Mama Mel's Bread Care Tips
In general, these breads have a similar shelf life to regular, preservative-free bread. For the longest shelf-life, we recommend refrigerating all of our products. Our breads also keep very well in the freezer for up to 4-6 months!
The Seeded Sandwich loaf and Bagels MUST BE REFRIGERATED or frozen. Bagels are ok in the fridge only for a few days and last the longest if pre-sliced and frozen. Always thaw whole loaves of frozen bread at room temperature a few hours before you wish to warm it. Items that are presliced can go right into the toaster!
As with all bread, toasting really brings out the crust and crumb, so we always recommend doing so before enjoying. In general, we recommended toasting for about 5 minutes or 1.5 times as long as you would regular bread. Even loaves that have firmed up from being in the fridge for a few weeks will soften up nicely when toasted.
- To warm a whole loaf, make sure it is thawed first, then wrap in foil and warm it in the oven at 350-400F for 10-15 minutes to renew the crust and warm the interior. If you do not have foil available, warm in the oven and then wrap in a clean towel after removing from oven and let it rest for 10 or more minutes before slicing. This helps the interior continue to warm without losing too much moisture from the crust.
- To warm dinner rolls, thaw first at room temp, place on pan, cover with foil and heat at 350F for 8-10 min. Remove foil and continue to heat for 1-2 more minutes. Alternatively, warm the rolls for 10 minutes without foil and then place warmed rolls into a clean dry towel and let rest a few minutes before serving.
We hope you enjoy your Mama Mel's Goods!