(Before It's News)
…. I can't remember now how it came to be, but I started reading online about bread boxes. I always just assumed a bread box was a place to store your bread so the counter wouldn't look messy. Not so! I have discovered that the traditional Bread Box helps to keep bread fresh longer. How did I not know this? I guess my mom didn't use one and I simply never talked with anyone about it. I thought I would put it to the test. I don't have an official Bread Box (yet), so I cleaned up this old “tin” to use:
It's a nice big old cookie tin that I've had for a number of years and have used to store canning rings in. I thought, “Well, if this works, then I'll see if I can get a real Bread Box.” The article I was reading suggests wrapping the loaf of bread in a cotton cloth, so that's what I did. I put my loaf of whole wheat sourdough bread in the tin, wrapped in a nice cotton cloth. Here is what is left today. I put it in there on Tuesday, so that was 3 days ago.
Let's unwrap it!
And here I cut off a nice slice.
The bread is still nice and moist and nearly as fresh as the day I made it. Now, I do understand that sourdough bread (true, long – fermented bread) has better keeping qualities than “normal” bread, but even so… this is much much better!
If you store your fresh breads in plastic bags, it simply doesn't work. I don't know why. It just doesn't. And if you pre-slice your bread, that's not a good idea either.
I can't tell you how pleased I am! The extra bread that I made is in a plastic bag in the freezer. When I need some, I will just get it out and let it thaw and them wrap it in the cloth and put it in the tin.
A small thing, again, but I am easily entertained. ;)