Prevent bread freezing together: ducks don’t want you to know this!

Posted by

When I was little, I liked feeding the ducks. One day I asked my mother why ducks float on water and she said it was because ducks are light. I thought she meant to say that ducks emit light, which would have been cool but clearly not true. Anyway, the bread we fed the ducks was old bread, stale bread, the bread we didn’t like eating. Now, if you’ve read this far, I’m probably safe to assume that you’re not a duck and that you like to eat fresh bread.

Having leftovers is like having to fill the next orbital.

If you only buy your bread once a week, or if you bake big loafs of bread at a time with your bread-making machine, then you’ll have to find a way to keep your bread fresh. An excellent way is to slice it and freeze it. If the day comes that you want to eat that delicious yet frozen bread, simply take a few slices and put it into the microwave for a minute at 600 W. Soft, fresh and tasty bread ensues. I’m sure you know this already.

But then it happens, you are hungry, take the bread out of the freezer and you need an ice pick to pry two slices apart. You pull too hard and break a slice in half, bread crumbs flying all over the kitchen. Well, then this may help you.

If you take a big (plastic) lunch box and place your slices of bread in that box and then place that box into the freezer, the slices somehow do not freeze together so much. You may have to cut each slice in half to fit them, vertically aligned, into the box. Perhaps it is because the slices freeze while standing up vertically so that gravity doesn’t push them together. Perhaps it has to do with the air-tight seal of the lunch box which prevents additional water vapour entering the box and sticking the slices further together. In fact, you even get a bit of a vacuum seal effect as an added bonus when putting that lunch box into the freezer because air contracts when chilled.

If you use this trick you’ll never have stale bread again. And finally, the duck population can return to normality.