i dig the bread bin, but will it save my loaf?

breadbin

I pretty much freeze every loaf of bread I buy these days. Summertime in the city means serious humidity, and it seems if I don’t freeze my bread it goes bad before I get halfway through it. I don’t mind freezing it, but it means the bread must be toasted when I want to eat it. Well, sometimes a girl wants a sandwich on soft (un-toasted) bread, so I’m looking to find an alternative. I’ve never had a bread box before, and I’m wondering if it’s actually a useful contraption. Is it simply storage, or will it help with freshness? Do any of you store your bread in a box? I found this great looking bread bin over at Joseph Joseph. It’s 100% melamine and the lid doubles as a bread board. The bright red color would work great in my kitchen, but I don’t know if it’s going to save me from my freezer. Any advice? — Erica P.

From our partners

Just keep it in a sealed container in the fridge. We make our own bread (no presevatives) and in the fridge it never goes bad, doesn’t need to be thawed, and won’t draw bugs.

pk3v

In recently debating this myself, I came across a suggestion to use your microwave as a bread box. I figured I’d try it out, before committing to another purchase, and it works great! Perhaps not as long term as the freezer, but good enough to last the week.

Tim

Erica:

We’ve had this problem for over 20 years on the cape. And we just found the solution (and feel a little silly for having waited this long). What you want is a Brisker. http://www.briskercrisper.com/ They say its not for bread, unless you want your bread crisp. But we’ve found that if you keep the bread off the bottom of the brisker, it works perfectly.

I use the large Anchor Hocking glass storage dish with lid to store bread in the fridge. I did that becasue I wanted to stop buying bread in plastic, but all the fresh bread in paper got hard too fast. You either have to squish down the bread or cut it to make it fit, depending on the size, but it stays soft for a long time. I should probably find a domed cake plate that fits in my fridge, so that bigger loaves will fit.
http://www.amazon.com/Anchor-Hocking-Glass-Refrigerator-Storage/dp/B000LNW3OC/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1250092022&sr=1-22

Ellie

Diana that’s an awesome idea, I live by anchor dishes in the fridge but would have never thought of using it for bread. I wish I had one in loaf size.

On a side note, this is the first summer I’ve been keeping my butter in a butter bell and its like a revelation. Fresh spreadable butter in the summertime,

Dionna

I don’t know about the bread bins, because I’ve never used one. I’ve always stored our bread in the refrigerator, though. Our bread (store bought and homemade) stays fresh for weeks on end in the refrigerator. No need to deal with frozen bread and having to toast.

my bread bin doesn’t add more than a day or so to the life of my breads. i prefer fridge to freezer, though…no ice crystals to dry it out when you toast the bread. still better fresh, but i agree – i get about 2 days out of bread if i leave it out, esp. in the summer!

I just purchased a vintage tin bread box a few weekends ago, so I haven’t really tried it out long enough, but so far I like how fresh my bagels have stayed. I’m not a big ‘fresh bread’ kinda gal, so if I’m using bread, it’s usually for toast. Most of the time, my bread can be found in the freezer. My grandmother has this great trick, though. She puts about 4 pieces of sliced bread in a ziplock baggie, and throws that into the freezer. She’ll do the whole loaf like that. And if she’s going to make a sandwich for lunch, she knows to take out one of the baggies either the night before or around breakfast time so it will be thawed.

K

I’m afraid I don’t have a solution, but I have a little warning about keeping bread in the fridge. I have read more than once that bread stored in the fridge still goes bad but without the warning flag of mold. Confirm/debunk required; I’m afraid I don’t have a reference at the mo but have read it somewhere that seemed convincing.

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Amber

Putting bread in the fridge makes it go stale faster. I don’t usually by commercial bread — just artisanal loaves with crispy crusts — so I definitely want my bread to get hard any faster. I use the bread bag suggested by cooks illustrated. It’s a plastic lined fabric bag. In the summertime, I don’t seal it though, otherwise the bread will get moldy immediately. I can’t comment on bread boxes for softer loaves though…

Kami

I store bread in the freezer, then microwave it for approx. 10-15 seconds to defrost. It leaves the bread soft, unlike the toaster.

We put ours in the rice/slow cooker (it’s sealed airtight) so bread that typically becomes rock hard…stays SOFT FOR DAYS UPON DAYS!!! It’s a miracle.