Sourdough or naturally leavened bread is a bit of a wild child when it comes to storing it and does not like to be bound to plastic.
The naturally leavened breads I make have a high proportion of water to flour due to the stone milled technique of the grain, and its ability to have a higher whole grain count while having a bread flour personality. Sourdough bread has no commercial yeast, preservatives or additives, so it will keep its integrity for several days by following a few tricks.
Storing the bread on a counter (covered with a linen towel or not) or in another draft free place with the cut side down. This will preserve the soft interior from drying out as the moisture leaves the bread over several days. The crust acts as a natural barrier.
If you would like the loaf to last longer than a week, the easiest way is to freeze it. Slice the bread entirely, wrap it up with lots of love and a freezer proof bag to inhibit freezer burn, and take the slices out as needed. You can let it come to room temp and eat fresh, or as toast! This will last for several months.
This method is perfect for the magnificent mom's out there! Growing up my mom would take frozen slices of bread and put peanut butter and jelly on it for my lunch. By the time lunch came around, the bread was no longer frozen and the jelly hadn't soaked through the bread yet! It is my favorite way to eat a PB&J.
If the loaf has been out for several days, it will begin to lose its moisture content and it will be harder to cut into. In this case, a nice thing to do for it would be to re-hydrate it. Preheat your oven to 375F and rinse the loaf of bread under the sink faucet for a few seconds to soak the crust… like a sponge. Warm in the oven for around 15 minutes or until desired doneness.
A FEW THINGS TO NEVER TO DO YOUR LOAF
Put in a plastic bag // Put in the refrigerator // Cut it and let the slices lay out for days or leave it cut side up
WAYS FOR YOUR LOAF TO GIVE YOU MORE LOVE THAN JUST TOAST
Homemade croutons // Best bread crumbs ever for coating fish or adding to meatloaf // Bread pudding // Overnight French Toast //
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