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Old 06-28-2011, 01:14 AM
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Making homemade bread last longer?

Ive "almost" mastered bread making, my next quest is making it last longer before it goes stale?

I make normal white bread with dried yeast, sugar etc, nothing fancy, but it tastes good.

Are there any tips to making it last longer before it goes stale?
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:49 AM
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Sourdough naturally last longer and tends not to stale like yeast-ed bread. The freezer works well to store whole loaves just wrap up tight and leave it in the bag while thawing. the fridge is a bad bread storage place.

If your looking for chemical or additives to preserve the bread longer like the stuff on the store shelf , I'm not the person to ask.

I tend not to bake yeast-ed for just that reason.
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:04 AM
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How long does sour dough bread last before it goes off?
Maybe Im storing mine wrong as it sits on the bench before we ...arhum.....eat it (chuck it out to the chooks).
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For me it's about a week during the summer before it goes moldy. Then it a dog treat. But like anything fresh you will notice a difference as time goes by. By day 4 it's good toast, french bread, bread pudding. Or it can be incorporated into your next loaf of bread as an ingredient.

Now sourdough is a commitment because your dealing with a live entity so you will need to tend to it regularly. You need to think of it as another kid in the house or a new pet. Nothing better in my opinion. My pizza dough is sourdough as well so I'm hooked.
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You need to think of it as another kid in the house
No thanks, we just got rid of the last one and are empty nesters....
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I was watching Alton Brown's Good Eats show last week. He talked about making dinner rolls. In the explanations, he mentioned using oil and butter in the dough to allow it to last longer before spoiling -affectively sealing the crust to air.

FWIW, during a lecture by an expert in Alzheimer's, he mentioned that the 'preservatives' in many foods are the kinds of antioxidants that might protect us a bit from Alzheimer's.....He was not talking about oil and butter, I'm sure, but you get the point.

Preservatives in food don't scare me one little bit.
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Don't get me started on "Preservatives", "Hormones", "Genetically altered foods"

If I could eat a Twinky 10 years after it was made I don't think I would want to. But that is the food being forced upon us. My personal thoughts is all the tampering with the food we eat it is the primary reason for the obesity rate going through the roof.

Sorry my rant is over. I cook as healthy as I can with fresh real food and try to avoid the un-natural additives.

By the way oils and butters also change the crust and crumb of bread. So if you want a crusty crust don't use butter or oil. If you want Wonder Bread, butter and oil is the way to go. I would not think it would add longevity by much.
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Don't get me started on "Preservatives", "Hormones", "Genetically altered foods"

If I could eat a Twinky 10 years after it was made I don't think I would want to. But that is the food being forced upon us. My personal thoughts is all the tampering with the food we eat it is the primary reason for the obesity rate going through the roof.

Sorry my rant is over. I cook as healthy as I can with fresh real food and try to avoid the un-natural additives.

By the way oils and butters also change the crust and crumb of bread. So if you want a crusty crust don't use butter or oil. If you want Wonder Bread, butter and oil is the way to go. I would not think it would add longevity by much.
I knew the remark about preservatives would be a hot button to some.

We prepare most of the food we eat from scratch too. I'm just not buying into some of the reasoning out there against 'preservatives'. I'm really not picking a fight over this subject Faith, but some of the preservatives do a good imitation of anti-oxidants in your system.

I'd give $5 for a twinkie made the way they were made when I was little
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I'm not upset with your remark, I'm just upset with the food situation. In the name of profit and mass production people are doing scary things to our food. Yet for some reason we the public are not informed what they are doing.

Yes I have had my share of twinkies but not since I was a kid. Perhaps that is why I grew to 12 feet tall and have three eyes and green skin...LOL
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Hi Brickie,

Rule of storage, white bread plastic baggies, sourdough paper bags. I make mainly sourdough which I eat differently depending on age. Fresh, sandwich, cheese, sardines, spreads. A few days old toasted in a fry pan with butter. A week old as a sop for stews and soups. It generally last about 10 days, but most of the time it only last about 4 days then I'm baking more. Friends like to drop by with a bottle of red or a few beers and cheese to go along with the bread I have on hand. My oven is on a hills and can be seen from a long distance, so if they notice smoke thaey will drop by in a few days
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