Dry, stale bread doesn't taste good and is a waste of food. Keep bread fresh and moist longer by keeping the bread in a bread box. While all bread boxes are not the same, using a bread box typically helps to hold in the bread's natural moisture, preventing the bread from drying out and become stale.
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Things you need
- Clean cloth
- Bread box
- Paper bag (optional)
Allow freshly baked bread to cool to room temperature. If bread is placed in the bread box while still warm too much heat and moisture will develop in the bread box, which can cause mould to grow on your bread.
Dampen a clean cloth and wipe out your bread box. Crumbs, dust or other debris in your bread box can reduce the air circulation that helps keep bread moist without getting mouldy.
Leave your bread box open for a minute so it can air dry.
Place bread in a paper bag if you want to cut down on crumbs in your bread box. Leave the end of the paper bag open so air and moisture can circulate around the bread.
Store the fresh bread in your bread box, making sure the door to the bread box is open a couple millimetres so air can circulate in and out of your bread box, helping to maintain the ideal amount of moisture.
Tips and warnings
- An airtight bread box doesn't allow air to circulate and help regulate the humidity level. If your bread box doesn't have any small vents, leave the door open a tiny bit.
- Avoid storing bread in a bread box enclosed in a plastic bag. Air and humidity cannot circulate through plastic and your bread will dry out.
- Storing bread in the refrigerator causes the bread to dry out faster.
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