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What is the best way to store bread machine bread?

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

Long-term storage

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.

Tip

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire rack
  • Foil
  • Plastic bag
  • Bread bin
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About the Author

Charlie Higgins is journalist, editor and translator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has written for a variety of lifestyle and niche market websites, including International Food Trader, The Olive Oil Times, microDINERO, Sounds and Colours, Connecting Worlds and The Buenos Aires Reader.