Bread is in its prime the moment it leaves the oven, but it begins to lose moisture as soon as it is exposed to the air. Along with crystallisation of the starch molecules, this results in bread becoming stale. We want our clients and their customers to get the most out of their bread products and baked goods, so here are a few tips to help keep your bread fresh for longer.
The freezer is a great place for fresh bread that you do not intend to use yet. The temperatures halt starch retrogradation which maintains the bread’s stability. Bread is better sliced prior to freezing, and it is advisable to wrap it in plastic. By freezing your bread as soon as possible, you can maintain its quality. Bread should be consumed as quickly as possible after thawing.
If bread is only partially stale, it can be refreshed by wrapping it in foil and heating it in the oven for 5 or 10 minutes. This can also work when crusty bread has gone slightly rubbery. A few moments in the oven draws out the moisture and enhances the quality. Once again, the bread should be eaten immediately.
Try and keep bread in a dark place such as a bread bin or storage cupboard where it is away from artificial and natural light. The ideal storage environment is room temperature as it helps to maintain the crust and crumb texture. It is equally important to properly wrap your bread. Sliced bread products and those with a tender crust benefit from plastic wrapping, whereas crusty breads are better kept in a paper bag. Avoid storing bread in a warm or hot location, particularly close to windows on hot days.
These are fantastic and simple ways to extend the shelf life of your bread. As leaders in bread supply in Newcastle and beyond, we offer a large selection of bread products and baked goods that currently exceeds 800 delicious products. We are trusted suppliers and we strive at all times to deliver a cost-effective and convenient service.