How to Store Your Bread to Keep it Fresher, Longer

If stored properly, sourdough bread should stay fresh for about 4-5 days, croissants a day or two longer. And if frozen, loaves and croissants will stay fresh for a month or two.

Here are a few tips to keep your bread at its best.

Room Temperature or Not?

If you intend to enjoy your loaves and croissants within a few days after purchase, they should be stored at room temperature in a dry, cool, and dark place.

If you plan to eat your croissants within 2-4 days, it will be best to put them in the refrigerator. Read on below for more instructions…

Paper (or Linen) or Plastic?

Loaves

When eating loaves in the days following a purchase, place them in a paper (or linen) bag. This method allows air to circulate freely around the loaf but not so much that it will dry out. Additionally, once the bread is cut be sure to place the cut side down within the bag on top of a flat surface. And close the bag to ensure no large amounts of air get to the bread.

Croissants

If eating within a day or two, croissants are fine at room temperature stored in a paper (or linen) bag. If you desire to wait longer than a couple days, however, but wish to eat them within a week, then croissants need to be wrapped airtight in plastic and stored in the fridge. When ready to eat simply remove from the fridge and wrap and place in a warm oven or toaster oven for a few minutes to reheat to desired warmth and crispness.

To Freeze or Not to Freeze?

If loaves or croissants are not eaten within a week, then immediately freezing after purchase preserves it in its original form: texture, crust, and flavor.

The best way to freeze bread will be wrapping each piece in plastic wrap and then placing it in an airtight plastic bag. Make sure to squeeze out all the air before sealing.

Also, you can pre-slice and freeze your bread, and thaw and toast one slice at a time as needed.

Croissants can be frozen as well. Before eating, simply thaw on the counter, or overnight in the refrigerator, and toast in an oven or toaster oven until the inside is warm and the outside is crisp.

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