Making your own bread is an economical way to save money and eat healthy. The types of bread you can make are nearly limitless, allowing you to please everyone in the family. The only problem you may face with homemade bread is that it does not store as long as store-bought bread due to the lack of preservatives. However, there are several ways to make sure you get the most out of your bread.
Allow the bread to cool once it has finished cooking. If you try to package the bread immediately, the heat will create condensation and excess moisture that may cause premature moulding.
Place the cooled bread in an airtight bag. Get as much air out of the bag as possible before you close it.
Store the bread in a cool, dry place for 2 to 3 days. Warmer environments cause moulding; storing in a refrigerator turns the bread stale quickly.
Freeze the bagged bread for longer-term storage. Place the bread in a freezer bag and it will stay fresh for up to three months in a freezer.
- Pre-slice the bread before freezing it. This lets you take a few slices at a time as needed while leaving the rest of the loaf in a protected environment.
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