What's the best way to store your bread? All the experts seem to agree that the freezer is best for long-term storage, and the refrigerator is never a good option. But what about bread you're going to use in a day or two?
Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie says
After 1–2 days, you may choose to transfer the bread to a sealed plastic bag to maximize freshness. The best way to store bread is to use a breadbox, preferably made of clay.Martha Stewart says
Keep loaves at room temperature in a dark, dry place such as a drawer or bread box - sunlight can cause them to dry out and humidity induces mold. . . . Before storing, cover bread in plastic wrap, and place it in a tightly closed plastic bag. If you have baked your own bread, be sure to let it cool completely before wrapping.Cook's Illustrated says
For store-bought bread, the plastic bag the bread came in was just as effective as any of the bread keepers we tested - just keep it on the counter. For artisanal or home-baked bread, the reusable, washable twill bag from Best was the most successful at minimizing moisture loss and keeping the crust crisp. . . . Bread boxes should not be used for primary bread storage, but they provide an alternative to keeping bags loose on the counter.If you'd like a bread box and want one a bit out of the ordinary, the armadillo bread bin shown above would be an option. [via The Green Head]
The Typhoon Retro Buick bread bin is another eye-catching option.
I'd never heard of the British bread crock until a hour ago! The one shown above is from Richard Baxter.
If countertop space is an issue, there's the under cabinet bread box. Update on July 9, 2009: Sadly, this product doesn't seem to be available any more.
The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) Store has this melamine bread box where the top can serve as a cutting board. Update on July 9, 2009: This is no longer sold by MoMA. However, it seems to be the Joseph Joseph bread bin, which you can read about here.
Famous Parisian bread maker Lionel Poilâne has designed a bread box "especially conceived to keep a half loaf of Poilâne bread fresh"; it also serves as a cutting board.