Storing Bread

Storing your bread

Eat it, don’t keep it!

Bread is meant to be eaten fresh - nothing can beat a slice of fresh bread with just a bit of butter. However, because our artisan breads are naturally leavened they can be frozen without losing their essence or texture. All of our breads freeze well.

Never put bread in the refrigerator. Nothing stales bread quicker than a cold storage place. With the exception of the pumpernickel-style Chilako Rye breads which should be kept wrapped in plastic and in the refrigerator, bread is best left out at room temperature - placed on a wooden board and turned up on its cut surface, covered with a tea towel or in a paper bag - allowing it to breathe. Keeping bread at room temperature in a plastic bag is OK if you don’t mind the crust softening. It is necessary to cover the bread to prevent it from drying out.

Artisan Breads Freeze Well

Bread that won’t be eaten within 48 hours should be frozen right away in a sealed plastic bag (double-wrapped works best). When you take it out of the freezer, leave it in the plastic bag for thawing until visible signs of water inside the bag have disappeared; then take it out of the bag and re-heat it in a hot oven (approx. 350F) for 10 to 15 minutes. It will be (nearly) as good as fresh.

Excellent Keeping Qualities

Although all bread is best eaten fresh, because Red Rooster Artisan Breads are made without or very little yeast they keep very well as opposed to straight yeasted breads which go stale very quickly unless they have a long list of preservatives added. Even though our artisan breads don’t have preservatives added, most of the Red Rooster breads easily last 3 to 5 days without going stale or losing flavour.

Red Rooster Artisan Breads can be enjoyed without loss of taste or texture within:

(days after purchase)

  • Focaccia: 2-3 days
  • Anadama: 3-4 days
  • Milanese: 3-4 days
  • Fig Anise Delight: 3-4 days
  • Gnarly Bread: 3-4 days
  • Spelt: 3-4 days
  • Rustic Country: 4-5 days
  • Hearth Rye: 5-7 days
  • Multigrain: 5-7 days
  • Highlander: 5-7 days
  • Chilako Rye: 15 to 30 days (keep refrigerated)

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