Why Does Pita Bread Mold So Fast? (And How To Stop It?)

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Q: Why does pita bread mold so quickly? I love pitas for sandwiches, dipping, chips, etc. but every time I buy some it molds in my cupboard or on my shelf within a day or two (long before I can eat it all). I hate to stick it in the freezer immediately because that takes away its fluffiness and freshness.

My other breads don't mold this quickly. What's the deal? And, is there any way to avoid pita molding?!

Sent by Amanda

Editor: Amanda, we suspect that the problem with pita bread has to do with the way that pita bread is sold... in a plastic bag! A sealed plastic bag is a very bad environment for bread. It traps moisture and, especially in hot and humid weather like this, encourages mold.

We would suggestion taking the pita out of the plastic bag and storing it like other bread. There are various opinions on the best way to store bread. You want to encourage air flow, and allow some (but not too much) moisture in the environment. A bread box (especially a ceramic one) is ideal. You can also use a perforated bag, a paper bag, or a linen or cotton sack. Take a look a these posts for more ideas:

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We would not suggest storing the pita bread in the fridge, as that will dry it out quickly. You can freeze some and then reheat in the oven. Also, after all that, pita bread is very easy to make yourself! Try it sometime; extra-fresh bread like this should also stay delicious for longer.

Recipe: Easy Homemade Pita Bread

Readers, any tips for Amanda?

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