No-Knead Bread in a Hurry • No-Time Bread But homemade bread doesn't have any preservatives so yes, storing and eating past a day or two presents problems. Breads like the no-knead are called lean breads; they don't have any added fat to keep them soft and moist, so they dry out quickly. Storing in plastic doesn't let moisture escape, so lean bread stored in a plastic bag will indeed get mushy and eventually mold if there is moisture present. Storing in the refrigerator is also very bad for bread; it dries out at that temperature. If you store the bread in the open it also dries out, especially in dry Western climates. A compromise with plastic wrap is to wrap the bread very tightly in a couple layers of plastic so there is no air between the plastic and the bread, and then to store it in a cool, dark place. The most ideal situation is a ceramic bread box (not one of the stainless steel ones). The ceramic lets the bread breathe and stay moist, but it still shields it from the worst of the dry air. We really like this ceramic bread bin from Nigella Lawson's line. The top doubles as a bread board. • Nigella Lawson Ceramic Bread Bin, Blue with Beech Lid, $64.99 at ChefTools If you do not have space for a bread box, try wrapping the bread in a clean bar towel, then put it in a paper bag. One of these linen bread bags is a good small-space solution: Liking: Bread Bags from UMA, $27.50 at UMA Ultimately you should eat homemade bread within a day or two of baking, or else freeze it, well-wrapped. Lean breads also make great breadcrumbs and croutons, so you can also let the bread dry out completely in a paper bag and then grind in a food processor or chop up for croutons. • Recipe: D.I.Y. Dried Breadcrumbs Any more good tips for Tanner? Note: Our Contact Us form is currently not getting email to us. If you have a question (or have sent one in the past several weeks) please send it to kitchen (at) apartmenttherapy.com. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks!