Freezer, fridge or tea towel: we tested 3 ways to store bread

Verified on 07/09/2022 by PasseportSanté
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Want to preserve bread? Freezer, fridge or tea towel, we’ve tested 3 ways of storing bread. Discover our advice and the rules to follow to store bread without health risks.

Keeping bread in the freezer

You’ve bought a lot of bread and can’t eat it all? The most tempting solution is to freeze it. But don’t freeze bread just any old way.

First of all, it’s imperative to avoid putting bread in the freezer as it is. Although the cold can reduce the proliferation of micro-organisms, it’s not impossible for bacteria to lodge inside the bread.

To avoid the slightest risk, it’s best to freeze your bread in a package. You can use an airtight box, plastic film or a freezer bag (as long as you remove as much air as possible).

Note also that bread should not be frozen while still warm. Once frozen, you can keep your bread for around six months. Finally, to avoid any health risk, we strongly advise against refreezing bread after it has already been frozen.

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Keep bread refrigerated

If you plan to eat your bread in the next few days, you can store it in the refrigerator. The best way to do this is to place it in a resealable freezer bag. As with freezing, you need to remove as much air as possible from the packaging.

Place your bread in the coldest part of the fridge, on the highest shelf. This will keep the crumb soft for a few days.

Keep bread in a tea towel

To keep bread fresh for a day or two, without going to the fridge or freezer, you can use the tea towel technique. Wrapping bread in a clean cotton tea towel (or in a cotton bag designed for this purpose) keeps bread crisp for as long as possible.

On the other hand, avoid using plastic packaging if you wish to store your bread in the open air, as this captures moisture and encourages mold.