Bread Storage: Getting the most out of your loaf

1-3 days

Store the bread in a paper or cotton bag, or in the breathable plastic bag it was delivered in at room temperature. If the bread is cut, store it cut side down in the bag to keep the interior from drying out. Do not store the bread in the refrigerator! The refrigerator is a dry environment that will make the bread dry out quickly.

 

4-7 days

Store the bread in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature. If the bread is cut, store it cut side down in the bag. The crust will lose some crispness in a sealed bag, but will stay moist longer. The bread can be warmed up again in the oven (re-bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes) or sliced and toasted to regain crispiness. Do not store the bread in the refrigerator! The refrigerator is a dry environment that will make the bread dry out quickly.

Long term storage

Sourdough bread freezes very well. To freeze, slice the bread or leave loaf whole, then wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag and freeze. To refresh, reheat in the oven at 400F for 10-15 minutes if thawed, or 20-30 minutes if frozen. Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.