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Trash the Bread Bags!

| 2/12/2019 1:53:00 PM

Many years ago, I was enthralled with wooden bread boxes. It was all I could do to discipline myself to wait until I had enough expendable income to purchase one. After all, a bread box of any kind is really a luxury, right?

While there may be some truth to that statement, if you’re baking your own bread, you know that leaving it at room temperature in any kind of container will hasten its spoilage, especially in summer’s heat and humidity.

While storing bread in bags in the refrigerator is an obvious choice and age-old practice in my realm, it’s not the storage method I now recommend to my bread-baking peers. 


Here are some reasons I decided to trade bread bags for one of today’s bread keepers:

  1. No matter how I tried, as I moved bread in and out of the refrigerator to use it, the bag gathered moisture. Besides spoiling several slices of bread, it greatly increased the likelihood that the bread would mold before we could use it.
  2. My loaves were large enough that one-gallon bags wouldn’t hold a loaf. If I wanted to avoid cutting my loaf into two or three pieces, I had to purchase two-gallon bags. Not a huge extra expense, but still an added bread-baking cost.
  3. Bags don’t offer the loaf any protection from whatever is stored beside them. Dented and crushed loaves did occur. 

While these are hardly earth-shattering reasons to invest in a bread keeper, it seemed logical to me to take good care of my bread once I went to the trouble to bake it. 

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