Bread Storage Thread

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Bread Storage Thread

Hey everyone. What do you all do for storing homemade bread? I have been wrapping in wax paper and storing in brown paper bags. It holds fairly well for a couple days. I haven't wanted to use plastic because it makes the bread chewy. Refrigeration affects the flavor because the bread absorbs other stuff in the fridge. I'm not above using a SIMPLE additive, nothing too crazy, but just to make it hold for some additional time.

I'm using lahey's bread method and his recommended storage. In an email before Jacob mentioned lecithin to retain some of the moisture. Love to get a discussion going.

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Cut side down on the board for the 3-4 days that it's good, after that it's crouton/breadcrumb time.

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Depending on the bread I'm making, I will add either honey or barley malt (health food store).  They both help to retain moisture in breads so they don't go stale as quickly. 

If I cut into the loaf the day of baking, then I put the cut side down on a wooden cutting board. 

To freeze, I wrap in heavy duty foil and a zip lock with all of the air squeezed out.
Otherwise, you're doing fine!

"People who love to eat are always the best people." -- Julia Child

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Looking on my sack of bread flour ingredients:

Wheat flour
ascorbic acid (dough conditioner) - this would be an oxidizer in the presents of O2.
vitamins
​Doh-Tone - this is a mix of different levels of amylase and protease. Some flour use malted barley flour or you could add diastatic malt powder

Leaving out the yeast and salt at this point because of heat.

Mix the required amount of flour and water for Chef Jacob's Baguette recipe together at room temperature and do a stepped mash of the flour in the sous vide cooker.

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Hi Chef Jacob,

My question is, have you seen a difference of adding salt with yeast at the beginning of a machine kneaded bread?

For better than forty years, I have added salt in the beginning of making a yeast bread in a machine kneaded bread to get the salt and yeast spread out through the dough.

In 2007-2008, I did a test of salt and yeast doing a bag test on a plastic bottle using a condom to look for CO2 pressure. One bottle had salt and the other did not not. The salt added seemed to create a little better pressure than without salt but this was only one test.

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