FACT: Plastic is a material that is frequently used for the purpose of storing a variety of goods, including bread that has been purchased (learn something new every day huh).
But a lot of people want to find a way to buy and keep bread that doesn’t include plastic. Both the bread and the ecology will benefit from this change.
This leads us to the question: how to keep bread fresh without plastic? After doing the research, here’s what I discovered…
Best Method: The ideal way to keep bread is in a bag or container that will prevent air from moving around the bread but will still allow the bread to breathe, such as a bag made of cloth, an old pillowcase, or a tea towel.
After conducting additional investigation, I discovered new information that is important for you to be aware of; therefore, I ask you to kindly continue reading…
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Keep bread at room temperature while storing it
On the kitchen counter, in a cloth produce bag, I will often keep bread that was prepared with active dry yeast. When I am storing sourdough, I generally always just place it cut-side down on a cutting board that is placed on the counter.
If I need the space to work, though, I will place the bread inside of a reusable cloth produce bag. When stored with the cut side down, the bread is protected from over-drying along the cut edge.
The crusty skin of the sourdough helps to preserve the interior of the bread from becoming stale. We chip away at the loaf of bread over the course of a day or two, until it is reduced to crumbs.
Keep freshly baked bread out of the refrigerator at all costs; doing so will hasten the process by which it dries out.
Put bread in the freezer for storage
Time to get a little personal… Despite the fact that I am the first person to acknowledge that bread and other items freeze nicely in plastic, I am the last person to actually use the material.
I don’t want the chemicals that are found in plastic soup to come in contact with my food, and I also don’t want to add to the plastic soup that already exists in our oceans.
😁 How to keep your bread fresh? It’s simple – freeze it!
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Plastic may make life easier, but this convenience comes at a significant cost to the fundamental systems that keep us alive. To get around the problem, I don’t mind traveling a little bit out of my way.
I freeze whole loaves in cloth produce bags that I make myself so that I may avoid using plastic bags. When wrapped in fabric and placed in the freezer, sliced bread, which is not the best thing, has freezer burn around the edges.
FYI: This does not occur with plastic bags, but there is the issue about life support systems. I have a lifelong supply of rubber bands that I accumulated back in the days when I still used plastic (not those before times, but my before times), and I use these to secure the bags.
I always bake two loaves of bread, and if my children are not with me, I put one of the loaves in the freezer for a maximum of two weeks (or give a loaf away).
If I want bread in the morning, I will either take a loaf out the night before and place it on the counter or, more commonly, I will wake up very early in the morning and take the loaf out of the freezer immediately after I get out of bed.
Wrap the loaf of bread in paper
Paper is an excellent material for storing bread because it is cost-effective and performs admirably at the same time. You may have observed that bread is frequently sold in paper bags when purchased from bakeries.
Because paper allows air to circulate within the bag, this helps to keep the bread dry, which in turn helps the crust maintain its crispiness and flavor. The difficulty with using plastic is that it prevents moisture from escaping from the bag, which immediately makes the crust more malleable.
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Your bread will retain freshest when stored at room temperature, and all you need to do to preserve its crunchiness is to place it in a paper bag.
You can put it in the freezer for later use if you do not intend to consume the entirety of it within the next few days.
Store your freshly baked loaves in a bread box
You can keep your home-baked bread fresh for much longer if you put it in a bread box. Although it does not completely block circulation, it does prevent dust and insects from entering the space…
Bread boxes were extremely widespread in the 50s & 60s, and you can still purchase a bread box to store your loaf of bread in today. Your bread will retain its freshness for a longer period of time.
Maintain Your Bread On A Cutting Board Made Of Wood
Finally, you can store your bread out for a few days at room temperature on a wooden cutting board. Simply ensure that the side that was cut is facing down and cover it with a linen cloth before placing it in the oven.
This will prevent the bread from going stale, and you can eat it while it’s still fresh. After a certain amount of time has passed, it will begin to lose both its flavor and its moisture content; therefore, you will need to break it up and freeze it before it goes bad.
1. Is it possible to preserve bread in a container made of plastic?
You can put it away in a bread box, cover it in plastic wrap, or use a reusable plastic bag with a zip-top. Steer clear of storing bread in places that are wet and airy because this can hasten the process of mold growth. The best course of action would be to put the loaf in the freezer for use at a later time if you are not planning to consume it within the next two or three days.
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2. What may be done to prevent bread from becoming wet?
The lesson to be learned from this is to keep packaged bread away from the refrigerator at all times, to knot the bag securely while attempting to keep as much air out of it as possible, and to place it on your countertop away from sources of heat and moisture.
So, what have we learned today, people?
We now know that the best method to store bread is in a bag or container that keeps air from flowing around it while yet allowing it to breathe, such as a canvas bag, an old pillowcase, or a tea towel.
In addition, paper is an ideal medium for keeping bread since it is both inexpensive and effective. When buying bread from bakeries, you may have noticed that it is commonly offered in paper bags.
Because paper enables air to flow within the bag, the bread stays dry, allowing the crust to preserve its crispiness and taste.
The problem with using plastic is that it stops moisture from entering the bag, making the crust more flexible right away. Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others the correct way. Until next time!