We all love to have some fresh, hot, delicious bread, straight out of the bakery. That’s the best way to eat it, right? Sadly, it’s rarely possible unless you have a bakery right next door to your house or apartment. You could always reheat the bread to get something akin to it but it never seems quite right, and it tends to make the bread dry and hard.
However, if you reheat bread the right way you can get the authentic experience of fresh, hot bread that we all crave. In this article, we will teach you how to reheat bread the right way.
But, first, we must cover some other issues.
A lot of people tend to freeze bread for later consumption and reheating cold bread is definitely not the same as defrosting it. If you take your bread out of the freezer, you have to defrost it first, and then reheat it – those are two different processes which shouldn’t be mistaken for each other.
Freezing bread properly is the first step you need to take. For starters, you should probably freeze it in slices, so you don’t need to defrost the entire thing when you only need a slice or two. Defrosting and refreezing bread can quickly ruin it, and you don’t want to do that.
Whether you’re freezing it in slices or whole, you should put it in a freezer bag and squeeze the air out of it. Now it’s ready to be frozen.
When you want to defrost the bread, don’t do it at room temperature since that can make it dry and stale. You should heat it up a bit to make it nice and moist.
If you’ve frozen it in slices, you should take them out and put them in the microwave on high for around 15 to 30 seconds. You can achieve roughly the same result by baking them in the oven for around 5 minutes on 300 degrees.
In case you froze an entire loaf, you can also put it in the oven set at 300 degrees for some 25 to 30 minutes at most. That should be enough to thaw it out completely.
Of course, even after you defrost your bread you might steel need to reheat it, which is where the following techniques will be useful to you.
The 3 Best Ways To Reheat Bread
How you choose to reheat your bread depends largely on the type of bread you’re planning on reheating. Some softer breads are reheated differently than harder breads or those with a crunchy crust and so on.
However, here we will focus on techniques that are bound to work for almost any type of bread, though they are best used with regular, white bread.
As a side note, you probably shouldn’t bother reheating store-bought sliced bread since slicing the bread makes it dry out much quicker and store-bought bread has probably been sitting on the shelf for quite a while. You will probably just end up drying it out. If you want to eat it hot, just use a toaster.
Now, let’s move on to the first reheating technique and one of the classics.
Reheating Bread In The Oven
This is the method most people use to reheat their bread – specifically, entire loafs of bread. However, it’s also a method that a lot of people get wrong, so they end up with dry, crusty bread instead of the moist, warm delight they originally wanted.
Not to worry – we’ll go through it step by step. That will ensure that you get the result you want.
To start with, you should preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the best temperature you can use for reheating bread since anything hotter might just burn it. Even if you like your bread a little on the burnt side, don’t use any higher temperatures. Anything lower results in dry bread, so don’t do that either.
If you’re trying to reheat sliced bread, though, we don’t recommend using this method at all.
Now, once the oven is heated up, wrap the bread in tin foil to protect the crust and avoid getting it burned. Unless you do this, the crust could end up being too hard.
Put it in the oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. The time depends on the loaf you’re trying to heat up. Larger loafs with thicker, harder crusts need more time while smaller, softer loafs with thing crusts will need less time.
When the bread is done, take it out and eat it straight away. Using this method to reheat the bread again might result in it becoming much harder, and dryer than it originally was. Only reheat the amount you intend to eat.
There, that’s done! But, there are other methods out there.
Reheating Bread In A Pot
This might seem strange at first, but it’s actually quite a decent alternative to using the oven. It can even provide more moisture to your bread, but we’ll get to that part in a bit.
For starters, wrap the loaf of bread you’re trying to heat up in tin foil, so it doesn’t get burned on the outside.
Next up, choose a pot that the bread can fit into but make sure that it doesn’t have a lot of space in it either. Also, choose a pot that has a lid which can completely cover it and the bread.
Place the pot on the stove on low heat and keep it there for around five minutes, maybe up to seven for larger or thicker bread. You can always remove it and check if the bread is hot enough then put it back if it’s not to your liking.
If you want, you can use a steamer pan to reheat your bread on the stove. This way, the bread will absorb some of the moisture from the simmering water in the pan, making it a bit softer. Of course, you shouldn’t do this with harder bread, and you should wrap it well, so not a lot of steam gets through to it.
This is only suitable for loafs of bread and small ones at that. But if you want your bread to get extremely fresh and you are willing to risk a bit, the next method is for you.
Reheating A Wet Loaf In The Oven
This might seem a bit crazy at first, but you need to make your bread wet for this method to work. Fear not, it won’t ruin the bread unless you overdo it, trust us. It also works best for bread with thicker, crunchier crusts.
To start with you should place your loaf of bread under running water – hot or cold, it doesn’t matter – so the cut side is facing away from the stream. Try not to get the interior wet but even if you do it’s not a big deal, it’s just better not to.
Next, preheat your oven to around 300 or 325 degrees Fahrenheit or use the “warm” setting if your oven has one. Pop the bread directly on the rack and let it sit there for around 6 to 7 minutes – if you made the bread entirely wet, then it needs a bit more time, 11 or 12 minutes at most.
Either way, once it’s done, you’ll have a loaf of bread that’s almost as good as brand new. The interior will be soft, and the crust will be crunchy – perfect.
If you’re afraid of wetting your bread directly, just use a paper bag, put the loaf in it and wet the bag instead. Twist the ends of the bag tightly beforehand. Then, place it in the oven for around 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This method also works for bread slices; you just need to keep them in there for 6 or 7 minutes instead of 10.
That’s it! By using any one of the methods we described, you get some nice bread that’s almost as good as new and your kitchen will smell great – what’s not to love?
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