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How do I get hard bread soft again?

Asked by ragingloli (44459points) June 21st, 2010

I microwaved it for a bit and it became soft but after a few minutes it was rock hard again.

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veganforlife420's avatar

microwave for about 10–15 sec

and im not really sure how long it is supposed to stay soft

djlagaffe's avatar

I guess all the water evaporated, so maybe soaking it outside and then putting it into a standard oven for a period of time might help…

veganforlife420's avatar


Step 1

Place a single serving of bread into the brown paper bag.

Step 2

Fold the bag until it is closed.

Step 3

Place the bread into the microwave. Microwave for 15 seconds.

Step 4

Remove the bread from the paper bag and enjoy!

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cazzie's avatar

Yeah… don’t re-microwave it. Once you microwave it it’s pretty hard to fix. When our bread gets left out, I just take the whole (uncut) loaf out of the bag, dribble water over it, and then wrap it up in it’s paper bag and then wrap it in plastic and leave it for at least 4 hours. Or steam it somehow.

OR, just cut it up and toast it. I think Toast was invented to use of stale, dry bread. Enjoy!

MarthaStewart's avatar

Heat your oven to 375 degrees
place bread on rack in oven, up high.
Spill ½ cup water onto the floor of the oven and close it up quickly and the oven will fill with steam.
Take your bread out in 4 minutes and it will be soft, warm and moist.

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skfinkel's avatar

This is a great way: Put the loaf under running water and get it soaked. Put it in the over at 350 for about ten or fifteen minutes, until it is dry. You won’t believe how soft and delicious is will be.

hug_of_war's avatar

Ovenated bread always tastes better than microwaved for future reference.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It looks like you have plenty of tips here, so I’ll just put in my 2 cents, which doesn’t answer the question. I take the dry bread to the local park and feed it to the ducks. Then I go by another loaf.

MarthaStewart's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I like your answer but just FYI, feeding wild ducks is against the law in many places and it is discouraged by wildlife professionals. I have done it myself in the past, but they say it leads to malnutrition in wild animals, and can cause dangerous changes to their migration patterns.

Jude's avatar

I read this as hard..soft again

MIcrowave 10–20 sec.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

If nothing works, hard bread makes wonderful french toast and bread pudding.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@MarthaStewart Thanks friend…good to know since the pond is across the street from the police department. More importantly though, I don’t want to cause any harm to the ducks and geese. And the fish…they eat it as well.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Put an apple slice in the bag.

Otto_King's avatar

Turn back the time! :)

SmashTheState's avatar

I let stale bread sit out until it’s rock hard, then grind it up into bread crumbs, which have plenty of uses (not the least of which is to stretch almost anything from soups to casseroles).

mattbrowne's avatar

Use them in semmelknödel.

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