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BIG BANG THEORIES: The Science of Bread

Most people think that bread will go stale if it sits on the counter, so they put it in the fridge. When bread is baked in the oven, bonds are broken and new bonds are formed, making the bread turn soft as it swells. The molecules crystallize and the bread hardens. So back to our comparison of storing the bread on the counter or in the fridge. If we took two loaves of the same kind of bread out of the oven and put one on the counter and one in the fridge, the one in the fridge would stale after 1 day – but the loaf on the counter would take two days to stale.

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