If you aren't planning on eating an entire loaf of bread in a few days, you may have encountered the dilemma of how to keep it as fresh as possible. Because sourdough bread has no commercial yeast, preservatives or anything additive, it will keep it's moisture for a few days. After that it may need some help to revive it!
Storing the bread on a counter in a linen bag or towel, in a cupboard, or in a ceramic bread box with the cut side down is the best way to keep it fresh for a few days. Otherwise, the easiest way is to freeze half and keep the other half stored in the kitchen. To freeze the bread, slice it first. Wrap it in a single sheet of plastic wrap or parchment (to prevent the slices from sticking to each other) and then place in a freezer proof bag. The bread will last for about three weeks in the freezer.
When you want a piece of bread, take a slice out and either place in the toaster, the oven at 350°, or you can simply let it come to room temperature... and you have fresh bread! The bread is moist just like the first day. It's too easy. And delicious.
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.
What happens if you forget to freeze the bread, its been out for a few days and it's getting dry? Happens to me all of the time.
Preheat your oven to 400°. Take the days old bread and rinse it under the sink faucet. Yes, really do it! Once it is wet, place in the oven for about ten minutes. It is basically brand new!
No bread scraps left behind!
There are so many ways to use day's old bread like this french toast recipe. You can also never make too many homemade crutons!