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How to Keep Bread Fresh: Everything You Should Know

How to Keep Bread Fresh: Everything You Should Know

There’s a time and place for fancy foods and delicacies, but nothing beats a soft, fresh slice of bread. Whether you make it at home or buy it from the store, there’s something magical about a recently baked loaf of bread. 

All good things must come to an end, however. Even the finest bread begins to lose its charms after a certain period of time. 

Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to make your bread last longer than usual, and they aren’t very hard to figure out. Here is what you need to know to keep bread fresh and maximize the shelf life of each loaf you buy.


Know When Bread Has Gone Bad

Before we talk about how to extend the life span of your favorite bread, we need to identify the major signs that tell us bread is past its prime.

The first thing to look for is mold, which is a fungus that feeds on the nutrients of the bread and rapidly multiplies by growing spores. Some mold looks nasty, and others look less harmless, but no matter what you may think of the mold, it confirms that the bread is past due.

It does not make a difference what color, shape, or size the mold may be. If you see a little or a lot, say goodbye to the entire loaf of bread. Don’t try to salvage a slice here and there; just bite the bullet and throw the whole thing out.

Sometimes the smell of old bread will give it away, even if there are no visual indicators like mold. A sour vinegary or alcoholic smell will be an instant signal that your bread has gone bad, and it needs to be discarded right away. 

If the bread passes the sight and smell tests, it’s time to taste. Bread will usually taste fine if there are no other indicators of spoilage, but stop eating and throw out the loaf if the taste is off in any way. 

Don’t attempt to cover up questionable flavors with butter, jam, or other toppings. If you have a bad feeling about the taste of the bread, let it go.

Finally, be on the lookout for stale bread, which isn’t harmful but may not be very pleasant to eat. We’ll discuss some ways to revive stale bread later in the article, or you can always chop up the stale loaf into croutons, breadcrumbs, or another crunchy creation.

As you bring different types of bread home to try, be aware of how each one reacts to exposure to various elements. Some fresh bread will fare better on the kitchen counter, while others will maintain their flavor and texture in the fridge or freezer. 

Look for patterns of staling and molding, then take on new approaches to preserving the bread based on what you see. 


Master The Best Storage Techniques

Now that you know what expired bread looks, smells, and tastes like, it’s time to learn how to store bread most effectively and make it last as long as possible.

The two main enemies of fresh bread are oxygen and moisture since they are the primary causes of staleness, mold, and other chemical processes that harm bread. 

Therefore, whichever storage technique you choose should aim to reduce the amount of contact your bread makes with air and moisture. That’s why you see so many people using bread boxes or storing their baked goods in closed, dark cabinets in the kitchen, rather than leaving them out in the open.

If you do choose to store your bread on the countertop, be sure to keep it out of the sunlight and away from any heat source that may be in your kitchen. Also, give it a tight double wrap in plastic or wax paper, allowing a minimal amount of air to enter and sabotage the bread.

Homemade bread can last this way on the counter for up to five days before it starts going south, while store bought bread can last over a week if it was made with certain preservatives.

If you wish to make your bread last longer than that, it’s time to clear out some space in the refrigerator. By wrapping bread tightly in plastic and placing it in a colder part of the fridge, you can successfully tack on a few more days of life to your slices or loaves.

Just be aware that when in the refrigerator, the staling process will speed up as the starch molecules crystallize with the water within the crumb of the bread. The bread will certainly last longer, but you will probably sacrifice some flavor and texture.

Sometimes, it’s better to skip the fridge and go straight to the freezer. Food scientists suggest that you can actually avoid the staling process by freezing bread since starch crystals form extremely quickly and maintain the quality.

Some bread can last weeks at a time in the freezer, while others can last months. The faster you freeze your bread after baking or buying it, the better your results when you take it out and bring it back to life. 

Remember to wrap that bread tight at least twice before placing it in the freezer, or use a resealable bread bag to keep all excess moisture at bay. 


