Should breadcrumbs be packaged in a paper bag, or is a plastic bag preferred?

What spoils breadcrumbs quicker: oxygen, moisture, or both?


Oxygen will only spoil breadcrumbs if the bread was high in fat. The fat will oxidize and go rancid. Fat will also go rancid in the presence of light so a plastic bag on the counter would not be ideal either.

Moisture will spoil any bread immediately because it will allow bacterial and mold action. Where oxygen might make high fat bread go a little off after a week, moisture will make it mold in a day or two.

Just toast your breadcrumbs to drive out excess moisture before packaging in a plastic bag. If it is high fat bread then you might also keep it in the freezer.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.