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Cooking teacher reveals the VERY simple trick that turns stale bread fresh

Cooking teacher reveals the VERY simple trick that turns stale bread fresh – and it won’t cost you a cent

  • British cooking teacher Cher Loh says stale bread can be revived with water
  • He recommends soaking an unsliced loaf in water, then baking it in an oven  
  • Mr Loh says his method not only revives bread but keeps it fresher for longer


A cooking teacher has shared his tried and tested trick for freshening up stale bread.

Cher Loh claims soaking an unsliced loaf in water and baking it at 180 degrees Celsius for roughly five minutes will bring bread back to life.

The head tutor at the Good Housekeeping Institute Cookery School in London says his method not only revives, but keeps loaves fresher for longer provided they haven’t been sliced beforehand.

His claim is backed by dozens of Australian mums who have been using the trick and posting about it on social media.

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The Good Housekeeping Institute shared other tips for keeping bread fresher, including keeping bakery-bought bread inside the paper bag it comes in (stock image)

The trend started when a mother named Judy posted the trick in a Facebook group, revealing she had restored stale bread rolls by running them under a tap and baking them at 200 degrees for a few minutes.

‘I’ve been conscious of reducing my waste and the job of using up stale bread rolls has always been a problem,’ she wrote.

‘There’s only so many breadcrumbs I can keep in the freezer and my kids aren’t a fan of defrosted rolls. My mum told me a trick her mum used to do back in the day, and it really works.’ 

How to make your loaf of bread last longer

* Keep bakery loaves in brown paper bags at room temperature.

* Keep store-bought loaves in plastic bags at room temperature.

* Never keep your bread in the fridge.

* Revive stale loaves with a splash of water and then heat in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for several minutes.

* Freeze what you don’t use.

* Make breadcrumbs or bread and butter pudding with the stale slices. 

Judy said she simply runs the bread under a tap, ensuring every inch gets damp, then places it in the oven.

‘Honestly, it’s like you just bought it from the bakery – so fresh, so yum,’ she added.

Her post attracted widespread praise online, drawing delighted responses from frugal mothers keen to get value for money on groceries.

‘This is such a good idea. I threw out some bread recently as it went stale, but I won’t be doing that again,’ one woman replied.

‘I’m totally trying this!’ another added.

Good Housekeeping Institute experts previously shared tips and tricks to keep bread fresher for longer, including keeping loaves in the paper bag they are sold in and never putting them in the fridge.

Bakery loaves are best kept in the brown paper bag they are because the paper will absorb any excess moisture, which causes a hard crust to go rubbery.

Meanwhile shop-bought loaves are best kept in a plastic bag at room temperature – and never in the fridge.

While keeping bread chilled will keep mould from growing for longer, cold temperatures cause it to turn stale faster. 

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