September 18, 2003

bread storage?

POST #    384

while grocery shopping on sunday, i bought some bread for my tuna craving. after using my bread, i put it in the microwave to keep it fresh. the downside to this is that i just remembered having bread today. upon mentioning this to jess, she was taken aback by my storage technique. i usually just put my bread on the counter, but it gets moldy too fast. then i remembered hearing somewhere that storing bread in the microwave works just like a bread box. and because i live in new york and don't have enough counter space for a bread box, i used the microwave. after doing a search or two on the internet, i couldn't find anything to support my microwave thing, but i did find this how to store bread page. they say that bread should never be stored in a fridge (several other sites say this too), but to store the bread in a cool, dark, dry place, with bread bins/boxes being ideal. again, since i lack one, i used the microwave. the microwave is cool, dark, and dry, no?

is there anyone else who has heard of this at all? what other bread storage techniques are out there?

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 12:08 PM



interesting...sounds rational enuf. yea...the fridge makes the bread squishy and pliable. mebbe ill try out the microwave technique...

Posted by: halo at September 18, 2003 2:35 PM

i've never actually tried the fridge. i suppose i can check on my bread when i get home and see if there is any mold. i bought it a little while ago, so i'm thinking there might be a spore or two.

Posted by: tien at September 18, 2003 3:46 PM

the fridge def works...but at the cost of the bread quality. u could technically throw the bread into the fruit bin and keep the humidity low...but i think the cold still does something to the bread-ness of the brea.

Posted by: halo at September 18, 2003 4:25 PM

i'm jumping on the bandwagon. my bread is in the microwave. i'm hoping cal doesn't accidentally nuke it. so we'll try this and see how it works- the mice can't get in there, can they? or the gigantic grasshoppers?

Posted by: jess at September 18, 2003 7:11 PM

bread is still fresh. no mold. no condensation. so far, so good.

Posted by: tien at September 18, 2003 7:21 PM

i always store my bread in the fridge. i always toast it before i use it, so it regains its "breadness" when it gets hot and toasty (yum).

i feel like the microwave is kind of a humid environment, non? it gets hot and heated and moist after you cook (from steam), and unless you leave the door open to dry it out, it stays that way. maybe it's just psychological?

Posted by: jeannette at September 18, 2003 10:03 PM

yes, i tend to toast as well, so i guess the moisture wouldn't be a problem.

i don't think the microwave is any more humid than the fridge. and if i used the nuke recently, i would probably keep the bread out of it for a while. and there is some sort of vent situation for the microwaves too. so far, so good. the only problem is remembering that you have something in it.

Posted by: tien at September 18, 2003 10:07 PM

hm - i seem to remember hearing something about how the fridge dries stuff out (re: storing flowers in the fridge). i have no idea what the deal is with that. all i know is that anything moist i store in the fridge dries out unless it's in a plastic bag, in which case it molds.

Posted by: jeannette at September 19, 2003 12:28 AM

jeannette, i'm thinking that you should start putting your bread in the microwave. it can be the start of a trend.

Posted by: tien at September 19, 2003 12:16 PM

i've never been much of a trendsetter, tien. but i appreciate your faith in me. :)

Posted by: jeannette at September 19, 2003 2:27 PM

well, you start doing it, your friends start doing it. halley starts doing it, his friends start doing it. jess starts doing it, her friends start doing it. i start doing it, my friends start doing it. before you know it, it will be a bread storage phenomenon. we will put the bread bin industry out of business.

Posted by: tien at September 19, 2003 2:42 PM

well, now i'm anti. i think bread boxes are so cute! i would hate to be the cause of the downfall of the bread box industry! if i had more room, i would get a bread box for sure! so down with microwave bread storage! my bread is now in my dresser drawer. very dry and dark there.

Posted by: jess at September 19, 2003 2:56 PM

I always store my bread in the fridge. Store it on the bottom shelf or in the vegetable drawers. Storing it on the top shelf causes inside bag consendsation. On the lower shelves or the bottom drawers there is no consendsation and bread can remain fresh for three to four weeks. In contrast, storing it on the counter will cause it to become moldy in five to eight days depending on the brand. Toast it or take it out and let it warm up for about ten minutes and it's fine for sandwiches. Whoever says bread is no good after refrigeration obviously doesn't know how to do it. Enjoy.

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