Should you keep bread on the counter or in the fridge?

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Should you keep bread on the counter or in the fridge?



(Picture: Shutterstock)We all store food differently, but a general rule to go by is: if it’s stored a certain way in the store, it’s best to store it the same at home.
For instance, keeping butter in the fridge and crisps in the cupboard – though the cheap cartons of juice are an exception.
But what about bread? Supermarkets keep it on shelves, at room temperature, but many people tend to store it into the fridge or freezer – thinking it will make it last longer.
But apparently, the counter is actually the best place to keep your bread. Or a bread bin, of course.
According to StillTasty, if you store your bread in the fridge, it will dry out a lot quicker and become stale faster than bread kept at room temperature.
If you keep your bread on the counter, you can expect to keep it fresh for up to a week – as long as you keep the packaging closed so that it can’t dry up.
Obviously some people don’t like to keep the bread out on the counter, as it can make the kitchen look a little messy – but it’s the best thing to do if you want to make the most of your food.
Or, to keep your kitchen in order, invest in a bread bin.
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If you’re wanting to make your bread last even longer than a week – say, at least three months – all you have to do is freeze it.
Sure, the defrosting part can be a little annoying (unless you want toast), but it will save you counter space, and it’ll save you money.
To make sure you keep it in best quality – wrap the bread tightly in cling film and in foil or freezer paper.
And then, write the date on the bread before putting in the freezer and use within six months.
It’s cost effective, quick and easy and saves you kitchen space. Lovely.
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