Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Niir Project Consultancy Services, 2012. This page was last edited on 25 November 2017, at 21:45. How still life with bread crumbs pdf Make Stale Bread Soft Again.
Before you throw out hard, stale bread products, try restoring its texture with heat and moisture. This is most effective if the bread was kept wrapped and still has a little give, but it can even improve rock-hard loaves to some extent. Preheat your oven to a low temperature. The heat will restore most stale bread, although the effect will only last a few hours. Add water only if the crust is hard.
Even stale bread still contains plenty of water. It feels dry because the starch molecules have linked up and trapped the water. This means you don’t need to add water to the crumb of the bread. If the bread has a hard outer crust, flick water onto it, or run it under the cold tap if extremely stale. Wet the whole loaf to restore moisture.
Wrap the bread in foil. This prevents steam from escaping, keeping the moisture trapped in the bread instead. If you dampened the bread, wait until it no longer feels soggy. Unwrap and heat for another five minutes if the crust is too soft.
If the bread is soft but the once-hard crust is squishy, take off the foil. Keep heating for another five minutes, or until you’ve restored the crust to the right texture. Heat “melts” the starch molecule structure to release the trapped water, but also speeds up staling once the bread cools down. The bread will only last a few hours at most before it turns stale again. Bring water to a boil in the base of a steamer.
Pour a shallow layer of water into the pan. Heat over high until the water reaches a rolling boil, then remove from heat. If you don’t have a steamer, you’ll need a colander that sits on top of the pan, and a lid that can fit over the colander. This methods adds less heat than the oven, but more moisture.
The extra moisture is most helpful when the bread is very stale and hard, or if it was left out unwrapped. Place the stale loaf in the steamer basket. Place the basket over the steaming pan and cover with a lid. Leave covered until the bread is soft. Give the steam at least five minutes to soften the bread. Slice bread to eat right away.