Bread can be oh-so-tasty, especially when they are fresh out of the oven. As the bread loses its freshness once it is taken out of the oven, eating it as soon as possible is a given. However, what would happen when the bread is left out for a good while? It becomes stale, right? Stale bread doesn’t taste as good as fresh ones.
It is a good thing that stale bread can be easily revived now. In fact, there is more than one method to do so – there’s three! Here are the three amazing yet simple ways on how you can revive hardened bread.
What You’ll Need
Prepare the items you’ll need for reviving stale bread ahead of time. That way, you won’t have to worry about getting interrupted in the middle of the process just because you lack materials. For all the methods you are going to use, here are the collective materials you need:
- a stale loaf of bread
- aluminum foil
- paper towel
- celery stalks (1-2 stalks)
Method 1: Oven Method
As one of the three ways for softening hardened bread, the oven method is the first one we’ll introduce. Here are the steps that you will need to follow:
1. Preheat the oven up to 148.8 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit).
2. Get the aluminum foil and tear off a piece. The size should be large enough to wrap around the loaf bread. Make sure that it is completely covered.
3. Place the aluminum foil-covered bread into the oven. Leave it there for five to 20 minutes. How long you should leave it inside the oven depends on how thick or large the bread. If it is just a small roll or a small slice, about five minutes should be enough. Otherwise, do it for 20 minutes.
4. Remove the bread from the oven. Don’t unwrap the foil before the hot bread cools down. You need to keep the steam in to allow the moisture to seep into the bread and remoisten it.
5. You can eat the bread as soon as it is cool enough.
Method 2: Microwave Method
The microwave method, just like the oven method, uses heat to remoisten the stale bread. Here are the steps you will need to take to use the microwave method properly:
1. Get a paper towel. It should be long enough to cover the bread loaf or slice completely.
2. Moisten a section of the towel. To moisten, you can dip in lukewarm water. Don’t forget to squeeze out as much water as you possibly can.
3. Wrap the bread with the moistened towel as snuggly as possible.
4. Place the bread inside the microwave and microwave it for ten seconds.
5. Take the bread loaf or slice out from the microwave.
6. Remove the towel and serve.
This method is actually easier and faster to do compared to the oven method. Moreover, the microwave method has long-lasting effects. A lot of people prefer this method out of the three known ones.
Method 3: Celery Method
Right from the top of this article, you may have been curious as to why you need to prepare a stalk or two of celery. You may be thinking how this vegetable can help with reviving stale bread. Well, here’s how you can use celery to get a loaf of bread soft again. If you have a bag of sliced bread and you want to remoisten it, the celery method is a preferred method for that. However, you can only expect results from this particular method after leaving aside overnight.
1. Get a celery stalk and slide it inside the bag of sliced bread.
2. Close the bag. Seal it thoroughly.
3. Put the bag inside the fridge and let it sit overnight. You can actually take it out after a few hours, but you’ll see better results if you let it sit in the fridge overnight.
4. Take out the bag from the fridge and remove the celery stalk. The bread should have absorbed the moisture in the celery by now, leaving the vegetable dry and tough.
There are cases though when the bread is beyond saving. That doesn’t mean that the hardened bread should be thrown out, though. You should still be able to use the bread for other purposes. With the stale bread, you can:
- feed the birds
- thicken soup
- sautée or rebake to make croutons
- make breadcrumbs
Bread is a healthy alternative to rice. Fresh bread can stimulate your appetite. Having bread as part of your meals is definitely recommended.