Simple Fix: How To Soften Hard Bread

My husband and I eat sandwiches on the regular … I’m talking like almost every day for lunch. Instead of boring sandwich bread, I love to stop by the bakery section of our market and pick up specialty bread that pair perfectly with a deli sandwich. Whether it’s cheese bread or ciabatta bread, whatever bread captures my eye usually finds itself on my lunch plate the next day. Although the taste of specialty breads add so much texture and flavor to a deli sandwich, the downfall is that they become hard very quickly.

The good news is that you can extend the life out of hardened bread in a variety of simple ways. One way is to cut the bread into chunks, toss it with olive oil, sprinkle on the salt and pepper, and toast the bread in the oven to create homemade croutons for salad or soup.

if you really want to use the slices for a sandwich, then here are a couple simple techniques to soften the bread:

1.) Bake

Take a towel and make it damp, wrap the bread in the damp towel, and place the bread on a baking sheet. Bake the bread at 350 degrees for five minutes or until the bread is soft.

2.) Microwave

Take a towel and make it damp, wrap the bread in the damp towel, and place the bread in the microwave. Microwave on high for a minute or until the bread is soft.

Are you craving a sandwich now (especially like the one pictured above)? If so, head on over to this page to get the recipe for a Muffaletta-Style Sandwich. With all of the incredible textures and flavors, your tummy will thank me.

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