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Old 01-11-2011, 04:55 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Kayelle View Post
I'm like your SO Andy....everything baked goes in the fridge.

I've found just the opposite to be true JF. For me, if I leave bread out, it's not fit for eating in a couple of days.
It lasts that long in your house!!

I do pretty much as Andy does and don't worry about the freshness of what gets left out as nothing lasts very long around here.

I make ALL of our baked goods, have for decades, and have never had any challenges with spoilage or freshness regardless of how it was stored.

Because it can be very hot here, I typically keep all loaf bread that we are eating in the refrigerator. I make a LOT of bread, so the remainder goes in the freezer for another time. However, I don't make so much that the freezer gets overloaded. Right now there are a couple of dozen cinnamon rolls, about a dozen orange swirl rolls, some loaves of French bread, two loaves of potica (a sweet bread), a loaf of oatmeal toasting bread and a loaf of bacon-and-egg bread.

We have a few slices of pain de mie left in the fridge and, tomorrow, I'm going to make regular loaf bread as we're totally out of that. I made hamburger buns yesterday and expect they won't last through Thursday.

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:03 PM   #12
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I'm along your line of thinking, Andy. Not much goes in the fridge unless I prefer it cold. I just try to use it up quickly, but occasionally I'll have homemade bread mold and I know I probably could have gotten another day or two out of it if it was refrigerated, but refrigeration dries it out too much.

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:08 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
So you would refrigerate an apple or blueberry pie?
I refigerate the leftovers - I use fresh fruit so it doesn't keep as well at room temp - but usually it's gone in a day or so. Anything with milk, cream, creamcheese etc I refigerate - cheesecake etc. I don't refigerate or freeze cookies - they're generally gone pretty quick. I store them in a freezer bag and they stay pretty fresh. I do refigerate bread, it doesn't spoil as quick.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:53 PM   #14
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I think refrigerating cookies etc would be like refrigerating bread. Regardless of what's in it, once its baked its fine on the counter. I only refrigerate dairy stuff too. NOTHING in our house lasts more than a few days.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:12 PM   #15
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I don't eat a lot of bread so I freeze the loaf. Then I pop two slices into the toaster when I need bread for a sandwich. If I don't want toast, I use the microwave.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:17 PM   #16
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I never refrigerate baked goods, because it dries them out. I slice up leftover cake, bread, etc., individually wrap them, then put them into a freezer ziplock bag, and store in the freezer. I wrap and store cookies the same way, and reheat at 300 F before serving.
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #17
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This will be the Cliff notes(in this case Jim notes) version of the American Institute of Baking's, bread baking 101

Yeast products should never go in the fridge, it definitely makes it stale faster. It is because of the science of the gluten formation. Think of the dough when it comes off the mixer, it has a tight elastic structure. This will relax somewhat as the dough rises and the structure will stretch beyond it's limit by the moment that the bread comes out of the oven. That is why bread is nearly uncut-table when first out of the oven. The bread isvery loose due to the moisture trying to escape from the cells while they are expanded to their fullest. From that moment on the carbohydrate strands begin to contract to try to capture the moisture within the cells(only a small % is saved by the time the bread is perceived as stale). This process is almost entirely temperature dependent in that the process moves faster the cooler it is, although the process slows to a near halt once freezing is introduced). You can release the captured moisture by microwaving a stale piece of bread for a few seconds. The bread is soft again but only for a few seconds
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:55 PM   #18
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Aside from dairy based goods, I only refrigerate one thing, the kalamata olive rolls I get from The Good Food Store. Moist kalamatas and really good rolls, that I hate to lose. I can only get over there about once a week and only buy them 6 at a time. They go moldy on me in two days, so I put them in the fridge.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:00 PM   #19
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I have read that bread goes stale faster in the fridge, but I don't find that it does. Maybe that is because I put an air tight clip on the plastic bread bags.
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:19 PM   #20
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i bought some bread bags on amazon. i don't loose as much bread or baked goods when i use them. they are reusable and not very expensive. throwing away food is expensive.

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