The internet is going crazy over a food influencer’s hack to revive stale bread.
At one time or another, most bread lovers have probably been frustrated with the short shelf life of foods. Stored at room temperature, bread typically only lasts three to four days if homemade or up to seven days if store bought before developing mold, according to Healthline. But it can go stale much faster, leaving a hard, dry lump, barely a shell of its original fresh form.
“Today I’m going to show you how to revive stale bread,” blogger Katie Lolas said in her now-viral video posted on Tuesday. Lolas lives in Sydney, Australia and shares tips on healthy habits, diet and fitness on her social media accounts. His Instagram reel featuring the bread hack has been viewed 88,000 times.
“All you have to do is pour water over the bread to make sure the crust is moist, then pop it in the oven at 160 degrees for about 6 minutes,” Lolas explained during a demonstration with a loaf of stale bread.
Sure enough, when she took her loaf out of the oven and opened it, it looked like steaming fresh bread. She showed off her malleable texture by squeezing the crust and separating the soft bread inside.
“There you go, your bread will be like new, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside,” she announced. “Try it, trust me, you’ll see!” »
In a comment below the clip, Lolas said she learned the advice from her mother. She reminded viewers not to try to salvage bread from just any mold, writing, “Toss it in your compost and move on.”
The blogger’s audience applauded her hack in grateful comments.
“Witchcraft!” exclaimed an admirer.
“It’s awesome!” agreed another. “I will definitely try!”
Some viewers explained how the trick worked for their attempts to revive other baked goods.
“It also works with scones,” said one comment.
“I also did this with individual sourdough slices,” another home cook added. “And put crushed garlic and cheese on it. Perfect garlic bread.”
Other kitchen hacks that have taken off on the internet include a cooking trick for mixing sticky ingredients in a mess-free mixing bowl, a method for cutting tangerines without having to peel them, and a trick for speeding up the shredding process of chicken.
Newsweek contacted Lolas for comment.