New age philosophy has everyone storing their bread in the fridge to keep it fresh, but not so fast.
There are two parts to the story of staling bread; part one is moisture loss, the other one is recrystallization of starch which also causes bread to get hard and stale.
According to Serious Eats, “The reason a refrigerator is bad for bread: When bread is stored in a cold (but above freezing) environment, this recrystallization, and therefore staling, happens much faster than at warmer temperatures. Freezing, however, dramatically slows the process down.”
There you have it folks – stop keeping your bread in the fridge to keep it fresh. One of the best tips for keeping fresh bread comes from Baker David Norman who recommends not buying pre-sliced bread, since the shelf life immediately decreases with this way of processing. A better option is to buy whole loaves or to freeze it.