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  1. I was wondering why my bread got moldy after only a few days. I thought putting it in the fridge would make it last longer, but I do remember seeing mositure on the inside and had no idea that would increase the mold production.
    I also heard of putting small holes in the plastic, on all sides. What do you think of that?

    Thanks for the information

    • Hi Terrie… sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Glad I could help. While putting small holes in the will also quicken how fast your bread goes stale. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend that but if you want to try it out for yourself -go for it and let me know how it works.

  2. I bake all of my own bread. Left out, 2-3 days is max before mold. Fridge dries out your bread and changes the structure of your bread. Since there are only 2 of us, I slice some of the bread and freeze it. I put Parchment between the slices in a bag. When it thaws, it takes very little time, and it tastes like it is straight out of the oven. Fridge is never an option if you want a tasty sandwich and not just toast.

    • Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Hi Stacey, thank you for this post! Do you know if homebaked, ecological bread and buns can be frozen safely and defrosted without growing mold easely, and for how long can they stay in the freezer/in roomtemperature safely after defrosting? All the best, Beate

    • Hi Bea. Homemade bread can be frozen and defrosted, but it can still mold at a quick rate. I would suggest you take a few slices or a few buns out of the freezer at a time and use those up before defrosting more. I know you worked so hard on making the bread and it would be a shame to have to throw some out. Just take out what you plan to eat within a day or two. This was a great question. Thank you so much for asking!

  4. After I suggested it several times to the bakery people at my local grocery store (Krogers) they finally started offering their artisan breads in half loves. I convinced them, I guess, that because most people buying artsan bread weren’t likely to eat a whole loaf in two days much of the bread they sold would end up in the trash due to mold (we’re in Houston).

    • Hey Richard, that’s awesome. I wish other grocers would listen to their customers. We stopped shopping at our local Earth Fare, because they didn’t care they were selling artsan bread that went bad the next day.

    • Can I put dry rice in my bread bag to absorb any moisture?

  5. Found your site following the tossing out of the last 4 moldy hotdog rolls. Bought them in a bag of 8, even I can’t eat 8 HD’s in a week. I figure I will just use slices of bread plus condiments and skip the HD rolls. Dave’s Killer Bread works well and is never around long enough to go moldy.

    • Hi Charlie! I’m glad you found my site. I totally agree with you about Dave’s Bread. It never stays around long.

  6. So, after just having a discussion with my teenager about this tonight I searched the nets to find the truth. My experience over my 58 yrs is that we primarily prepare our our bread is toast. And, our experience also tells me the bread, bagels, English muffins and such so not get eaten within a week of purchase. Both of these factors have proven to me that the dreaded fridge is the best place for our bread products if we don’t want to be throwing out 1/3 of what we buy because it has gotten moldy. When eaten as toast, refrigerated bread, bagel, etc. are indistinguishable from unrefrigerated breads. If we were to eat most of our breads and sandwiches, intimated, then I would say no to the fridge. It’s a simple nuance. Toast or fresh, how do you prepare your bread makes all the difference in this argument.

    • Hi Jon, thanks for stopping by. I do see your point, and regardless how we look at things, bread molds to quickly. Like I mentioned, you can keep bread in the fridge, but it’s going to mold quicker due to the moisture level. For testing purposes (I’m a science geek), I have a package of Thomas’ bagels in my fridge that’s been sitting in there for over 1 month, after being in the freezer for a few month. Although, there’s no visible tell-tale signs of mold, there’s no way, I’m even going to chance eating it. Just because you can’t see the mold, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. By no means am I telling you or anyone for that matter to toss our your food. Heck, paying $5 for a bag of bagels kills me every time I do it, and tossing it out hurts even more; however, once you’ve experienced food poisoning, it puts a totally different twist on how you view food. As we age (we’re about the same age) we grow less tolerant of food pathogens. The steel stomach we once had, is now a thing of the past.

  7. Hmm, I’ve been storing all of our breads (both wheat and GF) in the fridge, but now I’m wondering what to do! We always have at least 7 different kinds of breads and bagels as everyone in my household likes something different! I’ll have to look at those bread boxes! xo Nipa

    • Oh my goodness Nipa, that’s a lot of bread. The great thing about bread boxes is, you can fit a lot of bread in them. Maybe not 7 full loaves. I know several people who store their bread in the microwave since it’s airtight. If you were to do that, I’d strongly recommend after using the microwave, I wouldn’t put the bread back in until the microwaved it cooled off. The pantry is also a really great place to store it. Okay, so I’m back on the 7 loaves. To think I though having a loaf of bread and a pack of bagels was extreme. Ha! Girl, you got me beat big time.

  8. Eye opening advice about storing bread in a plastic bag! My son came to show me the moldy bready just minutes before I read this so the timing was perfect. We bake a lot of our own bread so I guess I’m going to look into a bread box!

    • Hi Tessa! Talk about perfect timing! I would totally look into getting a bread box, especially if you’re baking your own bread. Although, for some reason, homemade fresh bread never really lasts very long, since it’s gobbled up so quickly! xoxo Stacey

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