A while ago I read somewhere on the internet that the best way to keep your bread fresh is by putting it into a linen bag. Plastic encourages mould, refrigerators dry it out: linen bags are the answer.
At that stage I didn’t know there was a question, since our bread comes in brown paper bags and has been staying there very nicely thank you, until the last crumb (this is making me hungry, short pause to make toast). I do have a fair amount of linen around though, so yesterday after the day’s work I sat down with a remnant and my best linen tape, and humming happily, I produced a bag, about 10″x20″, with a neat buttonholed casing and a drawstring.
Today the test begins! We usually have two loaves running at once, La Brea Whole Grain and an olive bread (love olive bread toasted with tapenade and fresh tomatoes for breakfast). This morning the nature of my temptation is the whole grain bread, toasted, with butter and Cooper’s Original Oxford Marmalade. With coffee.