Bread Box / A fresh solution to your bread
Bread Box / A fresh solution to your bread by:Glenn Mast
Unless it's loaded with preservatives, Fresh bread does not maintain its freshness for lo shelf life of bread, but first let's look at the options:
The classic way is to use a bread box or bread bin. The old fashioned wooden ones tend to work better than plastic or metal ones do. The plastic and metal ones tend to trap moisture in the air and cause it to condense in the box, actually hastening mold. Another popular method is refrigeration or freezing. Whilst refrigeration can delay molding it will accelerate the process if moisture happens to be trapped inside the plastic bag.
Staleness, happens wherever you keep it. Bread goes stale due to the gluten proteins knitting back together after cooking, making the bread tougher. Bread is only soft where gluten is present; when it is fresh the gluten protein strands are long and stretched. Bread stales or becomes moldy much faster at lower temperatures, which results from a change in the starch fraction of wheat flour involving crystallization, or retro gradation. This is why stale bread can be softened by gentle heating!
Always let freshly baked bread completely cool before storing it. Wrapping it too soon causes condensation to form which is absorbed into the bread, making it soggy and accelerating mold growth.
For longer periods of storage time keep bread in the freezer, first wrap it in aluminum foil and then in an airtight plastic bag. Keep it whole to prevent freezer burn. Frozen bread should be thawed at room temperature.
There are many ways people utilize, to try and keep their bread fresh, but most of these will only give an extra day or two, if that. There is one proven way to extend the
Author Resource: Glenn Mast is a successful business owner of a couple websites that offer Amish Handcrafted Products. His sites offer products and information about Amish Made Products & decor for your home, lawn or garden.