When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I could leave bread on the counter for days and it would stay fresh. Since moving to the frozen wastelands of northern Alberta, I’ve had to take steps to preserve my homemade loaves if I don’t want to wake up to dried-out bricks for breakfast.
Would you believe that I considered purchasing a bread keeper like this one before I realized that I have the perfect sized bread bucket at home?
Not only does it save me from having to keep more flimsy plastic products around, but my pail doubles as bread cutting board AND crumb catcher.
On a related note, I’ve put together an infographic on how I make perfect bread with a bread machine.