Preserving the freshness of your bread overnight ensures that your breakfast will not taste stale. Homemade breads and those without preservatives tend to become stale faster than commercially made loaves, but with some precautions even home-baked breads will remain soft and fresh overnight. Avoid the temptation to keep your bread in the refrigerator; the Wheat Foods Council notes that refrigeration hastens the rate at which bread becomes stale.

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Let the bread cool completely, then wrap it in wax paper.

Place the wax paper-covered loaf into a plastic bag.

Set the plastic bag into a bread box, closed kitchen cabinet or drawer overnight.

Keep wrapped bread in the freezer for up to three months if you need long-term storage. Thaw individual slices on the counter before using.

Freshen a loaf before serving by warming it in a 400-degree F. oven for three to five minutes.