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Keeping Bread Fresh

Bread Storage

A loafs own crust is it's best protection from drying out and staling.

Ensure the loaf has an opportunity to cool down after baking. Most breads are at their very best 2 hours after baking (if you can wait that long).

Cutting the crust from the loaf shortly after baking, and before it is properly cooled, allows considerable moisture to escape and the drying out process to commence.

Placing a freshly baked loaf in plastic draws the moisture through the crust just as wrapping plastic around yourself draws moisture from the body.

Plastic bags also create a humid environment and will accelerate a bread going mouldy.

If you place a loaf in a plastic bag (and thus remove the protection of the crust) it is then best kept in the fridge.

It is not advisable to place a freshly baked loaf in the fridge without it being in a plastic bag, as the drying effect of the fridge will accelerate the staling or drying out of the bread.
The ideal way to store bread is in a bread crock or a bread box.

This should be sufficiently large to have some air around the loaf and not be affected by the operation of either your home heating or cooling system.


We carry a range of bread boxes that are excellent quality and reasonable prices.

PRESERVATIVES

The use of preservatives in bread does not keep them fresh. Preservative 282 (also known as Calcium Proprionate) is actually a mould inhibitor. Its main purpose is in prevention of rope mould in bakeries which can cause doughs to to become sticky and ropey

We have a number of reservations about this product despite it being authorized for use by the health department.

A great many studies link it to the triggering of ADD behavior in children, the triggering of migraine and other side effects.

All About Bread do not use Preservative 282 in any of our bread mixes

Should you wish a loaf to keep fresh longer then the use of All About Bread Wonderfresh is recommended.

Wonderfresh is not a preservative but an emulsifier. It assists in retaining the moisture in bread thus providing a noticeably softer crumb and extending the freshness of the loaf for a further 4 days.

Wonderfresh is added to the bread mix or flour at the rate of 1 teaspoon per loaf thus it is extremely economical. The substitution of 20 ml of oil for 20ml of the water enables the Wonderfresh to combine with the oil thus producing the softness and longer life.

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Natural Preservative

Honey is a natural preservative and the use of a tablespoon of honey as a substitute for a tablespoon water is a good way of ensuring your loaf lasts that little bit longer.