A Waste-Less Company
Waste Less, Enjoy For Longer: A Comprehensive Guide On How To Store, Freeze & Defrost Your Loaves
Did you know that 75% of our customers order their loaves pre-sliced? Everything we do at GIB, whether it’s via our loaf personalisation options on the website or our in-box care instructions, has been designed to save you time, minimise bread waste and maximise your Sourdough experience at home. So why not bundle up and order all the bread & treats to last you for days, or even weeks! Whether you are not a big bread-eater or simply like to spread the joy over a few days, we have the packaging solution & storage tips tailored to your needs!
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to care for your bread at home.
On Day 1, your slices will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, but when bread is sliced it gets exposed to air, so we recommend immediate freezing to make the freshness last longer!
If you don’t plan on eating all the slices on Day 1, we have made it easy for you to freeze the remaining slices in the compostable freezer-safe bags provided. Each bag is marked with a sticker to help you decide which portion to keep at room temp and which bag to store in the freezer.
Defrost your slices of bread the night before or a couple hours before you intend to eat it. Make sure they remain in a sealed bag as they are defrosting. Enjoy them as is or toasted!
Store your unsliced loaf in a sealed bag in a cool, dry place. Your loaf can keep well for 3 to 4 days without being frozen as long as it is sealed properly.
| Pouch it up
Did you know that our compostable loaf pouches were especially designed to keep your loaves fresher for longer? Pretty cool, right? However, in an effort to reduce our packaging output, we will only be offering our loaf pouches to our subscribers once a month and using recyclable kraft bags for all subsequent deliveries. Hold onto your pouch bag for your future deliveries. They will make for the perfect home for your loaves!
| Revive the crust
We recommend popping your bread in a pre-heated oven for 7-8 minutes at 190c just before you intend to bite into it. This will revive the crust and soften the crumb for optimal Sourdough deliciousness!
SLICE IT NICE; USE A GOOD KNIFE!
If you have ordered an unsliced loaf, this is where a good knife comes in handy. A serrated-edged knife with large pointed teeth and a handle that fits nicely inside the palm of your hand is recommended.
| Slicing tip
Slice your loaf with an even back-and-forth motion of the wrist without pressing down too much pressure on the loaf so as to avoid crushing the crumb. The ideal thickness for a slice of Sourdough bread is anywhere between 1cm and 1.5cm! For context, this is around the thickness of your index finger.
Whether your slice of bread is thin or thick, fresh or frozen, white or whole wheat, plain or seeded, light or dense, it’s up to you to control the levels of the toaster to get the results you want. If your bread is frozen when you put it in the toaster, use the defrost function before you use the toast function, so that you can get a more even toasted result.