Using an electric bread maker is a quick way to make delicious homemade bread without all the hassle of kneading and proving dough. To enjoy maximum freshness and taste, eat your homemade bread within two to three days after baking. However, if you want to keep the loaf to enjoy at a later date, read on to learn how to store your bread and maintain its freshness.
Short-term bread storage
Place your freshly-baked bread on a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
Wrap the loaf in foil or a plastic bag.
Store your bread in a bread bin. The bin should be dry, well ventilated and placed away from sunlight. You bread will stay fresh for up to five days using this method.
Allow your bread to cool completely, then slice the loaf as you wish. This will allow you to defrost the loaf portion by portion at a later date.
Put your bread into an airtight plastic freezer bag.
Place your bread in the freezer. The bread should keep for up to three months.
Thaw the bread as you need, by setting the bread out at room temperature or using a microwave oven. Single slices may be put directly in a toaster.
Never store bread in the fridge. This will cause your bread to spoil more quickly.
If your bread has a crisp outer crust, it is best eaten on the day it is made. To store, place your bread in a large paper bag after it is sliced, and bear in mind that over time the crust will naturally soften.