If you love to make your own bread at home and you can't think of anything better than that perfectly baked crust, then you need to find out the top tips for keeping it at its best!
Maybe you’re not a baker but you never seem to get through your loaf of bread before it starts to go dry or get a mouldy, it feels like such a waste when this happens. We have some storage ideas for you too!
Here at Wesco we love to find you the perfect bread bin or food storage solutions that you love the styling of, we believe that looks and function must work hand in hand. Whether you have a small apartment kitchen, or you're feeding a family our bread bins come in all shapes and sizes.
So, is it paper over plastic? Freeze and keep away from the refrigerator or will a bread bin be your perfect solution!
You’ve been baking over the weekend and you want to store it but keep that same freshly baked bread appeal…get freezing! It’s certainly the best way to preserve your crusty loaf for the longest time possible. Wrap it tightly in a freezer bag whole or sliced depending on whether you want to use it slice by slice or a loaf at a time.
How to de-frost: It can all go a little bit wrong at the de-frosting stage.
When defrosting the whole loaf, the best way to do this is in the refrigerator overnight, left out on the kitchen worktop it can go soggy. Most importantly, take it out of the freezer bag when defrosting, this keeps any water from pooling while it defrosts.
If this seems a little scary, you can always reheat the bread straight from the freezer in the oven at 160 degrees Celsius for 25-30 mins. Slices are straight forward, simply pop them in the toaster.
Indulge straight away: Paper or Plastic?
Looking to indulge in your tasty fresh bread over the weekend? Typically, it will last 2-3 days but to keep it at its best, paper is the way forward. Plastic may seem like the ideal to seal in freshness, this can actually encourage mould growth, leaving your bread being thrown away. Use the crusty ends of your bread to cover the sliced edge, leaving it exposed will dry it out.
They are a great way of keeping your bread fresh and they look stylish on your kitchen worktops too. Our Wesco bread bins have been designed with ventilation holes at the back allowing just a small amount of air to circulate, preventing the bread from moulding. You also want a bread bin that is a size to suit your household, with our Wesco bread bins you can choose the same great design in different sizes. Someone who lives on their own is not necessarily going to want the family sized bread bin. But why shouldn’t they have the same great design style and features!
Let’s take a look at our most popular bread bins:
Elly: Sleek and stylish and the colour choice is vast.
Available in 3 different sizes.
- The largest is the Elly, this is suitable for your full size 800g loaf.
- Single Elly, this is for the smaller loaf, around 400g
- Mini Elly, well this one is more for treats or anything else you would like to keep in a lovely looking storage container.
- The largest is the Grandy, this is suitable for an 800g large loaf, along with other tasty pastries and breads.
- In the middle is the Single Grandy, this will hold a 400g loaf, along with other tasty treats.
- The Mini Grandy is the smallest and is perfect for cakes or anything small you would like to store around the home.
Breadboy: Make a statement, a retro gem that will be a feature in the home.
Available in 2 different sizes.
- The large standard Breadboy can hold a large 800g loaf and other pastries and cakes.
- The Single Breadboy can hold 400g loaf and other pastries.
There's no mini for this collection we're afraid!
Where to store you bread, whether it is freshly baked at home or bought in store is critical to preserve its freshness.
Positioning you bread in the kitchen can also cause mould to form faster, if you think above the fridge is a good idea, think again. Storing bread near or on appliances that produce heat such as dishwashers and fridges will dry out a paper bag and cause the bread to go mouldy if in a plastic bag.
Try to store your bread in a cool and dry area of your kitchen, if not on the counter in a stylish bread bin then in a cabinet or deep drawer.