To best enjoy your bread, be sure to store it properly

  • Tue Nov 8th, 2011 3:55pm
  • Life

By Noelle Carter Los Angeles Times

Whether you bake a lot of bread, buy from a favorite bakery or get your loaves from the supermarket, knowing how to properly store your bread can help it last longer.

Store bread in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Store it in a bread box if you have one, or keep the bread in its original packaging (whether plastic or paper).

The shelf life of bread will vary by type but should keep anywhere from two days to a week.

If the bread is still warm from baking, give it time to cool before storing it. Wrapping the bread while it is still warm can trap excess moisture, causing it to go soft, even moldy.

You can also freeze bread. Bread will keep, tightly wrapped in foil or plastic, up to a few months. Thaw the bread before using (you can toast frozen bread slices straight out of the freezer).

Whatever you do, don’t refrigerate your bread: Refrigeration can actually cause the bread to go stale quicker.

To refresh a loaf of bread, warm it in an oven, or toast the slices.