Cool slice of advice on freezing bread
ALL TOO often bread goes stale or, worse, mouldy before we can eat it. In order to avoid that, some of us consider storing it in the freezer, a move some frown upon.
The debate on whether there is a “right” way to store bread rages on.
I have always been told that keeping it in the fridge is wrong.
We dug further to find out whether there is a right and wrong way to keep your bread for longer.
According to wikiHow, when it comes to storing bread, the fridge is your worst enemy – bread goes stale faster in a fridge than it does at room temperature.
The site reports that the best way to keep bread at its best is to keep it at room temperature for a day or two, then wrap it and freeze it for longer-term storage. When you thaw it and heat it, it will taste freshly baked again.
Below are tips on how to store bread the right way, according to wikiHow. Your fridge keeps food fresher for longer, but sometimes that is not the case.
Wrap bread in plastic or aluminium foil
These types of wrapping will trap in the bread’s natural moisture to keep it from drying out and getting hard. If your bread came in a paper wrapping, toss it out.
Keep bread at room temperature for no more than two days Room temperature should be around 20ºC. Keep it away from direct sunlight, in a cool and dry place, such as in your pantry or a bread box.
Freeze extra bread
If you have more bread than you can consume before it goes stale within a few days, the best way to store it is by freezing.
Freezing bread drops the temperature enough to stop the starch in the bread from recrystallising and getting stale.
Don’t put bread in the fridge Scientific studies have shown that this draws out the moisture and the bread becomes stale three times faster than it would at room temperature. This happens from a process known as “retrogradation”, which simply means that the starch molecules crystallise and the bread gets tough.