With the Grain

BAKERY • CAFÉ • MEETING PLACE

Storing Bread In the Summer

our spelt, buttermilk cornmeal, and four grain loaves of bread from our Bakery in Guelph

Every morning our bakers get up early to make our delicious breads!  Because we do not add any preservatives, conditioners, or additives to our bread the changes in textures and flavours  are natural and best experienced by eating the bread within two days of baking.  Whole grain loaves have a good shelf life and do not stale too quickly; however, in the summer with the increase in humidity there are a few things you can do to keep your loaf as fresh as possible.

If you are going to eat your loaf in one or two days, place it in a moisture proof bag or wrap it in a clean dry cloth and store it in a cool dry place.  Do not keep it in a sunny window.

If you plan to keep the bread for more than a few days, or if you know you can’t eat it all in a few days, freeze it whole or sliced.  Wrap the loaf in plastic and then in aluminium foil.  You can freeze your bread for up to three months.

To thaw, leave the loaf out on the counter inside the wrapping.  This allows the frost particles and ice crystals, which represent moisture from the bread, to be reabsorbed.  After the loaf has thawed remove it from the wrapping and place it on a baking sheet.  Put it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes.

In general, putting the bread in the fridge should be avoided as it quickly draws out moisture causing the water molecules to detach from the starch molecules, making the bread go stale at a faster rate.  However, if the bread contains cheese or other dairy products it is better to keep it in the fridge.

To see descriptions of our bread line please click here  or come in and talk to our lovely bakery staff about today’s breads.

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We are open our regular hours on Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd; however, we will be closed on Monday, August 4th for the long weekend.  We apologize for any inconvenience. If you would like to call to pre-order some treats for the long weekend, our number is 519 827-0008, extension 1 for the Bakery, and extension 4 for catering or custom orders.  Have a fun and safe weekend!