Food Shopping and Storing Food Shopping & Storing Here's Why You Should Never Keep Your Bread in the Fridge Find out why this storage method may not be the best option. By Betty Gold Betty Gold Betty Gold is the former senior digital food editor at Real Simple. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on May 26, 2023 Medically reviewed by Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN Medically reviewed by Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN is a nationally recognized nutrition expert with over 16 years of experience in culinary nutrition and communications. Learn More Fact checked by Isaac Winter Fact checked by Isaac Winter Isaac Winter is a fact-checker and writer for Real Simple, ensuring the accuracy of content published by rigorously researching content before publication and periodically when content needs to be updated. Highlights: Helped establish a food pantry in West Garfield Park as an AmeriCorps employee at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center. Interviewed Heartland Alliance employees for oral history project conducted by the Lake Forest College History Department. Editorial Head of Lake Forest College's literary magazine, Tusitala, for two years. Our Fact-Checking Process Share Tweet Pin Email Allow me to set the scene. You just brought home a delicious loaf of still-warm bread from your favorite bakery—in my overactive imagination, you probably pedaled it home in a bicycle basket alongside a small dog and wheel of brie—and instantly cut yourself off a slice because who can resist fresh carbs. There's still 90 percent of the loaf left, and you want to keep it fresh for as long as possible. What do you do next? If your answer was, "I shove it back in the bag and right into the fridge," you're not alone. Don't get me wrong—we're all guilty of it. Many of us keep apples, tomatoes, avocados, nuts, and more in the fridge to extend their shelf-life. It's effective! Here's why you shouldn't store bread in the fridge—and what you should do instead. How to Store Bread According to Jonathan Davis, former SVP of Innovation at La Brea Bakery, storing a loaf of fresh bread in the fridge is the ultimate offense. "When storing bread, the number one thing you should not do is put it in the refrigerator," he says. "This is because the temperature and environment of a refrigerator can actually expedite the staling process and will not keep it fresh." The best way to keep your bread as fresh as possible is to store it at room temperature in a part of the kitchen that isn't too hot or dry, Davis says. If you'll be leaving it on the counter, it's best to keep it out of places that attract sunlight, such as right next to the window. How Long Bread Lasts "Bread should also be consumed within the first two to three days of purchase," Davis adds. "After three days, the bread's texture and freshness will begin to decline." If you don't manage to finish your loaf of bread within the first three days, wrap it up well and store it in the freezer instead of the fridge. Whenever you're ready to polish it off, simply pop it in the oven to reheat it before serving. How to Use Stale Bread If your loaf has started to wane in the fresh-and-fluffy department, don't sweat it. "There are different levels of 'stale' when it comes to bread, and with each level, comes an opportunity for different recipes," Davis explains. For instance, two-day-old bread is great for recipes that call for bread that's firmer and crusty on the outside and less soft on the inside, like bread pudding or panzanella. By day three, bread will be hard to the touch and the outer crust will be crispy, which makes it perfect for croutons and homemade breadcrumbs that can be incorporated into salads, soups, and baked dishes. Usually, the bread in our house doesn't have a chance to go bad because we eat it pretty quickly. But if there is any leftover from a loaf of the good stuff, I know how to store it for future carb consumption. Just say no to the fridge and leave it out instead. The Secret to Baking Fluffy, Homemade Bread—Without Kneading—Is All About Science Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Real Simple is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts in our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. University of Nebraska Extension. Home Food Storage. Accessed March 23, 2023.