Revive Your Bread the Right Way

When the time comes to revitalize bread that has been stored in the fridge or freezer, there are a few steps to keep in mind.

Let’s start with the refrigerated bread, which should be unwrapped and left on the counter for a few minutes as the starch molecules warm up and restore some of the softness to the crumb.

While you won’t be able to achieve the original level of squishiness to the bread, you can always toast it in the oven or toaster to add some more crunch and make it appealing despite having gone a bit stale in storage.

Try to use as much of the bread as you can once it comes back to life because the staling process will only continue when you put the loaf back in the fridge. 

When taking bread out of the freezer, you’ll want to do things a bit differently. If you’re working with an entire frozen loaf, try to let it thaw in the fridge overnight before using it. This will make sure the bread restores some of its softness and doesn’t get too soggy.

If your goal is to just make a quick sandwich or piece of toast out of the freezer, it’s smarter to slice and wrap your bread ahead of time. It may be a bit more work, but you can make your bread last way longer and access it more conveniently at your leisure.

With individually wrapped slices of bread, you can instantly pop them into the toaster oven and bring them back to near 100% original quality. This will work better with certain types of bread (generally those with higher sugar content) but will do the trick in most situations.

Whether you choose to store your bread in the freezer or fridge, you can easily restore it to its (almost) full glory if you have the right techniques in place. Experiment with different methods based on the type of bread you buy, and if you find a new approach that works, stick with it.


Map Out A Strategy To Never Waste Bread

It doesn’t matter which way you slice it; sometimes, you’re just going to run out of bread or accidentally let some go to waste. Even with the most specialized storage and restoration methods, it’s one of those inevitabilities that happens in the kitchen.

But what if there was a bread that was built for long-term fridge and freezer storage, could easily be toasted up on the fly, and was always delivered fresh to your door, so you never ran out?

We accomplished all this and more with our Superfood Bread, which lasts up to four weeks in the fridge and up to six months in the freezer, yet with zero preservatives!

Since this bread is shipped to your door in the form of unique cube-shaped loaves, you can carve up your slices in any shape and store them however you like. Simply follow the protocols we talked about above, and you have amazing, healthy bread on deck 24/7.


Conclusion

Tired of letting bread expire before you get to fully enjoy it? These methods will definitely help you make the most of each loaf you buy. 

If you want to upgrade to Superfood Bread, you’ll have a much better grip on your bread inventory and make every loaf last much longer! Read some of the latest rave reviews and see how our bread is changing the game for bread lovers around the country. 


Sources:

https://www.foodandwine.com/cooking-techniques/storing-bread-tips

https://food52.com/blog/8236-how-to-store-fresh-bread

https://www.chatelaine.com/food/kitchen-tips/best-tips-for-keeping-bread-fresh/

The ultimate chicken club sandwich recipe

The ultimate chicken club sandwich recipe

We know what you’re thinking: How in the world can a chicken club sandwich be low-carb? Just one slice of traditional white bread is enough to throw someone out of ketosis. Well, if you follow our recipe, not only will you find that this sandwich is out-of-this-world, but you’ll also see that it is extremely low carb and approved for keto and paleo diets. Slices of delicious chicken breast and mouth-watering bacon are hugged between two slices of  Uprising Bread—a gluten-free bread with zero added sugar that’s artisan baked with just 2 net carbs. This sandwich is perfect for any occasion. 


