Monday, June 6, 2011

How to select, store and refresh preservative free breads

http://www.slashfood.com/videos-partner/how-to-select-and-store-preservative-free-bread-farmers-market-230511810-56


What’s the best way to keep preservative-free bread?




FREEZERS
·      The freezer is the ideal place to store preservative-free bread when mold growth is a concern. 
·      Wrapped bread will keep for up to three months in the freezer.
·      Try to remove as much air as possible from the freezer-proofed bag.  
·      Pre-slice your loaf for easy portions. 

Once you bring your fresh loaf of Tommy’s bread home, you can use storage techniques to help it last longer. Keep the bread in a bread box and store in a cool place (in Malaysia, would be an air-con room J); alternatively, freezer bag and store it in your freezer (the refrigerator will dry it out). 

How To Refresh Your Bread

OVEN/TOASTER

·      Defrosting a slice or a loaf at room temperature
can take a few hours; this can be speeded
up by placing it in a pre-heated oven or
toaster for a few minutes.

·      To ensure that crumb stays soft. Insert two
slices back to back in the toaster.

·      Once toasted, you can keep the slices warm by putting them in a cotton or linen cloth.

·      When crusty bread has lost its crispness it can be placed uncovered in a hot oven for 5 minutes.
 

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