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Unlike other foods that benefit from being chilled, refrigeration actually encourages this process, so loaves stored in the fridge will dry out even faster. Bread bins work by providing a moisture-trapping environment that slows down the retrogradation.
Not just any tin or box will do though — bacteria and mould thrive in dark, moist environments so there needs to be some degree of air circulation. Bread bins ensure the correct amount of airflow through a gap or vent built into the construction of the box.
For people who want to store multiple loaves of bread at the same time, such as large families or those living in shared accommodation, look for wider or deeper bread bins of around 40 x 20 x 20 cm.
Conversely, if you only have a limited amount of space or don’t consume very much bread, there are more compact models available of around 30 x 17 x 20 cm that may be more suitable.
You can even find dynamic styles that expand and contract to fit the loaf of bread you place inside it, perfect if you want to limit the space your bread bin takes up on the counter when you can.
On top of this, the sliding mechanism means it doesn’t require much force to open which makes it the easiest to use.
While you will need to allow space for the lid to open, these designs are well-suited to smaller spaces as you will be able to store things either on top of or around the sides of the bread bin, although this does depend on where the hatch is situated.
Removable lids are heavier than other styles which does mean they are more difficult to get into, although this could work in your favour as it will keep out rodents and potentially prevent young children from snacking before dinner time!
Unfortunately, shiny metal bread bins do tend to show up fingerprints, marks, and scuffs so you’ll have to clean or polish them more regularly to keep them looking pristine.
When it’s time for a clean, give it a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and a mild, rinse-free antibacterial solution to avoid the wood splitting or warping.
Plastic bread bins are lightweight and come in a wide variety of shapes, colours and styles. Waterproof and easy to clean, just give them a wash in the sink with standard dish soap to prevent crumbs piling up.
Plastic does, unfortunately, tend to trap moisture, so make sure to get one with adequate ventilation, especially if you have a particularly damp or humid kitchen.
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Once you've found the right place to store it, it's time to get your hands on some products that will take your bread to the next level. Bread is so versatile, and surprisingly easy to make yourself if you have some spare time on your hands, so why not have some fun experimenting in the kitchen with these exciting appliances?
Bread bins not only minimise waste by preventing the contents from going dry or mouldy, but they help to keep your kitchen tidy and organised. If you haven’t got a bread bin already, then what are you waiting for?
Author: Wren Mann
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