Organic Cotton Produce Bag
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Why do we use the cotton bag to store fresh bread?
There are several ways to store fresh bread. There are also several decisions to make before doing so. The first decision involves the use of refrigeration. While it seems logical that fresh food will remain fresh longer if kept in the refrigerator, bread should always be kept at room temperature.
Obviously, the spoiling process occurs much more quickly in a loaf of fresh bread. Whether it is of the homemade variety or purchased from a local bakery, these loaves typically do not contain preservatives. Without preservatives to slow down the process, it doesn’t take long for the fresh bread to spoil.
In spite of this, bread should not be stored in the refrigerator. The cold environment in the refrigerator will dry out the bread and ruin its texture inside and out. In fact, a process called retrogradation takes place when bread is stored in the refrigerator. Retrogradation is the term used to describe the crystallization of the starch molecules in bread or other baked goods. This transformation is six times more likely to happen at refrigerated temperatures versus room temperature.
While the risk of molding is greater in a loaf of bread held at room temperature over a few days, refrigeration for a few hours can completely destroy the crust and crumb of a loaf. When this information is taken into consideration, it seems obvious that fresh bread that will be eaten quickly should be stored at room temperature.
If you find yourself with fresh bread that will not be consumed in a day or two, fresh bread can also be frozen. Frozen loaves should be allowed to thaw at room temperature and reheated briefly in a warm oven. The warmth of the oven will help to liquefy the starch crystals within the bread and help to return its crust and interior to its original texture.
Our Story of Organic Cotton Reusable Bread Bag
We design functional everyday household items guided by environmental kindness and the upliftment of people.
‘Guided by my daily household tasks, shopping for the home, and entertaining friends and family, I started designing products that can be used as alternatives to the plastic and disposable items that we have become so accustomed to. The first product was a hand-knit kitchen cloth inspired by the cloths my Grandmother would knit out of leftover bits of yarn.’
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