Revive stale bread: Hack shows you how to refresh and soften hard bread

Revive stale bread: Hack shows you how to refresh and soften hard bread

Influencer Becca shares insights into her life on her TikTok account @thebeccamurray. From fashion tips to snacks, Becca shares it all, including this method for making old bread fresh again.

She told her 380.2K followers: “I accidentally left this piece of sourdough on the counter over the weekend and it’s rock hard.

“And I really wanted toast for breakfast and I didn’t want to waste it, and then I saw a video of a guy dousing stale bread with water and putting it in the oven at 200C for five minutes.

“So I tried it and it was flaky and delicious and straight out of the oven it tasted like fresh bread.

“I’m always looking for ways to eliminate food waste and sometimes my brain just forgets to put the rest of the bread in the freezer. 10/10 two thumbs up, highly recommended.”

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Why does bread even go stale in the first place? Well, this is because the starch in the bread crystallizes and absorbs water from the bread.

The moisture is technically still in the bread, just in a hard, crystalline form. This means that bread can be revived in several ways.

One way is to toast it if the bread is sliced. This will release the water and the bread will be delicious to eat.

However, Becca’s method of moistening and heating the bread is the best option if you have a completely stale loaf. The key is to heat the bread to a point where it absorbs the water without causing the moisture to evaporate. The results only last a few hours, so eat the bread right away.

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Becca’s fans were quick to comment, claiming the hack is working for them too. One Jamie said: “This is a fantastic trick. We use it more often than I like to admit.”

Others shared how they use the hack with small tweaks or changes. Zappa said, “I do this, but I don’t think you need to soak it, just alcohol. The moisture on the outside is enough to steam the inside.”

Andre told Becca that they use the microwave to revive their old bread. João recommended: “Place it over a glass of water on the microwave.”

Clover said, “You can also soak a paper towel and wrap it around bread and microwave it for a little while.”

Betty Guerrero wrote: “When I was in culinary school we were taught to microwave the bread with a mug of water to add moisture back in.”

Grace said, “I do this, but just wrap it in a damp paper towel and throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute,” while Angie Monster said, “My grandma used to do this!”

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