't pretty, but it works.

I should also add that it is hard to keep a basic french bread fresh that long. I figure 2 to maybe 3 days before the loaves are ready to become garlic bread or croutons. Sourdough loaves keep a couple of days longer, and larger loaves and rounds keep better than baguettes.

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weavershouse

    I wrap all my breads in a linen or smooth cotton towel unless they're going into the freezer. The towel helps keep the crust crisp (try saying that more than once), the bread fresh and a towel is always available.                                                        weavershouse

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Doc

Here is an answer from the experts:

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/foodscience.asp?foodscienceid=198&bdc=2376&enotes=yes

All I can add is, that during the humid summer a paper bag works for me, during winter I just use a plastic bag and reheat the berad in the oven to crisp up the crust.

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sadears

I tried the brown bag and I was not pleased.  Wrap the loaf in plastic wrap (Saran) making sure it's sealed and it'll stay fresh for a good long time.  I had one loaf sitting around waiting for me to take to my sister's housef for almost a week.  By the time I got it there, it was still fresh.

 

Steph

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dulke

I leave my loaves, cut side down, on the cutting board. They seem to stay quite fresh, at least for the three days or so that I have them. If I've baked into rolls, I tend to put into a plastic bag, expecting the soft crust. I have a wood bread box, but it does not seem to keep bread as fresh as my mother's did.

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beanfromex

Hi there,

 we have only two in the household,and live in a high humidity area of the country,  so a six cup AP sized bread last too long, or abosorbs too much humidity.

So after the first day of gorging, I slice and freeze it in zip lock for future meals in the week that call for bread.

The day it is in use, I leave it cut side down on a cutting board.  

Regards from southern mexico 

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naschol

I got this cool vacuum bread box that works really well.  If you go to www.qvc.com and key in K3466, you will see it and a good description.  I usually put a loaf of bread, 4-6  rolls and a few English Muffins in it, unwrapped, and they stay pretty fresh for up to a week or so.  There is a little drying toward the end of that time, but I have never found mold or an off-taste.

 

Nancy

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suelynn

I have been baking bread for over 10 years.  I use the plastic bags because my husband likes the crust soft.  However, I belong to a birthday club with a group of ladies and I take a loaf of bread to the birthday girl each time.  I found in doing so that when packaging their bread it last longer than that which I keep at home.  I believe the reason is that it is not sealed like it does in the plastic bag.  I use a loaf sized party cellophane bag that I get at Wal-Mart in the party goods.  Now this is not the secret.  I believe the secret to keeping it fresh is letting it breath.  I close the bag with 2 strips of tape and finish closing the end with a sticker that says "Homemade by SueLynn".  I also freeze bread when I see the first little spot of mold.  I pinch a chunk out where the mold is.  This makes great bread pudding.
SueLynn

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Trishinomaha

My husband found the old time brown paper lunch sacks my mom used to put our lunches in (after we out grew lunch boxes ;-)). 50 of them at Kroger cost about $2.00. I think I'll try them and see how it works. Thanks for all the other suggestions!

 Trish