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Old 02-09-2013, 09:17 AM   #11
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I haven't bought bread in perhaps 10 years. I have a bread machine and if I want bread/pitas/kaiser rolls, I make bread. But, I do freeze most of it because I only eat a slice or two. In June 2012 I more or less quit eating bread and white sugar. Since then, I have shrunk 2 dress sizes. I also eat my biggest meal in the morning. I am a member of the bread-eating tribe, I love bread, but it no longer loves me.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:50 AM   #12
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For me bread is a way to be lazy in the kitchen.

Put whatever between to slices and you've got a meal.

I buy it and bake it. Baking it is a relaxing enterprise for me and the reward can't be beat.

Freezing it a great way to keep it. A few minute sitting out of the freezer or a few second in the microwave and it's ready to go.

A good bread knife is needed to cut a frozen loaf. It can't take a lot of freeze thaw cycles.

And when it does get stale I always share with the birds and chipmunks. But you can keep those "Tree Rats" (Squirrels) out in the cold. They are not welcome at my place. (I've had too much damage to my house and car by the little ##%!!@**(&^$ 's.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:14 AM   #13
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A lot of people think bread is inedibly stale after a couple of days, but usually it's not. Put it in a 350F oven for 10 minutes and it's fine - crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.

I also freeze it, or make homemade garlic/herb croutons or dry and store it, then use it for breading.
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for snacking, i actually "make" stale bread--ryes and pumpernickels are 'specially good for this. i can't always be waiting around for days for my bread to go stale the natural way. i just lay out the bread slices on the counter or somewhere, expose them to air overnight. sometimes they need to be turned. they are ready when you think they are. for me, the bread needs to be curled up at the edges, and is no longer soft, though half-stale bread is pretty good too, if you're the impatient type, like me....
i really don't get it. we like fresh bread, we like croutons, but stale bread is a major turn-off, huh?
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:22 AM   #15
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My mother taught me to take your stale bread, put it in a 'brown' paper bag and add just a couple drops of water. Place in a warm oven for about five minutes. It comes out really soft like just baked fresh bread, The bag had to be BROWN paper bag. No other bag would do. I have no idea why.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:26 AM   #16
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My mother taught me to take your stale bread, put it in a 'brown' paper bag and add just a couple drops of water. Place in a warm oven for about five minutes. It comes out really soft like just baked fresh bread, The bag had to be BROWN paper bag. No other bag would do. I have no idea why.
Well, here in Ontario we'd be hard pressed to do that--the government has deemed brown paper bags to be unsafe. The only place you can ge them is a the liquor store (and only big enough to hold two bottles). I bring brown paper grocery bags home from MN whenever I go. How else could I shake up my popcorn?
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How in the world are brown paper bags unsafe?
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:43 AM   #18
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A lot of people think bread is inedibly stale after a couple of days, but usually it's not. Put it in a 350F oven for 10 minutes and it's fine - crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.

I also freeze it, or make homemade garlic/herb croutons or dry and store it, then use it for breading.
My dad taught me that many years ago. I like to use day or two old bread cut into cubes for dressing for chicken,tukry, even with pork it so great. Thanks for the reminder.
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How in the world are brown paper bags unsafe?
I wondered the same thing.
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...the government has deemed brown paper bags to be unsafe.
LOL huh? How can that even be? I'm trying to imagine ways of hurting myself with a paper bag, and besides a paper cut I can't come up with much. Do they send you home with your groceries in plastic bags?
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