cover page: http://www.breadtopia.com
There are simple tricks by which bread and all types of pastries can last longer while retaining freshness. Experts, on the other hand, say that keeping bread in the refrigerator will not prolong its shelf life because it encourages changes in the texture of bread (pastries) because it accelerates dehydration.
It often happens that the bread bought the day before dries up or starts to crumble. This happens because we do not store it properly. If we keep the bread in a plastic bag for a few days at room temperature, mold will appear on the bread (pastry). If we keep the bread unwrapped, it will dry and harden quickly, although the mold will not be on the bread.
Ways of storing bread (flour pastries) that help keep bread fresh and longer lasting:
1. If you buy bread whose shelf life is one day, keep it in a plastic bag at room temperature
2. If you buy bread that has a shelf life of a few days, keep it in the refrigerator in a cotton bag (or wrapped in a cotton cloth). After taking the bread out of the fridge and cutting it, you will easily “refresh” the bread by heating it in the microwave.
3. Keep bread in the refrigerator in a separate compartment (from other foods) so that it does not absorb the smells of other foods.
4. Well-packaged bread in a plastic bag can be kept in the freezer for up to a month. Defrost by keeping at room temperature for several hours (or in the microwave).
5. The best place to store bread is a dry and dark place because it quickly loses its freshness, the bread becomes dry and hard, the middle of the bread crumbles and the crusts soften.
6. The most famous way to keep fresh bread and all pastries is to pack them in plastic bags. Freshness will be preserved. The bread does not dry out that way. However, keep in mind that after a few days, mold will appear on the bread.
7. You can refresh hard bread by spraying it with water. Then bake it in the oven for 10-15 minutes (or in the microwave with less minutes).
8. Never throw away old bread, but cut it into slices. Allow to dry completely. Finely chop it in a mincer. You can put dry slices in bags and crush with a rolling pin by passing over the sliced bag several times.
9. You can use old bread to make croutons (cubes) for soup. Cut the bread into cubes. Fry the cubes. Just before eating, put it in a plate with soup.
10. You can always use the excess bread for fried eggs and milk. Dip the bread in a plate of milk. Then dip slices of bread in a plate with scrambled eggs. Fry in oil until the slices turn golden.
11. You can use the excess bread for steak with stuffed meat. Soak old bread in water. Allow to soften. Squeeze out excess water with your hands. Place in a bowl to which you will add other spices. Add the stuffed meat with spices, finely chopped onion, parsley, one egg and a little grated carrot. Knead well with your hands. Shape the steak by making balls. Flatten them a little. Roll in breadcrumbs. Fry in oil in a hot pan (or oven with greaseproof paper). Then coat them with a little oil after baking. The steaks are ready when they turn brown. In the oven, they are ready in about 20 minutes at a temperature of 180-200 degrees C. After the first ten minutes of frying (or baking in the oven), turn the steak to the other side.
12. You can make so-called “meatless snacks” from excess bread. Add finely sliced potatoes, some fresh cheese or parmesan and spices to the bread. Fry in oil in a hot pan until golden brown.