There’s nothing like the aroma of freshly baked, hot bread from the bakery in the morning. No matter what your favorite kind of bread is, chances are you enjoy eating it fresh from the oven, still warm. For those who enjoy the crispy crust of French bread, it’s hard to retain that characteristic crispness after a day. This is the reason why it is generally recommended to eat French bread the day it is baked. However, if you want to save French bread for more than a day, storing it properly will help keep it fresh.
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Place leftover French bread on plate, with the cut side down, and cover with a kitchen towel. This maintains the crispy crust and the crumb will be fresh for the following day.
Place French bread in 1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bags if you want to keep the bread fresh for a few days more. Seal the freezer bags and leave at room temperature.
Wrap the French bread in aluminum foil and place in 1 gallon-sized freezer bags to freeze. Seal the bags tightly and place in the freezer. Frozen French bread should be eaten within one month.
Unsliced French bread will stay fresh enclosed in it’s original packaging for 1 to 2 days.
If the crust gets soft, it will get crispy again by placing it in a heated oven for a few minutes.
References and ResourcesFrom Karen's Kitchen and Yours: Slicing and Storing Homemade Bread
Fine Cooking; Big Buy: French Bread; Fine Cooking Editors; July 2009
Still Tasty: French Bread, Commercial Baked, Unsliced