6 slices of chicken breast

4 slices of uncured bacon

3 slices Uprising Bread

2 slices cheese of choice

2 thin sliced vine ripe tomatoes

¼ medium avocado, mashed

6 leaves of butter leaf lettuce 

2 tbsp alfalfa sprouts

2 tbsp prepared mayo

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring saute pan up to medium-high heat, then add a small splash of oil to the pan. While bacon is cooking, toast 3 pieces of Uprising Bread in the oven or toaster oven. Fry bacon until crisp. Usually 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Set aside for use later.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix together; mayo, dijon mustard, garlic powder, basil, oregano, smoked paprika, then salt and pepper to taste. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. In a separate small bowl, lightly mash the avocado, salt, and pepper to taste. When mixing the avocado, be sure to leave a few decent chunks to bite into. Slice tomato into thin slices and set aside.
  3. To assemble, place Uprising Bread toasted side down, then spread your mayo mixture on both sides of Uprising Bread. On one side top with chicken breast, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. On the opposite side, spread avocado mash and top with alfalfa sprouts. Skewer if you so desire and serve with your favorite keto side dish! 

What is Almond Flour: 7 Benefits in Our Bread

What is Almond Flour: 7 Benefits in Our Bread

Traditional wheat flour has been the foundation for bread throughout history and remains the most common ingredient in homemade and store-bought bread today.

But as research comes out about the less-than-perfect health profile of wheat flour, more bread lovers are looking for ways to enjoy their toast and sandwiches without the wheat. 

Almond flour has taken center stage as a popular wheat flour alternative and is featured in many commercially available baked goods. Home cooks and bakers are also getting more familiar with almond flour, and recipes are improving all the time.

Not to be confused with almond meal, which includes the outer skin of the nut, almond flour is simply the product of ground blanched almonds that are sifted into a fine flour.

Most importantly, almond flour is centrally featured as one of the main ingredients in our legendary Superfood Bread, which is changing lives across the country by making authentic, tasty, and healthy bread a reality for those with strict diets and fitness goals.

Let’s examine seven of the biggest benefits of almond flour and explain why we gave it a key role in our Superfood Bread.


1. Plenty Of Protein

We usually don’t think of bread as a protein-packed food, but with almond flour, it’s a different story. This flour is more than 20% protein by weight, and while it has a higher calorie count than regular flour, you get a lot more nutrients in every bite.

If you don’t yet know why protein is such a big deal, think of it as the building blocks for our muscles, organs, and systems that keep us strong and vital. You don’t need to intake as much as a pro bodybuilder, but most active folks should aim to have about 0.8 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight every day.

That’s easier said than done in a world where cheap carbs and fats dominate the grocery store, but with a few slices of almond flour-based bread, you can do a number on your recommended daily intake for protein.

Pile on some turkey slices, bacon bits, scrambled eggs, or the cheese of your choice, and you’ve turned a single slice of toast into a protein powerhouse.

The USDA Nutrient Database states that in a ¼ cup serving of almond flour, you get 6 grams of protein. 

Considering that even the most “healthy” grocery store bread contains no more than 2 grams of protein per slice, you have a huge leg up by keeping Superfood Bread in your fridge.


2. High In Healthy Fats

Long gone are the days when we fear high-fat foods. Trends like the Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, and Keto diets have all helped repair the reputation of fat, as we realize its important role in metabolic function, energy levels, and overall vitality.

Of course, there are dramatic differences in the types of dietary fat you need to keep in mind as you shop around. Artificial trans fat, for example, is banned in the United States due to its dangerous impact on LDL cholesterol, which can lead to blockage formation in the arteries.

Luckily, almond flour contains some of the best fats available, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are the same healthy fats found in veggies, fish, nuts, and seeds. They’re the reason why the Mediterranean diet is so effective at battling heart disease.

With 11 grams of healthy fat in each slice of Superfood Bread, you can stay on track with Keto and keep your energy up all day long without feeling weighed down. 


3. Low In Carbohydrates

Carbs have become a common enemy for the health and fitness crowd in the past couple of decades, but it’s important to remember that, like fat, the quality of different carbohydrate types varies greatly. 

Walk down the center aisle of any grocery store, and you’ll see processed carbohydrates left and right. From the squishy, enriched-flour white bread to the “healthy” whole wheat alternatives, the core ingredients are the same, and they don’t offer a lot in terms of nutritional value.

