Scientists have developed a method of essentially microwaving bread which kills the spores that produce mold. Normally, store-bought bread molds in about 10 days. This treatment would significantly increase the life span of an average slice of bread. Since bread ranks high on the foods we tend to throw away, this could mean a large dent in food waste. But, would you try it?
Some varieties of store-bought bread are filled with preservatives to help combat against spoilage. The scientists behind this method believe, however, that bread makers could cut back on preservatives and other additives and use this technique to prolong shelf life instead. What it will do to the taste, on the other hand, is unclear.
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