How to Prevent Mold Growth on Bread

Keeping bread fresh can be a challenging task for anyone who wants to keep bread edible as long as possible. To prevent bread from molding, you'll have to learn how to store bread correctly. Read the following tips to learn how to extend the life of bread and prevent mold growth.


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    Store bread in a dark place at room temperature.
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    Prevent your bread from becoming moist.
    • Moisture contributes to the growth of mold. Keep your bread dry and avoid transferring water to bread with your hands.
    • If you've bought your bread from a store, keep it in its original plastic packaging. The plastic can inhibit the accumulation of moisture within the bag.
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    Invest in a breadbasket.
    • Breadbaskets can keep your bread cool and free of moisture. They also provide a dark place for your bread's storage. Buy a breadbasket made from metal, wood, or clay materials for optimum storage potential.
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    Opt for whole wheat bread whenever possible.
    • Whole wheat bread is a healthier alternative to white bread. Besides having better nutritional content, it also molds less frequently than white bread.
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    Consider freezing your bread.
    • Freezing can extend the amount of time you have to eat the bread. This is because freezing halts the process of mold growth. However, be aware that freezing bread will not keep it fresh indefinitely, as freezing can rob the bread of its natural moisture and good taste.
    • Prevent freezer burn by wrapping your loaf of bread in foil and placing the loaf into a freezer-safe plastic bag for the duration of its storage.
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    Incorporate sourdough into your bread recipes if you plan on baking your own bread.
    • The use of sourdough helps keep bread fresh because the chemicals in it deter staleness and molding. When making bread with sourdough, be sure to allow your bread to slow rise.
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    Add ingredients that contain oil to bread made at home.
    • The oils found in common bread recipe ingredients like butter, milk, and eggs can have a positive effect on the amount of time bread will stay fresh.


  • Stale-tasting bread can be made edible again by baking it in an oven. Baking stale bread can bring back some of its flavor, but this process can only be performed once.
  • To thaw bread that has been frozen, simply remove the bread from the freezer and expose it to room temperature for at least an hour.
  • When freezing a loaf of bread that is already sliced, consider placing pieces of wax paper between each slice before you put the loaf into your freezer. Very cold temperatures can make individual slices stick together. By using wax paper to separate the slices, you'll be able to pick a slice or 2 without damaging the rest of the loaf.
  • Place your bread in a freezer 3 days after you buy it to maximize the amount of time you have to eat it.


  • Bread that is made at home can spoil faster than bread bought at a store. If you decide to make your own bread, wrap it in a paper or twill-based bag to extend its life.

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