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bread storage

welldigger's picture

I love the crustiness I get with the Jim Lahey style bread. But if I store in in a plastic bag, it crust goes all soft. How can I keep it out on the counter for 3-5 days? Someone suggested keeping it in a paper bag. Anyone ever had luck with that?

By the way, I'm new to The Fresh Loaf but not new to bread baking. Started 40 years ago with the Tassajara method. Am now quickly become a Laher and Reinhart devotee (but I kind of miss the therapy of all that kneading).



inkedbaker's picture

now that i've become fairly decent at baking bread, I would like some suggestions on bread storage and freezing loaves. How long will a loaf keep in the freezer, and what is the best way to store my bread to maintain freshness? Any takers?

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New Baker - still trying

December 7, 2009 - 6:41pm -- new baker

Hello All.

I tried two breads this weekend with fairly good results.  The first one I made using Peter Reinhart's formula for whole wheat sandwich bread.  I may need to try that one again.  I didn't get a very good oven spring.  I tried it as a freestanding loaf, but think I'll put it in a loaf pan next time.  The freestanding loaf kind of spread out too much during the final rise.

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Cloth Bread storage bag?

July 18, 2009 - 1:37am -- avatrx1

I'd like to be able to store my bread for a few days without putting it in plastic and not just leaving out on the counter face down.  Could someone suggest the type of baker's bag I've seen referred to in some discussions on bread storage?

I thought - perhaps - I'd make one.  Put a little monogram or embroidery on it letting the troops (family) know that it's specifically for my bread.

I'm just not sure what type of cloth.  lightweight Muslin perhaps?  If it worked out - then maybe I could personalize them and sell them  to subsidize my bread habit.................

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