Do you have some bread lying around on your counter that’s a couple of days old, but too stale to eat? Stale bread is the worst, but luckily, there’s a simple way to salvage it that doesn’t involve turning it into croutons. This two-step trick will make your bread fresh in no time.
The first step is to stick the bread under water and yes, we understand how silly that sounds. Stick the loaf of bread with the exposed or cut side facing away from the faucet and turn the tap on. You want the crust to get wet.
The second part of the trick is to put your wet bread in the oven. Set your oven to 300-325 F and place the bread on the oven rack. Keep the bread in the oven for six to seven minutes. If the bread is bigger or super wet, leave it in for 10-12 minutes.
By now, your bread should be moist on the inside and the crust should be nice and crackly. Take the bread out of the oven and enjoy it with your favorite condiments.
If you’re wondering how this magical trick works, the water turns into steam which hydrates the bread’s crumbs and interior and the heat makes the crust toasty.