You’ve purchased a loaf of locally sourced, organic, vegan, freshly milled sourdough bread…. Now what?!
Depending on how soon you wish to eat your bread there are a few ways to store it to keep it fresh. The bag that it comes in will act as a makeshift breadbox. You can keep the bread in the bag on the counter or refrigerator wrapped up but not completely closed. The key is to have a small amount of air flow in and out of the bag to let the loaf breathe. If the bag is completely sealed the bread may start to mold.
Half now, half later.
Many people choose to cut the loaf in half and freezing one half for later. This is a great option if you aren’t planning to eat the whole loaf fairly soon. Place the half to be frozen in a zip lock bag and press out as much air as possible before sealing and freezing. Thawing on the counter and gently heating in an oven is a great way to bring it back to life.
The best option, besides eating the loaf as soon as you get it, is to use a bread box. These boxes are designed to stay fairly cool and allow just enough airflow to keep your bread fresh.