Bread does not go stale by “drying out” because stale “dry” bread weighs the same as moist “fresh” bread. So how does bread go stale? Bread goes stale through a process of starch retrogradation, in which the starch transposes to a crystalline form in the presence of the water contained within the bread itself. This happens when bread is stored without airflow and is sped up by refrigeration.
Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Bread Box:
- Easy-Access Roll-top Lid
- Heavy Duty, Shatter-Proof Glass Top
- Great for Bread, Bagels, Muffins and More!
I diced up about 1/2 a bag of mission figlets, cutting off the stems, and placed the diced figlets in a bowl with the yeast and water plus 1/4 cup that my no-knead artisan white bread mix called for. Then continued to follow the package directions to finish my bread. It turned out amazing!
- Keep their contents at room temperature, thus prolonging the storage time.
- Have a lid loose enough to allow airflow, which helps to prevent the formation of mold by reducing condensation.
- Have a lid tight enough to protect their contents from mice and all other pests, including ants.
- Should keep bread fresh for up to three days.
With these expectations in mind I set out to test the Francois et Mimi Stainless Steel Bread Box that I received in exchange for my honest opinion. I made a white fig bread which is quiet moist and has a soft crust. Knowing that amount of bread in the bread in the box affects the amount of humidity in it I put the cooled fresh baked loaf in it with some hoagies that I bought at the bakery the other day. The next day my hoagies were actually nicer than when they went in. The humidity from the fresh bread softened the outside that had started to get hard. I love bread so I barely made it to day three with some bread left in my box. However, it was delicious and had kept beautifully. The box has a lid that let the air flow and not seeing any unwanted visitors in it I have to say it’s tight enough.
Tip: I have found that bread keeps better when you remove the paper bags and place your breads in the box unwrapped. Because of the humidity that builds up, paper gets damp and the bread gets soggy.