Making a loaf of fresh bread is easy and exciting in the bread machine. Even a beginner can make a slice of delicious bread for pizza, sandwiches, and more. However, if you don’t store the bread machine bread, the loaf will harden within a few minutes. It begins to lose its taste and dries up quickly.
The aging process of bread cannot stop, but it can slow down the process with some tricks.
What Happens if You Don’t Store Bread Maker Bread Properly?
Proper bread storage is mandatory when you eat the loaf for a few days. Bread stale quickly and remains fresh only for 24 hours. After that, the bread becomes dry and stinky because of oxygen, dehydration, and bacteria. People do not use preservatives for homemade bread, so harmful bacteria attack the bread quickly.
Another reason is a kitchen is a humid area that builds up molds quickly. The mold attack on the bread makes it hard, with moldy green and white spots.
Why does Store Bought Bread stay long and Better Than Bread Machine Bread?
The retail store adds preservatives to the bread to keep it fresh. Artificial preservatives slow down bacteria and mold attacks, keeping the bread fresh.
Homemade bread has all the fresh ingredients and doesn’t need to add preservatives as it is only for family. Bread machine bread is healthy compared to store brought bread. It can only consume for three days.
How to Store Bread Machine Bread
The storing process of bread machine bread is relatively easy. Some simple bread machines and bread tricks increase the lifespan as long as possible.
Use a Bread Box
A bread box is a standard option for every kitchen. Thus, it is old-fashioned but one of the best storage for homemade bread.
To store the bread for a long time, use a larger bread box so the air car circulates into the box better. A bread box protects the bread from drying out. It keeps the bread environment perfectly balanced and keeps the humidity level better.
Do not put too much bread into the bread box; the humidity level will increase inside the box, making the bread soggy. Open the bread box a few times daily to balance the humidity. Also, do not keep it completely airtight. Make some vent holes or use wooden or bamboo bread boxes.
Use Paper Bag
Paper bags are another best choice to keep the bread machine bread fresh. Wrap the bread with paper and keep it for three days in your kitchen. Some paper bags have an extra layer of protection to prevent harmful bacteria and mold build-up.
A plastic bag could be the best or worst thing for bread. However, it is not an excellent option to keep the quality of the bread. Sometimes the bread could be soggy and have no crust. Also, the moisture will increase inside the bag.
A tricky way is to put some slice of apple or potato with bread and seal it in a plastic bag. Potato and apple will absorb the excess moisture and maintains freshness. Double-wrap the bread and keep it in a cool, dry place. It also saves the bread from a dry climate.
Freeze the Bread
Freezing the bread is the best way to keep the bread fresh for longer. Just wrap it in a plastic bag and keep it in the freezer.
You can store the bread for up to 2 months. Do not keep it until you freeze it right after you remove it from the bread machine. Let the bread cool for sometimes and cut it into several pieces and put them in a food container.
Squeeze out the air from the bag and tightly seal it. This way, the taste will remain the same, and the humidity won’t affect the crispness.
Ways to Freeze Bread
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|Sliced bread||Pre-slice the bread and store individual pieces in a freezer bag. Toast directly from the freezer.|
|Whole loaf||Freeze the entire loaf in a freezer bag for the best results. Let it thaw on the kitchen counter for the best flavor.|
|Divided loaf||If the bread is too large, cut it into quarters and let each portion thaw naturally at room temperature.|
I hope this table helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Can You Let the Bread in The Breadmaker Overnight
Almost every bread machine has a delayed cycle where you can add the ingredients in the middle of the night or after the whole night. So, you can bake the bread fresh in the morning.
How Long Does Fresh Bread from A Bread Maker Last?
The bread can last up to 2 to 3 months in the freezer. In average temperatures, the freshness lasts 3 to 4 days; then, the bread will dry out because of oxidization. In low temperatures and wrapped in a plastic bag, the bread remains fresh for 5days. Freezing bread quality won’t be good after three months.