Bread can be the perfect addition to a meal. However, if you recently purchased a loaf of Italian bread but find it too hard or stale to eat, don’t throw it away and waste your food and money. Follow these simple steps to soften and refresh your bread. These will not only save you money, but also save you another trip to the store.

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Check your bread to see if there are any signs of mold. If there are, you will have to throw it out. If there is no mold, cut the loaf into small sections that will fit into the microwave.

Moisten a paper towel with water, milk or soy milk and wrap the paper towel around the bread. Place the wrapped bread on a microwave-safe plate.

Heat the bread in the microwave on high for 15 seconds.

Remove the plate from the microwave and unwrap the bread to see if it is soft and moist enough. If not, you can repeat the process for another 15 seconds until you are satisfied.