You go to grab bread for a grilled cheese sandwich or toast, and find your loaf to be rock solid. You don't have time to run to the store, but you really want that grilled cheese. How is your bread already stale? Well, as soon as the bread leaves the oven, it starts to lose moisture and the structure of the bread starts to go rigid. So, what do you do? Here's how to soften hard bread:

How to Soften Stale Bread

  • Prep Time:10 secs
  • Cook Time:10 secs
  • Total Time:20 secs
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • Stale bread
  • A lint-free kitchen towel
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  • Step 1

    Run the towel under a tap until it is damp.

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  • Step 2

    Wrap the bread or slice in the damp towel.

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  • Step 3

    Microwave for 10 seconds. This will put moisture back into the bread, therefore reviving it for a while.

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Now you have the perfect slice of bread for that gooey grilled cheese. And if you have a bag of sliced bread that has gone stale you can always put some celery in the bag, place it in the fridge and leave it over night. Yup, you read that right. Reviving the bread isn't your only option when you have a hardened loaf. Try one of these clever uses of how to use stale bread.