Here are a few tips for the care of your freshly baked breads. Please let us know if you have a favorite tip for keeping your bread fresh and you would like to share it with others. We would love to hear!
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Refrigeration of bread actually increases the staling process. To keep bread fresh, store it at room temperature in a dark, dry place such as a breadbox or kitchen drawer or cupboard. If you're not going to eat a store bought loaf within a week, freeze it in its original packaging.
Unbaked yeast dough may be frozen. The best stage to freeze yeast dough is before the final rising period. Mix and knead dough and let it rise the first time. Punch down dough and shape into the desired shape and freeze. It may be made into nonspecific shapes and shaped after it has thawed. To thaw: If already shaped into final shape, thaw frozen dough in the cooking pan. Thaw at room temperature 3 hours or in the refrigerator overnight. If not shaped into the final form, place in refrigerator to thaw 8 hours or overnight. Then let the dough stand at room temperature about 15 minutes to warm slightly before shaping.
If you are not going to eat a homemade loaf of bread within 3 days, freeze it to retain the freshness. Homemade bread does not have any preservatives, and will spoil quickly.