Latest News - Bread Storage, The Lost Art

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In developing our first products for the transport and storage of bread we have realised what a wonderful product bread is. Also there is limited information on its storage, given people have been storing bread for hundreds of years. In our search we have come across a lot of interesting test that have been conducted on how to prolong the freshness of bread and what can be expected.

Here are a summary of the main findings.

The staling or deterioration of bread has been known since ancient times and has kept researchers busy over several centuries. Still, parts of the mechanism remain unknown. Today the aging of bread correlates with immense economic losses due to the staling, resulting in a poor taste and dryness in only a few days.

If you want your homemade bread to stay fresher for longer, you’re best off storing it in a reusable cotton bag with a majority of the air removed on your bench or place in a bread box. Freezing has become a popular method to retard the staling rate and to extend shelf life.

Homemade bread doesn’t contain the extra preservatives that supermarket loaves often do, so it can be a battle to keep it fresh beyond the first day or two. The age old bread boxes are making a comeback. If you want to keep a store-bought artisan loaf or homemade bread in its peak condition for a few days, A good bread box is definitely recommend. Using a breadbox is also a greener way to store your bread, no excess plastic needed. That means you’ll create less waste, both by limiting the use on single use plastic bags and by preventing your bread from going stale. If you’re buying pre-sliced bread, the breadbox might not be for you unless you store it in a cotton bag or rap the bread to limit it exposure.

The biggest contributing factor to staling is the humidity in your kitchen. The dryer the air the more we need to do to seal the air away from the loaf. This brings another problem with the build up of moisture causing moulding. A bread box and bread bag are the only thing that works. It secures the bread inside, offering a cool, dark space for it to reside. The small controlled amount of air to circulate prevents moulding, letting the bread breath just a little bit. Meanwhile, the moisture is trapped inside the bag or box. By merely placing your bread inside, the crust remains crispy, and the inside of the bread remains fluffy, moist, and chewy, and not all that different from when you first got it.

The truth is that baked goods are at their prime the moment they come out of the oven—especially bread. As soon as your loaf begins to cool, its quality begins to diminish. If you plan on baking homemade bread, be sure to time it so it can be enjoyed as soon as it comes out of the oven. But even if it’s from the grocery store or your local bakery, you can extend bread’s lifespan with a little science—and some storage know-how.

Understanding the requirements for controlling the exposure of bread to the environment is why we have provided two different bread bags. The Organic Cotton bag is a high quality cotton which reduces the amount of air flow to the bread. Your knowledge of your kitchens humidity may mean you need to further rap you bread for storage in the bag. The rPET bread bag is designed for transportation of your bread and placement in the freezer. Its unique design stops freezer burn. If it is used on a bench top the bread might dry out as the bag has less resistance to air flow.

We are in the process of developing a bread box under our brand. In our research we have found a majority of boxes in the market are not worth purchasing. In purchasing a good bread box one of the main item is to have the ability to adjust the boxes ventilation allowing for the changes in humidity. The second problem found is the quality of bamboo boxes having poor manufacturing standards and suffering greatly during transport. Remember the key to bread storage is controlling the amount of air.

Hope this has been helpfully, and again thank you for your support in reducing the number of one use plastic items.

Dominic Elliot