3 Things to Consider when Buying a Bread Box

A bread box can extend the shelf life of your favorite loaves and help keep your counter organized and crumb free

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A good bread box offers an additional line of defense against mold and dried-out bread.Baie Maison

Everybody likes fresh bread and while placing loaves in the refrigerator after they’ve been opened might seem like a good idea, being inside a refrigerator actually dries bread out faster than simply leaving it on the countertop. Want to keep your breads tasting bakery fresh? Invest in a bread box. Bread boxes are designed to let just enough air to flow around your breads and muffins to keep them fresher, longer. To choose the bread box that’s just right for your needs, consider the following tips.

How Much Bread Do You Eat

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This stainless steel bread box has a swing-down door to save counterspace and its brushed steel design complements all of the latest stainless kitchen appliances.Home-it

Think about your family needs and how much bread you're likely consume. If you bake a lot of bread at home or your family consumes a lot of bread at mealtimes, a twin-loaf (or larger) size will be your best bet. Any extra room inside can also be used to store muffins, bagels and pastries. If you live alone or consume only small quantities of bread, than a single-loaf size will probably suffice. And your smaller bread box will take up less counterspace, too.

Measure Twice, Buy Once

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This extra-large bread box holds two loaves of bread. Its tall design takes up less counter space and the fitted lid lets in just the right amount of air to keep breads fresh.Betwoo

The worst possible outcome is to find the perfect bread box online, then later realize it's either too tall or too wide to fit easily on your kitchen counter tops when you get it home. Avoid the hassle and start by carefully measuring the width and height of your counters to ensure the bread box you choose won't eat up all of your counter space or fit under your kitchen cabinets.

Consider Lid Types

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Bread boxes work great because the lids often seal off any air from getting inside.Baie Maison

Roll-top bread boxes are the most traditional style of bread boxes available. They are a good choice if counter space is at a premium because the door rolls up inside the top of the box, and slats in the roll-top design provide good air flow. The negative is that changes in humidity can cause the wood to swell and make rolling the door up more difficult. Boxes that have a lid that lifts up and hinges back or comes completely off are great, so long as you have ample clearance from shelves or cabinets above. Lids that fold down in front are easy to open, but you'll need ample countertop space in front to ensure the lid has some place to rest when you open it.