This Genius Hack Will Revive Stale Bread!
Hip2Save may earn a small commission via affiliate links in this post. Read our full disclosure policy here.
Bread gone stale? Consider this genius cooking tip before tossing it!
Isn’t it the worst when you buy a beautiful fresh loaf of french bread or a crusty baguette and it hardens or goes stale before having the chance to eat it? Even though I know you can make breadcrumbs or croutons, sometimes you just need a warm slice of bread and butter. Am I right?!
Here’s a genius hack for how to soften hard bread that actually works!
Try pouring water over the stale loaf of bread (yes, REALLY!) and then put it back in a warm oven to bake. Yep, I said pour water over it as in putting the bread under the faucet in the sink! Haha! I know that seems so counter-intuitive, but it surprisingly works like a charm!
This brilliant stale bread hack has been tested and approved by me! 🙌
I had this half-eaten sad-looking loaf of grocery store French bread on the counter that was very hard, and I was ready to toss it. 😬 Then I remembered seeing a short social media video recently about reviving stale bread and figured it was worth a shot.
My family will sometimes eat half a loaf with dinner and the remaining portion just kinda gets lost in the shuffle… life happens!
The bread goes from a hard as a rock texture, to soft and edible again.
I was so shocked it actually worked – and now I’m excited to tell everyone in the world about my recent discovery! And if you already knew about this genius tip, why didn’t you tell me sooner! 😂
It’s so incredible and honestly kinda life-changing how bread can become soft like that again.
How to Soften Hard Bread:
Step 1: Pour water over the top of the bread.
Try to get it only on the thickest crust. For this French bread, I didn’t get water on the bottom, mostly on top, and not on the inside.
Step 2: Place in the oven to bake for a few minutes.
Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Place the loaf on a sheet pan or just directly on the rack and bake in the oven for about 6-8 minutes for a thinner baguette, or around 10 minutes for thicker bread like this french bread. Times will vary, and you may have to check to see when it’s crusty again instead of soggy.
I cannot believe that I was able to cut through this bread and the inside was soft!
I thought it was beyond amazing that we brought this bread back to life!
Now keep in mind that if your bread is moldy, that’s much different and you’ll need to toss it, but if it has simply hardened from being left out on the counter too long, then try this brilliant hack to soften and rehydrate hard bread!
It really does work – I promise!