How to Soften Day-Old Bread

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Blanca came back from a meeting a few days ago and stopped by one of my favorite bakeries. It’s Bakeri in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Their bread is just like the baguettes in France. Bakeri’s baguettes last surprisingly long. I have a trick to lengthen their life. I’ve learned to soften day-old bread.

The best way is to prevent the bread from going stale in the first place. How do you do this?

1. Don’t put bread in the refrigerator: Bread that is stored in the fridge will become stale faster than bread that is stored at room temperature.

2. Get a Breadbox: The bread box will keep the humidity away from the bread and be a great conversation starter. Keeping the bread in a bread box will also keep the crust nice and crusty.

How to Soften Day-Old Stale Bread

1. Preheat oven to 275 F.

2. Soak a clean dish towel in water.

3. Squeeze the towel so that it is merely damp.

4. Wrap the dish towel around your bread.

5. Place it on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes (keep your eyes on it).

6. If left in too long, the towel will start smoking – so make sure to be vigilant.

7. Take the bread out, it should be perfect now. If you need it a little softer, repeat the process for a few more minutes.

Stale Bread Recipes

Stale bread is not always bad though. There are tons of things you can do with stale bread:

1. Breadcrumbs

2. Bread Pudding

3. French Toast

4. Panzanella (Italian tomato & bread salad)

5. Ribollita (Italian bread soup)

6. Meatloaf

7. Croutons

8. Stuffing

9. French Onion Soup

10.  Bruschetta

Do you have other ideas for recipes and uses for day-old stale bread? Share them with us. You can either leave a comment here or log into FriendsEat to share the recipe. Have questions about this method of softening stale bread? Just ask in the comments.

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