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Some like their bread in slices and some would just rather bite into the loaf.

But is there a question on what the best way to eat bread is? As it’s easy to push the response to that under the ‘eat your bread the best way it suits you’ cap, you might also want to take into consideration where you are eating and the impression you’d be leaving.

Bread is a type of baked food that consists of meal or flour, various liquid ingredients and most of the time, yeast. Other ingredients may be included depending on the type of bread being made. There are various way you can preserve your bread. However, bread should never be left open to the air for a large amount of time. Doing so will cause your bread to become stale. Always store any type of bread in a cool dry area.

INSTRUCTIONS

Wrap dry, crusty breads in paper. The paper will allow the crust to remain hard and the bread can breathe. Breads wrapped in paper often become stale within a day. If more than a day of preserving is needed, you can wrap the bread in plastic wrap or a plastic bag and then place the bread in a very cold, dark place, such as a cool pantry or freezer. You may need to place the bread in the oven to allow the crust to become hard again if the freezer causes it to soften. If using a plastic bag, squeeze out all of the air.

Store soft bread, such as sandwich bread, in plastic. Put it in the freezer, or a cool, dark place. Do not allow the bread to be exposed to sunlight, which can cause condensation in the wrapper, creating mold on the bread. Sliced loaves stay fresher if frozen and they thaw more quickly than unsliced loaves.

Store soft, enriched breads in a paper bag if you intend on drying the bread out to make bread crumbs. Don't store it in plastic, or the bread will mold due to moisture and will not become hard.

Allow baked bread to cool before placing it in plastic storage. This will prevent condensation in the bag, which will stop mold from developing

Preparation

Choose store-bought bread instead of homemade if you want a bead with a longer shelf life. Store brands are infused with a preservative that helps keep them from molding quickly.If you prepare home-baked bread for superior taste and fewer chemicals, bake denser breads that keep longer than lighter versions. Whole-grain breads have this type of texture and are better for you than white varieties. Allow freshly baked loaves to cool thoroughly before storing them in bags. This prevents moisture from accumulating within the storage bag, which leads to mold formation.

Packaging

Seal your bread tightly in a plastic bag to help keep it mold free. Push out air from the bag by running your hands along the outside edges and then replace the twist tie. Store fresh-baked loaves in sealable plastic bags to increase shelf life. If you still have problems with mold, invest in a specially designed airtight bread bin, which works well to retard fungal growth.

Storage

Your bread, both store-bought and fresh-baked, will stay mold-free longer if you store the loaves in a cool and dark place. Choose an area that is away from any source of heat. Keep your older loaves in the front part of the storage area so you will be sure to use them first. You can increase the shelf life of your bread even longer if you store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Freezing

Freeze loaves of bread when you have too much on hand to eat within a week. This is one way to keep them from molding -- but the bread will not taste quite as fresh once it is thawed. Thaw the amount you want in the fridge. Alternately, invest in a toaster with a defrost setting if you plan to use much frozen bread.