Keeping loaves of artisan bread fresh for more than one day can take some thinking.
We cut our bread from the middle of the loaf to keep the sliced surfaces from drying out. It works!
Before returning the loaf to its bag, we use an elastic to hold the two cut surfaces together. Here's a link to great oversize elastic bands that we use in so many ways.
We also wrap the bread in a clean flour sack dish towel. (These are also Ed's favorite towels for drying wine glasses.)
This system keeps the bread fresh as we make our way to the small crusts on the end. These often wind up toasted as croutons in salads.
Here are some of our other favorite bread tools!
You may have seen this tip before. This is an update of a post we did in 2008. We were chatting with another bread-a-holic recently and she loved this idea when we shared it. That inspired us to refresh and republish the information.
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Words: Penny Cherubino
Photos: ©2008 Penny Cherubino