More Bread Making Tips
There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your home. Many cookbooks recommend that you eat your fresh, homemade bread on the same day, but what if you can’t eat it all in one day? How can we preserve our bread and also be able to enjoy it throughout the week? How can we get the most out of each loaf to make it last? I will tell you how.
Choose a Good Knife – Purchase a good quality bread knife. Check out different ones and try to find one that feels comfortable in your hand to use. Make sure you use a quick sawing motion when you cut for best results. Traditional serrated knifes are the normal tool to use but I prefer to use either an electric knife or a wave-style bread knife such as the Wusthof Classic Wave Knife. Keeping your knives sharpened will keep you from having to work too hard and will keep your knife in tip top shape. Both of these options will yield great results. Which one you will prefer is dependent on individual preferences.
Use a Bread Slicing Guide – This is a great tool for getting consistency in your bread slices and getting the most out of each loaf. Bread slicing guides help you control the thickness of each slice of bread. Without them your bread can come out all different thicknesses and will break during the process in most cases. I cannot underestimate the importance of this. You can find these at amazon.com.
Freeze Your Bread – After your bread has been cooled and cut, you will want to freeze any portions of bread that you don’t plan to use immediately. My favorite way to do this is to wrap several slices of bread in tinfoil and then pack them up into a freezer safe bag. This should keep your bread fresh for up to three months. When you are ready to use it simply thaw it out by sitting it on the counter overnight. You also throw the bread wrapped in tinfoil into the oven for five minutes to defrost if you feel you need it immediately.
Use It Up – If your bread goes a little stale on you then you can refresh it by wrapping it in aluminum foil and tossing it in the oven for about five or ten minutes. Be careful though because you can only do this one time and get a good result out of it. More than that and you will just end up drying your bread out. Don’t worry if your bread is totally stale. There are still a lot of things you can use it for such as making croutons, baking bread pudding, and grinding it down into breadcrumbs.
Using these recommendations, you should be well on your way to getting the most out of your homemade bread. Your family will thank you. Enjoy your baking adventures.