So you splurged and bought the bread from the bakery instead of the grocery aisle--you deserve it! Nothing compares to the texture of bread fresh from the oven, but unless you can work your way through the whole loaf in a couple days, it’s bound to disappear. That’s where this handy trick comes in.
Unlike the whole-wheat you pick up in the bread aisle, bakery loaves are free of preservatives that would keep them pillowy; that’s why they end up rock hard within a couple days. But that doesn’t mean bakery-fresh bread is a waste. Simply slice up the remaining bread within 24 hours of cutting into it, and freeze the slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. When they’re frozen solid, transfer the slices to a resealable freezer bag, and roll as much air out of the bag as possible before closing. They’ll keep fresh in the freezer for at least six months, according to Popsugar.
When you have a craving for fresh carbs, just take out as many slices as you need and either let them thaw out at room temperature or pop them in the toaster, adding an extra minute to the timer to both thaw and toast the bread. And if you’re already dealing with a semi-stale bagel or slice of bread, use this trick for restoring it.
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