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How to Revive Stale Bread

Everything old is new again – even stale bread, if you know a quick trick.


  • Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Step 2: Rub an ice cube or drizzle some water over the crust of the bread until it's damp.
  • Step 3: Wrap it in aluminum foil.
  • Step 4: Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  • TIP: To use your microwave, sprinkle the crust of the bread with water, wrap it in a paper towel, and pop it in for 15 seconds.
  • Step 5: If you'd rather use your range, bring a few cups of water to a boil; put a vegetable steamer or splatter guard on top of the pot, and set the bread on it for one minute.
  • Step 6: Enjoy your bread – and the knowledge that you didn't throw out perfectly good food.
  • FACT: The Egyptians were the first to bake rising bread, back in 2600 BC. They also developed baking ovens.

You Will Need

  • Stale bread
  • Ice cube or water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper towel and microwave
  • Steamer and pan

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