Everyone loves a fresh homemade loaf of bread, but if you're like most people, you might find it challenging to polish off an entire loaf before it starts to go hard. Over time, bread loses moisture which makes it hard and unappetizing. Here's some good news: it's super easy to bring hard, stale bread back to life. There are a few simple methods for reviving stale bread, each involving adding back moisture and reheating the loaf. Here are the best ways to make stale bread soft again.
Without a doubt, the best way to revive stale bread is to dampen it and pop it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grab a spray bottle and lightly spritz your bread or wet your fingertips and pop the bread onto the middle rack. Bake it for 7 to 10 minutes. When you take it out, you should have lovely soft on the inside, crusty on the outside bread you can enjoy again.
Are you sensing a trend here? Reheating your bread in the oven yields the best results for reviving a stale loaf. If you're not in a rush, dampen your bread, wrap it in foil, then bake it in the oven at 300°F for 30 minutes, plus another 5 to get the crust nice and crispy. It takes a little longer but will get you the closest result to a freshly baked loaf.
Now microwaving your bread doesn't yield as tasty results as the other two methods, but if you don't feel like turning on the oven or are looking for the fastest way to reheat your bread, the microwave is your best option. Lightly dampen a paper towel and wrap it around the bread. Microwave the bread at 10-second intervals until it's soft. Don't overdo it with the microwave times because it can make the crust soggy.
Keep in mind that whichever method you choose to revive your stale bread, the effects are short-term. You'll need to serve and eat the loaf within a few hours.