bread boxes: useful or space wasters?

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Wondering through Tarjay the other day, I was distracted by some very cute bread boxes prominently on display. Do I need one of these, I thought? Our bread storage habits are kinda haphazard. We just toss them in a wire bin tucked under a counter (along with our potatoes, dog treats, and such). My grandma always used one but never told me: Does bread really last longer if stored in a bread basket? Should it be stored in the fridge? Why do some bread bins cost so much?

Some cute bread boxes that have me debating giving up valuable counter space:

Target’s Pin Jan White Bread Box, $18.

Colorful bread bins from Wesco, about $100

Retro Metal Bread Box on Ebay, starting at $19.

— Angela M.

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Carolyn B

The most useful breadboxes are square/rectangular & open to the front side so you can use the top as a storage area for other things.

Kate

I use my bread box for bread (and sometimes for cashews, chocolate, etc.). I find the bread box most helpful for storing baguettes!

DJ

A loaf in my house will be consumed well before it has any chance to go bad.

Julie

I don’t know if they actually keep the bread fresher, but what I like about mine is the way it helps to clean up the visual clutter on the countertops. If I had a beautiful challah or Pain au levain, I’d want to look at them… but I want the usual plastic bread bags and bakery boxes gone.

We use it mostly for home baked bread that doesn’t come with a bag. Sealing it in a ziploc or tupperware seems to make it soggy, but leaving it out on the counter bare just seems wrong (and occasionally lured the cats sample our baking)

Of course, once we had it for fresh bread, we kept purchased bread in there as well when we have it, though I don’t think it makes a difference for that. In our climate, mold is normally a problem before staleness with store-bought bread anyway.

Kim

Definitely don’t keep bread in the fridge.
The cold draws the moisture out, starch molecules crystallize and the bread becomes stale faster.

Libster

I need a bread box. I live in Orlando, Florida and it’s too humid here, bread starts to mold in as little as a few days. It’s just me and my husband always end up throwing the bread away before we can eat it.

I need a bread box that will work that is dark and dry to keep the humidity away.

Amber

It’s always hard for me to give up my counter space for stuff that I don’t really utlize much, but totally love these. I definitely need a bigger kitchen because I would absolutely love to be able to display all of my beautiful kitchen items, especially my tea set from Pacific Merchants. Looks like this: http://www.pacificmerchants.com/tea-products. If you like tea sets like me now’s a great time to by. I work with Pacific Merchants and if you use this code on checkout you will 25% OFF your purchase: TEA4US2012.

Chane

What would be better, a stainless steal bread box, a clay bread box or a wooden one (or does it even make a difference

danny

in my opinion, if you make your own bread at home, such as in a breadmaker, you would use one of these… it keeps the crust and bread fresh and flavorful, vs in zip lock bags….just sayin