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Refrigerating bread?


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Does anyone do this? Will it make bread last any longer, delay mold?

I ask because, on my base none of the housing has A/C. So, it's perfect for mold to grow. Dark, humid and hot. For food anyways. If I refrigerate my bread it should last longer, right?

BTW, the bread here doesn't have expiration dates on it either. That makes it harder to know how old the bread already is...

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Refrigerated bread goes stale faster but takes longer to go moldy.  I store mine in the fridge because, if it's not superfresh, I toast it anyway so don't notice the slight staleness.  If I leave it out, it goes moldy before I finish the loaf.

Alternately, you can freeze part of the loaf of bread and just leave out as much as you can eat before it'll go moldy.  That's what my mum does.

Thanks! Guess I should buy a toaster..

I usually freeze mine. I buy 2 for 1 at costco freeze most then saw out portions that I'll be using in next few days.

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Hmm Im not sure about putting bread in the fridge, might make it a little soggy? I freeze mine and then pull out what I want when I need it. You can just defrost quickly in the microwave.

I put my bread in the fridge all the time.  Have done this for many years.  I live in hot, humid Florida. Even with AC my pantry gets too hot to keep it out for very long without the bread getting moldy. I don't think it makes it get stale, it just gets a little firmer from being cold.  I just take out what I need and let it sit at room temperature for a little bit or put it in the microwave with a paper towel around it for a few seconds to bring it back to it fresh softness. 

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I've always refrigerated bread.  I do find it lasts longer.  I tend to toast the bread anyway so I'm not so worried about how the refrigeration changes the quality of the bread (not so soft).  However, having grown up in New York  City (where there are roaches), we always put our food away in the refrigerator.

I always put my bread in the fridge!! It makes it last much much longer.

Then I just toast it when I want to use it :)

Yep, the last few days I kept it in the fridge. Then toasted what I needed. Been working great so far. Hopefully it'll last longer too.

Isn't toasted bread "better" in some way than untoasted? Health wise, that is.

Original Post by susiecue:

Refrigerated bread goes stale faster but takes longer to go moldy.  I store mine in the fridge because, if it's not superfresh, I toast it anyway so don't notice the slight staleness.  If I leave it out, it goes moldy before I finish the loaf.

Alternately, you can freeze part of the loaf of bread and just leave out as much as you can eat before it'll go moldy.  That's what my mum does.

Thanks for this info, Susicue.  I didn't realize bread could go stale faster in the fridge.  I'm going to start putting my bread in separate plastic bags in the freezer since it takes me a while to use up a loaf.  I appreciate the heads-up.

The reason bread goes stale faster in the fridge is because it recirculates air. That's why a bread box works (If you keep it closed all the time, anyway). I freeze mine and pull out two slices when I need to - I toast it before using it so it's nice and crunchy, and my toaster has a defrost setting, so it doesn't go soggy and I don't have to remember to take it out in the morning.

Original Post by saucychick:

The reason bread goes stale faster in the fridge is because it recirculates air. That's why a bread box works (If you keep it closed all the time, anyway). I freeze mine and pull out two slices when I need to - I toast it before using it so it's nice and crunchy, and my toaster has a defrost setting, so it doesn't go soggy and I don't have to remember to take it out in the morning.

I don't understand how a breadbox does anything. It's not air tight(at least ones I've seen), so how does it make a difference?

You can put it in the fridge or freezer; no worries. Just make sure you keep it as airtight as possible in the plastic bag. The only time I've had bread go stale really quickly in the fridge was when it was bakery bread stored in a brown paper bag. But otherwise, it always works.

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