There are many families who are looking for additional ways to save money. That includes trying to master the art of bread baking. The reason why bread baking is considered to be an art is because it can be a real challenge to get the bread just the way you want it. Once you find the perfect recipe, your next concern is how to make your bread last longer. After learning how to bake homemade bread, I quickly discovered my first problem. That is how do I keep my bread from going bad within a few days. When you purchase bread from the supermarket it is sure to last you at least a week. What I have learned is that there are several ways that you can make your homemade bread last longer, and it comes down to how you store it.
The first way to preserve your homemade bread is to purchase large zip lock bags. The large freezer bags will work just fine. Before placing the bread into the freezer bag you will first want to wrap it with some saran wrap, and then place it in the bag. Be sure that your bread has completely cooled to avoid having moisture get into your bread. Leave the bread in the bag on your kitchen counter. The one thing you don’t want to do is refrigerate it even if you have it all wrapped up. Refrigerating your bread will just cause it to dry out, and it will probably lose most of its flavor by the next day.
The next suggestion on making your bread last longer is to purchase a simple wooden box. Bread boxes tend to cost a lot of money so I would recommend that you avoid purchasing these. If you visit your local arts and craft store you should be able to find some simple wooden boxes, with lids on them. After you have baked your bread and it has cooled completely you can wrap it in saran wrap and place it inside of the wooden box. By doing this you will help your bread to last at least one week without it drying out.
Of course when it comes to bread storage it also depends on the temperature of your kitchen and where you plan on leaving the bread. Avoid putting the loaf of bread in a high location of the kitchen. Since heat rises when you cook, it can cause your bread to go stale a lot quicker. In my own personal experience I have also found that your bread ingredients can make a huge difference as well. Depending on what you use to make your bread you may need to try different storage methods. Plain white or wheat bread can be stored using the methods mentioned above. Some cheese breads will need to be wrapped tightly and refrigerated. If you make a bread that needs to be refrigerated be sure and place it closer to the front of the refrigerator. This will help to ensure that it does not get dried out too quickly. So the next time you choose to make bread, be sure to have all of the essential storage tools ready.