How to keep your bread fresh longer

How to keep your bread fresh longer

Even though making bread with a bread machine is a quick and easy task, once you’ve gone to the trouble to make bread, you will want to keep it fresh for as long as possible.  Here are some tips to help.

Don’t slice your bread until you are ready to eat it

Once bread is exposed to air it will start to get stale.

Store your bread out of the refrigerator

You should ideally store your bread in a bread box, paper bag, or perforated plastic bag.

Freeze part of your loaf

Freeze whatever you don’t think you will be able to eat within a day or two.  You can even slice your bread and then freeze it, so you only pull out from the freezer exactly what you will eat right away.  You can freeze your bread up to about three months.

Choose the right recipes

Breads with fat and sourdough breads will last the longest, French bread goes stale very quickly.  I find that whole grain breads keep longer.  Many of my bread machine breads will stay fresh wrapped on my countertop for about 5 days.

A tip for keeping your yeast fresh longer

While I’m at it, you can also get the longest shelf life out of your yeast by storing it in the refrigerator or the freezer.  If frozen, you don’t need to thaw it before using.

If you have any more good tips, please share them below!

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