Breads made with only unbleached or organic whole grain flours, water, sea salt and natural leavening are best eaten the day they are baked. Age, regardless of the nature of the loaf, does cause bread to stale. Our craft breads are made with all-natural ingredients and absolutely no preservatives so this stuff isn’t going to last forever.
Storing your Companion…
When kept at room temperature, we encourage you to not wrap your loaf in plastic. Allowing it to breathe will enhance the characteristics of both the crust and the crumb. A bread box is an excellent place to store your bread. The paper bag in which you purchased your loaf is also a great place for it to spend some time.
As bread ages, the outer slice may become hard. Remove this thin layer and the next slice should be moist and cool to the touch.
If you promise to use heat to refresh, you can wrap in plastic to extend the life a bit. Just know that the crust integrity will disappear quickly.
To bring back the crust, warm the bread in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Or simply toast.
Freezing your Companion…
Cut it into pieces that will suit your daily consumption and wrap tightly, first in aluminum foil, then in plastic wrap.
To thaw, place the wrapped bread at room temperature three to four hours before serving. Frost particles and ice crystals inside the foil and plastic represent moisture from the bread and will be reabsorbed.
Just before bread is entirely thawed, remove the plastic wrap and place in a 350 oven for 10-15 minutes.
Some of our favorite ways to enjoy our breads on days 2-4…
Thick slices brushed with oil olive, seasoned with salt & pepper and grilled quickly on your bbq or in your grill pan.
√ For croutons: cut cubes, lightly season with olive oil, salt & pepper and bake in a 325 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until crunchy.
√ For toasted breadcrumbs: quickly pulse seasoned croutons in a food processor or smash in a plastic bag with an empty wine bottle.
√ Fun uses for toasted breadcrumbs:
Add coarsely chopped breadcrumbs inside your favorite omelet instead of serving toast on the side.
Blend equal parts breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and add to pasta with a bit of olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice and fresh basil.
√ Strata: replace lasagna noodles with slices of any Companion bread and layer with tomato sauce, cheese(s), roasted vegetables and cooked ground beef or lamb. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.