Correct storage is essential
Whether for breakfast, in the office or at dinner: a life without bread – whether savory or sweet topped – is unthinkable for many people. It is not for nothing that the Germans are considered bread champions. In no other country in the world are there so many different types of bread as in Germany – namely around 300. For most of them, nothing beats fragrant, preferably still warm bread. It’s just a shame that the bread is often dry or even hard the next day. But with the right storage, your bread will stay moist and fresh longer.
Tip 1: Store your bread in the bread bin
Bread is mostly sold in paper bags or plastic bags. Even if it will last a few days, it is best to remove the packaging. Instead, store your bread in a bread box, for example one made of steel * 🛒. It is important that this is not hermetically sealed. This allows the air to circulate better, which means that the bread neither gets too moist nor hardens too quickly.
Clay bread pots have the advantage that they absorb water and transport it outside, but also return it to the bread if necessary.
Wooden bread boxes have an antibacterial effect due to the tannic acid contained in the wood. In wooden bread boxes, however, the bread should be wrapped in a paper bag. This improves air circulation.
Important: clean the bread bin regularly. To do this, remove the crumbs and wash the bread box with vinegar at least once a week. This ensures that mold does not form.
Tip 2: keep your bread at room temperature
Many think that bread stays fresh the longest in the refrigerator. But that is a fallacy. Bread loses moisture particularly quickly in the refrigerator, which means it hardens more quickly and also loses its taste. In fact, the bread keeps best at room temperature – i.e. at 18 to 22 degrees.
You should only store bread in the refrigerator when it is warm and humid outside. This climate favors the mold of the bread.
If you store it in a bread box, make sure that it is not in the immediate vicinity of the coffee maker, stove or microwave. These give off heat, which – just like cold – can also damage the bread.
Tip 3: Always store bread on the cut surface
If you want to prevent your bread from drying out quickly, you should always place it on the cut surface in the bread box or clay pot. In this way, the moisture cannot escape as quickly through the cut surface.
Tip 4: The darker the bread, the longer it will keep
Basically, the darker the flour used, the longer the bread will last. This is indicated, among other things, by the initiative “Too good for the bin” of the Federal Ministry of Consumers. While white bread only lasts around three to four days due to its high wheat content, whole grain bread stays fresh for up to four, sourdough bread even for up to seven days. So if you want your bread to last for several days, you should use wholemeal or sourdough bread made from rye or whole grain meal.
Tip 5: It’s best to freeze leftovers
Single households in particular will be familiar with the problem: The quantities in which bread is sold are often too large. If you want to keep the excess bread from getting old, you can freeze it right after you buy it. You can either freeze the bread in one piece or in slices. So you can simply thaw and consume it in portions if necessary.
Tip 6: don’t throw away old bread!
If stale bread that has become dry does accumulate, don’t throw it away. A trick to get light bread and white flour rolls crispy again: Brush the crust with a little water and bake it for about ten minutes.
You can use really old bread and rolls, for example, to make croutons for salads or soups. Dry rolls are also ideal for making bread dumplings.
However, if mold has already formed, you should definitely throw the bread away. In this case it is not enough to cut away the moldy part. This is because the mold spores can already have penetrated the entire bread before they become visible as mold.