These “fast” carbs contained in the majority of commercial bread are not inherently bad, but when consumed in high quantities, they can cause our blood sugar to go on a roller coaster ride and cause an excess of fat storage in all the wrong places on our bodies. 

The few carbs that are found in almond flour are high quality, complex nutrients, rather than the fast-digesting sugars that make up most grocery store bread. 

Whether you’re on a low-carb crusade or just want to have more even energy throughout the day, our Superfood Bread is the right stuff for the job with only two net carbs per slice.

Enjoy bread again without sweating the carb consequences, and enjoy up to five slices per day without surpassing the threshold for keto or paleo diets. How’s that for revolutionary bread?


4. A Feast Of Fiber

Fiber is viewed as an afterthought by most folks, and even health enthusiasts don’t realize how important this component is for digestion, blood sugar regulation, and a strong gut biome.

Scientists have discovered that 95% of Americans fail to get enough fiber in their diet, and our paleolithic ancestors had way more natural fiber in the foods they ate from the earth. A combination of genetic modification and other modern conveniences has left us totally fiber-deprived as a society.

Luckily, almond flour can help us out big time in the fiber department, with three grams in every quarter cup. Our Superfood Bread adds psyllium husk and flax to the mix to bring the fiber total to 9 grams per slice. 

That’s a game-changing amount of fiber for anyone suffering gastrointestinal discomfort or other fiber deficient symptoms.

We even have a fiber challenge designed to cleanse the gut and reset your system for a healthier, more efficient digestive process. If you’re brave enough to take on the challenge, the results can be transformative. 


5. Minimal Gluten

Gluten has become a bad word in the world of health and nutrition lately, with many people discovering they have an allergic sensitivity to the stretchy protein. 

The gluten found in wheat flour is what keeps a lot of folks away from normal bread and why almond flour is becoming such a popular alternative. 

Since almond flour contains no gluten, you end up with baked goods that almost anyone can eat, provided they don’t have a nut allergy as well.

While some gluten-free bread can be found in stores, the word on the street is that those products just don’t feel or taste like real bread, and almond flour fixes that.

Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with celiac disease or have shown intolerance to gluten, it may be worth trying a gluten-free or low-gluten lifestyle for a while to see how you feel without it. While our Superfood Bread is not certified gluten-free, since it’s made in a facility where other products are made with gluten, we do not add any products with gluten into our breads and we do everything we can to minimize contamination during the process


6. Micronutrients Galore

We tend to focus on the big three macronutrients when assessing the healthiness of an ingredient, and almond flour definitely checks the boxes for protein, fat, and carbs.

But almond flour outperforms in terms of micronutrients as well, with an impressive breakdown of vitamins, minerals, and other key antioxidants that fight disease and boost overall health.

In every ¼ cup serving of almond flour, you get 35% of your daily vitamin E, 30% of your manganese, and 19% of your magnesium. It also contains high levels of calcium, copper, and phosphorous, which are all recommended as well.

Rather than getting your nutrients through the artificially enriched flour of white bread or taking a supplement in pill form, eat real food like almond flour bread and experience the benefits.


7. Great Texture And Flavor

How many times have you tried low-carb or gluten-free bread only to be sorely disappointed with the taste and texture? Those ingredients like tapioca starch and xanthan gum just don’t do the trick, creating a crumbly, dry loaf that should barely be considered bread.

Almond flour is way closer in its characteristics to real wheat flour, and our unique formula creates a true sourdough chew that also preserves that nutty, real bread flavor.

Make grilled cheese, french toast, or any other bread-based creation with Superfood Bread, and never worry about your slices crumbling or breaking down under the pressure.


Conclusion

Almond flour has been extremely promising as a wheat flour alternative, and we are thrilled to have mastered a recipe that delivers on nutrition, taste, and convenience.

Read up on our customer reviews to see what people are saying about Superfood Bread and why almond flour is such a powerful ingredient for health and happiness.


Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-almond-flour

https://www.jessicagavin.com/almond-flour/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/almond-flour