It’s no secret that fresh baked bread is the ultimate weekend treat. But storing it can pose a challenge. Unlike stored croissants or pastries, bread doesn’t keep well for more than two days. The longer it stays out, the more staling it becomes.
For example, a stale piece of challah — the braided Jewish Sabbath bread that’s typically baked in small, round loaves — will become very hard and dry after a few hours. Remove any plastic wrap or foil and place it back into sealed plastic bags if you want to preserve its freshness for up-to-three days. Here are some tips on how to store challah bread so that you have your next loaf ready whenever you are craving it.
Store Challah Bread in a Plastic Bag
Bread doesn’t have to go stale in order to be kept fresh. You can store loaves of challah in a plastic bag instead of an open container. This will protect the bread from getting moldy. Bread absorbs smells and flavors very easily, which is why you don’t want to keep it in an environment where it might be exposed to strong odors such as garlic or onions.
You can also keep a bag of challah bread in the freezer, which will slow down the rate at which it spoils. If you want to extend its shelf life even further, you can put the loaves in a container filled with dried beans or rice. The grainy substance will absorb excess moisture from the bread and keep it fresh for longer.
Freeze Challah Bread
Bread does not have to go stale before it can be frozen. Yes, it will lose some of its crispness when you freeze it, but it will remain fresh for weeks on end. Simply put slices of frozen challah bread into freezer bags, then seal and label the bags before putting them back into the freezer. This will ensure that they don’t get exposed to any odors while they’re there. You can thaw the bread out in the microwave, oven, or freezer and eat it right away. You can also toast frozen bread slices and make French toast or other breakfast dishes.
Bake Challah Bread
Bread does not have to go stale in order to be frozen. This is true for frozen breads, too. You can use bread that’s been frozen to make breadcrumbs or croutons for your next meal. You can also use the bread to make breadcrumbs or croutons. Simply remove the bread from the freezer, thaw it out, and then follow the same baking instructions that you always use. The bread will become stale as it rises, but it will keep for as long as it’s baked before it spoils.
Store Challah Bread in An Airtight Container
Freezing bread slices doesn’t make them last longer. Instead, the slices will become stale as they thaw out and are exposed to air. To keep the bread fresh, store it in an airtight container. Of course, this will shorten its shelf life.
Check for Freshness Before Baking The Next Loaf
If you make bread regularly, you know that the fresher it is, the tastier it tastes. The best way to ensure that your challah bread is fresh is to make it as close to when you’ll be eating it as possible. Choose a day when you’ll be able to enjoy a fresh loaf of challah bread with your family and friends. This is the best way to make sure that you don’t eat stale bread.
Don’t store challah for more than three days.
Exceptions to the rule apply when it comes to certain types of challah bread, such as kosher-for-Passover challah. When in doubt, check the “sell by” or “best by” date on the bread. If you notice that the bread is getting stale, simply remove it from the container and put it back into a fresh bag. Challah bread alone can keep you satisfied on Shabbat or Yom Tov, and it makes a great addition to your regular breakfast or dinner routine. Store it properly to keep it fresh and flavorful. If you have any questions about how to store challah bread, ask in the comments below!
Whether you’re freezing or baking challah bread, make sure that you store it in an airtight container. Make sure that the bread doesn’t come in contact with any smells that could spoil its taste, such as onions, garlic, or strong odors from sauces or smoked fish. The fresher the bread, the longer it will last. But don’t store bread for more than three days.
Even the best-kept bread won’t last that long if left out. You can also keep challah bread fresh by freezing slices of it, thawing them out, and baking them as usual. If you prefer to use fresh bread as opposed to frozen bread, make sure that you store it properly so that it lasts as long as possible. Bread alone can satisfy your appetite on Shabbat or Yom Tov, and it makes a great addition to your regular breakfast or dinner routine. Store it properly to keep it fresh and flavorful.