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How to Stop Bread From Going Stale and Mouldy

Forget bread bins or storing bread in the pantry. This simple hack will keep your bread from going stale and mouldy ever again, saving you hundreds of dollars in the process.

Store bread in the freezer or fridge  to stop bread from going mouldy

Bargain bread shopping

Many stores reduce good quality sourdough and other breads and bakery items, which you can save from ending up in the bin – I am the biggest fan of this trick and always on the lookout for discounted quality sourdough. Most supermarkets will slice these for you as well if you ask someone in the bakery section to do it for you.

Bargain bread shopping and how to stop bread from going stale and mouldy

This bread storage hack – in my opinion the best way to store bread to keep it from going stale and mouldy – will save you hundreds of dollars off your grocery bill and applies to a huge variety of bakery items such as:

  • Sourdough
  • Toast bread
  • Raisin bread
  • Bread rolls
  • Baguettes
  • Brioche
  • Wraps
  • Hot cross buns

Store bread in the freezer or fridge to stop bread from going mouldy


If you’re more of a regular bread eater, the best way to store your bread is in the fridge. Pop it into a zip-lock bag (which you can reuse over and over) and keep your loaf in the fridge. It will keep fresh and won’t go mouldy before you’ve had a chance to eat the loaf!

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You can freeze bread – this is what we do; place an entire sliced loaf in a zip-lock bag and into the freezer then take out slices as you need them, defrosting on a plate for 10 minutes, in the microwave for 10-20 seconds or in the toaster.

Keep bread off cuts in the freezer for using in meatballs

Keep the end or smaller slices in a separate bag in the freezer, defrost, soak in some milk and add them to meatballs to keep them wonderfully succulent.

How to refresh a whole sourdough loaf

If you have purchased a whole loaf and would like to make it “freshly baked” again, simply place it in the cold oven, turn the oven on to 120C (250F) and “bake for 10 minutes or until the crust is nice and crunchy. It will once again become beautifully crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle.


Raymond Woytowich May 25, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Well, I am not sure where you have been getting your information.
The last place you want to store your bread is in the fridge.
As strange as it sounds, storing bread in the fridge dries bread out.
I know this because I have worked in a bakery for years, so I afraid you have been lead down the garden path.

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook May 25, 2019 at 5:19 pm

Hi Raymond, thanks for your feedback. I have been storing bread and other bakery items like this for over 20 years and never had an issue with dry bread, but I have had it when storing in the pantry and in high humidity the added issue of mould. The point of difference here is having the bread in zip lock back which prevents the bread from drying out and at the same time does not allow excess moisture and mould to grow.


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