The genius trick that will bring your stale bread back to life

Did you buy a beautiful, crusty loaf only to eat one chunk and then forget about it until it’s morphed into
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Did you buy a beautiful, crusty loaf only to eat one chunk and then forget about it until it’s morphed into a rock-hard lump?

If it’s still good enough for soups you can enjoy it but what if it’s turned to rock?

Thanks to this trick, you never have to trash another loaf again. Here’s how you can bring your stale bread back from the dead.

Step 1: Pour cold water over your bread.
Yes, it sounds disgusting, but trust us, this is just step one. Use cold water because hot tap water increases your risk of lead contamination. Wet the crust properly but try to avoid the cut part.

Step 2: Bake it.
Turn your oven to 300° or 325°F and put in your soaked loaf. Bake for 6 to 12 minutes, depending on how wet it is.

The water that soaks through the crust turns to steam as it heats up. This rehydrates the bread’s insides, making them fluffy once again, while the heat from the oven crisps up the outside. What comes out is a loaf of bread that looked and smelled fresh baked.

Note: This tip works best with bread loafs instead of individual pre-sliced bread but you can still give it a shot if you like.

Have you tried this trick?

  1. Anna Kudray  

    Forgive my ignorance – but why would hot tap water increase the risk of lead contamination?

    • John  

      I think they mean copper contamination from your hot water system tank which are made from copper. You should never drink hot water from the tap.

  2. Jo Carson  

    Lead contamination and Fahrenheit? Sounds like this tip was taken from something American.

  3. Peter Moore  

    Lead is in hot water only if you have lead pipes, it dissolves better in hot water – so if your house is less than say 60 years old, don’t worry. Copper pipes! If it’s older but has been re-plumbed in that time, also don’t worry! The only exception may be if you live in an area where the water supply is contaminated with lead, then hot or cold, makes no difference!

  4. Pamela  

    If you keep bread frozen until use, you will never have stale bread to deal with!

    • Terri Rice  

      Absolutely! – I’m starting to lose faith with this new version of the ” Starts at Sixty” site. It seems to have lost a lot of it’s old “zing & zest”
      Most of us who visit the site are old & wise enough to know that by freezing bread it will alleviate the problem of going stale in the first place.
      Also do not like that so much of the site is only available on Facebook now. We refuse to join Facebook as too many episodes of rip-offs have been recorded over the years. It is not a safe site. So why not listen to those of us who prefer the old site ( but they won’t, as they never reply to any questions asked” Makes me wonder if the site is only made up of post- grad students or semi-intelligent robots.

  5. This works well. I’ve done it often. I also use milk in place of water.

    • morna kenworthy  

      As a young person in Boarding school, we looked forward to the Sunday Breakfast when we would have sausages and ‘hot bread’ as we called it. The Nuns used milk, not water, and it was accompanied with lashings of homemade butter! Very Yum!

  6. Joe  

    It is cheaper to buy another loaf than waist the power. I keep mine frozen and when I need some, take what I need and 10 seconds in microwave and as fresh. If no microwave it will thaw just a bit longer.

    • morna kenworthy  

      So do I, Joe…now…especially handy when the grandies arrive unannounced. But I was thinking of the past. Cheers…

  7. Karen  

    When we were kids, mum did this regularly. – No freezers back then. Although, to be fair, bread often didn’t get a chance to get stale – quite a few of us in the family.

  8. Susan Gabriel.  

    Like Pamela and Joe, I freeze my bread, even divide up the pre-sliced into day-size portions. The first couple of slices are eaten as toast at breakfast, can go into the toaster frozen, if I don’t want as toast I reduce the setting. Anyway, I don’t know what 325 F is in numbers for a gas oven!

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