We made the switch to homemade bread several months ago. I primarily make sourdough, but also some fruit breads and other yeast breads.
But as everyone knows homemade bread becomes stale fast. How do you stop them from becoming stale?
For awhile we used ziplock bags. But plastic encourages mold and the fruit breads especially would go bad quickly.
So enter our homemade bread bag.
I took some ripstock nylon and layered it with muslin and a decorative cotton. The addition of velcro and we had a wonderful sealed bag!
The three layers help keep the bread fresh, but also to "breathe" to discourage mold. It works great on it's own, but even better when paired with a bread box.
However, when bread does go stale, don't throw it out! Stale bread is great for meatloaf, making your own breadcrumbs,or simply refresh them on the oven, just wrap your bread in a wet paper bag or towel and place in a preheated 300 degree oven. In about ten minutes the steam will soften your bread.
I encourage everyone to try a natural fabric bag. It's been great and was super easy to make. In fact, I'll post a tutorial soon.
Happy bread eating!!
This post is linked up with Frugally Sustainable Ways.