About fresh bread - notes on preservatives and how to extend shelf life

As your shopping habits have shifted to stay home as much as possible, we want to provide some information about storing our bread.


All Farm to Market bread is made with natural ingredients. That means no artificial preservatives and an average shelf life of 4-5 days. Some breads, like Sourdough, French Farm, and Rye, are made with a natural fermentation process that preserves the bread for longer. Our yeasted breads like White, Wheat, Egg Buns, and Grains Galore tend to mold more quickly. In general, storing your bread in a dark, dry place is best for daily use.


SLICED BREAD

If you don’t anticipate eating your sliced bread within a few days, we recommend freezing it to prevent it from molding. For best results, you should wrap the bread so that it is airtight or use a freezer bag. To thaw the bread, you can leave it on the counter overnight, or defrost it like you would any other food in a microwave or oven. Personally, I prefer toast and grilled sandwiches so I always have a bag of Grains Galore in the freezer and thaw individual slices when I’m ready.


HEARTH BREAD

For the time being, we are bagging our hearth loaves in plastic, which will make the crust less crisp because it traps in moisture. To bring the crust back to its original texture, you can simply put the whole loaf in a warm oven for a few minutes. If you aren’t going to eat this bread right away, we suggest freezing it. Our hearth breads will get hard and stale before they mold, so you should toss it in the freezer until you are ready to eat it. Defrost and then crisp it in the oven, and you’ll have a delicious loaf of fresh bread to enjoy.


We recommend that you stay away from the refrigerator because it will dry the bread out. Although in these times, we are in an anything goes situation -- if you have bread in the fridge, just use a lot of butter and toast it in a skillet, like a restaurant using a griddle. There are few things more comforting than good bread and butter.


We feel so fortunate to be able to bake for you through these uncertain times. We know many -- including our friends and longtime partners in the restaurant and hospitality industry -- are suffering right now. We hope that you can take comfort knowing that there is still fresh bread on the shelves for you every day, and the purchase of our bread directly supports our 63 employees in Kansas City.


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