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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   BrettB

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Posted September 22 2004 - 10:42 AM

(please forgive the cheesy thread title)

When the kids were still at home it was easy to go through a loaf of bread before it started to turn green. Occassionally you'd even run out. Not any more. With just me and the wife it's impossible to buy a loaf of bread and not have at least half of it (usually more) going to waste. My bologna sandwich tolerance level isn't what it was when I was a youngster.

Is there such a thing as a mini-loaf, maybe about half-size, with 8-10 slices? If it exists I've never seen it. So I say to Wonder, Home Pride, Mrs. Baird and the rest...... bring on the Mini-Loaf already!

#2 of 23 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted September 22 2004 - 11:06 AM

Is this 'on the counter' bread or refrigerated? I think it will last a little longer in a fridge, and I think even longer if it is sealed (like with Tupperware). You could try those out.

Be glad there are two of you. One person is much worse!

I know we are 'super-sizing' just about everything these days, and it is much easier to grab the largest size if you know that you will consume it before it goes bad, but all in all, I think it's a stupid idea. If they only had the small sizes and you just brought one, you'd end up going back to the store more often, and thus, buying more.

That might not be good from a consumer standpoint but from the manufacturor's view - and probably the store's too, wouldn't that make more sense?

I think that Wonder Bread used to have short loaves available, but they are probably long gone. Since it is just the two of you, have you thought about trying out the breads that aren't the normal (white/bleached) type?
They might be more expensive but you'd end up throwing less out.

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#3 of 23 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted September 22 2004 - 11:11 AM

Why not freeze half a loaf? As mentioned, bread will last in the fridge a lot longer than on the counter.

#4 of 23 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted September 22 2004 - 11:11 AM

Why not freeze it? Or at least refridgerate it? That's what we do since it takes us a while to go through a loaf of bread too.

*edit* seems there's an echo in here. . or I responded a second too late Posted Image

#5 of 23 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted September 22 2004 - 11:15 AM

Missed it by THAT much... images/smilies/wink.gif

#6 of 23 OFFLINE   Bob Graz

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Posted September 22 2004 - 12:26 PM

We freeze it too. We'd never get through a loaf of bread without it spoiling otherwise.

#7 of 23 OFFLINE   Jason GT

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Posted September 22 2004 - 06:43 PM

What about giving a local small business (bakery) your bread money instead?



You'll usually get better bread and it's more likely that you'll be able to get a loaf that fits your requirements.



MMMmmmm green bread.... images/smilies/yum.gif

#8 of 23 OFFLINE   Mike Voigt

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Posted September 22 2004 - 10:33 PM

Or bake your own - not that difficult to do... a lot of fun, actually! You can get small pans for miniloaves, etc.

#9 of 23 OFFLINE   Todd Henry

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Posted September 23 2004 - 01:27 AM

We buy Pepperidge Farm bread. There are a lot less slices than your typical bag of Wonder Bread and it is better quality (more expensive, too).



Also second the idea of freezer/refridgerator.



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#10 of 23 OFFLINE   BrettB

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Posted September 23 2004 - 03:50 AM

I imagined in my mind near unanimous support for the Mini-Loaf. At first it was a small clamor here at the AHL. Then it slowly began to spread across the web. Before long, what started as a small rebellious voice desperately seeking audience grows into a cacophonous demand which cannot be ingored.....





So, put it in the frige you say?

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#11 of 23 OFFLINE   John Alvarez

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Posted September 23 2004 - 05:12 AM

Green bread is good for you....Keeps the germs away.....images/smilies/biggrin.gif

#12 of 23 OFFLINE   Todd Hochard

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Posted September 23 2004 - 05:54 AM

This hasn't been brought up yet...



You could put it in the fridge. I can't believe no one has said that.images/smilies/rolleyes.gif



Or, have more kids.
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#13 of 23 OFFLINE   John Alvarez

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Posted September 23 2004 - 06:38 AM

Just mail half the loaf to me.....The checks in the mail.

#14 of 23 OFFLINE   KerryK

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Posted September 23 2004 - 10:13 AM

Keep in in the fridge, and once it gets a little stale, start eating toasted sandwiches.

#15 of 23 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted September 23 2004 - 03:32 PM

I tried freezing bread, but it dries out - Ick!



I too don't like the fact that I waste so much bread, but I don't throw it in the trash, I thrown it on the lawn and the birds eat it, so I guess I don't feel like it's a total loss/waste.

#16 of 23 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted September 23 2004 - 03:39 PM

Throw a pack of Silica in with the bread. I hear it absorbs sals... I mean moisture. So it will probably suck the mold right off the bread.

#17 of 23 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted September 23 2004 - 04:35 PM

quote:


tried freezing bread, but it dries out - Ick!





How are you defrosting it?



It works best if you pull the bread out one slice at a time as you need it. Throw the slice in the microwave for 5-10 seconds and when it comes out its still moist.

#18 of 23 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

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Posted September 24 2004 - 02:39 AM

Leila, that's how I do defrost it. Have you ever toasted it after defrosting it? It gets really dry that way.

#19 of 23 OFFLINE   Leila Dougan

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Posted September 24 2004 - 03:18 AM

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Leila, that's how I do defrost it. Have you ever toasted it after defrosting it? It gets really dry that way.





Oh okay. I do toast frozen bread, I just don't defrost it first. I let the toaster take care of that. Not sure if it makes any difference though. Maybe I just don't notice the extra dryness or it at least, it doesn't bother me.

#20 of 23 OFFLINE   Mike Voigt

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Posted September 24 2004 - 03:43 AM

Toaster does take care of it, and it works reasonably well. Still a little dryer than normal, but it does keep one from using green bread images/smilies/biggrin.gif