Not only is bread part of a staple diet, but it’s also one of the most popular foods in Germany. People in this country are real bread connoisseurs. It’s estimated that there are around 300 different varieties of bread in Germany.
With these few simple tips and tricks, you can keep that delicious bread fresh for longer and continue to use it, even when it’s seen better days.
Paper bags from the bakery, cling film, tin foil, storing it in the fridge: none of these solutions are the best way to make sure your bread will continue to taste great after a few days. Bread crocks made from clay, stone or ceramic are better; so are bread bins. They aren't completely airtight when closed, which means the bread can still breathe without drying out straight away.
Here’s another tip for small households or those who don’t eat bread every day: simply freeze the bread in portions. Many people wrongly believe that doing this makes bread lose its flavour, but that just isn't true. The important thing to do is freeze the bread as soon as possible, while it’s still fresh – don’t wait until it’s already been out for a few days. Another thing to remember is that bread goes stale extra fast in the critical temperature range between -7 and +7 degrees Celsius, so ideally it should be frozen as quickly as possible. With that in mind, it’s always best to divide the sliced bread and freeze it in portions, rather than trying to freeze the whole loaf. Make sure you allow any excess water to drain off when the bread is thawing.
Older bread is most susceptible to dehydration. Bread loses water when it is left out for a while, so adding some moisture can help to revive it. Simply wrap the bread in a damp dish cloth. Once it has absorbed a bit of moisture, you can crisp it the oven on a medium heat for a few minutes. A quicker option is to carefully rub the bread or the slices of bread with dampened fingertips and then crisp it up in the oven. But careful: don't soak the bread!
Delicious, good-quality bread from the baker doesn’t usually come cheap. That’s why it’s all the more annoying when the loaf gets old and no longer tastes so fresh. But the bin isn’t the only solution! It’s very easy to make croutons out of stale bread and rustle up a tasty and filling topping for salads or soups.
cut the leftover bread into small cubes, removing the crust if desired. Heat about half a tablespoon of oil or butter in a pan and toast the cubes of bread until they turn golden brown. Drain on a paper towel and season with a little paprika or salt to taste. Done!
A fresh, crisp loaf from the baker is one of the most enjoyable ways to eat bread. But it's also easy to bake a loaf at home, and the bonus is that you can put together your own favourite ingredients. How about some tasty spelt wholemeal flour and some of your favourite grains? In just a few simple steps, you can transform these ingredients into a fresh loaf of home-made wholegrain spelt bread.