But the biggest problem with French bread is that they don’t stay soft long! The French bread has to be consumed within a day or two, and that makes it difficult to keep a supply of bread on hand. The maximum length of time that I've been able to keep French bread soft is a couple of days.
What others have done to keep French bread from going hard.1) Put the French bread in the refrigerator.
2) Cut the French bread up and put it in a Ziploc bag.
3) Keep the French bread in the original paper bag and place it in a grocery bag and wrap it tight.
4) Wrap the French bread in aluminum foil. Put it in a sealed plastic bag and place it in the Freezer. Before use, defrost it at room temperature or wrap it in aluminum foil and stick it in a pre-heated oven for 5 minutes.
From Ehow on bread in general: http://www.ehow.com/how_8201701_keep-bread-soft.html:
5) Put bread in a linen bread bag and store it at room temperature. The linen allows the bread inside to breathe, unlike plastic bags. It's also a recyclable choice. You can purchase a linen bread bag or you can make one yourself.
From Ehow on Baguette http://www.ehow.com/how_8261897_keep-baguette-soft.html:
6) Wrap any baguette that you did not consume with a stalk of celery. Use plastic cling wrap to wrap the baguette tightly. The celery, which has a high moisture content, will help keep the baguette moist without becoming soggy.
What I've done keep my French bread soft and make it last longer:
7) Spray water on the French bread and put it in the microwave for (x) seconds, depending on how big the piece of bread is.
8) Bake my own!
9) Wrap the French bread in a cotton towel.
10) I don't believe this tip applies to French bread, but it is a tip for when you buy bread in general.
Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are: Monday = Blue, Tuesday = Green, Thursday = Red, Friday = White and Saturday = Yellow. So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday through Saturday, even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. They don't deliver on W or Su... so buy bread from Tuesday or Saturday to get the freshest available.
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1) How long can you keep your French bread from going hard?
2) What have you done to help keep your French bread soft?
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