How To Soften Hard Bread

Tonight I’m planning on making albondigas soup (Mexican meatball soup…it’s A-MAZ-ING so check out the recipe!), and just realized that the bread I bought to make with it is as hard as a rock. Seriously, I could use it as a weapon. But it’s okay, because I know how to soften hard bread.


It’s easy. And it will also save you money because you aren’t going to just throw it away or let the kids feed it to the ducks and then go buy more bread.

How To Soften Hard Bread

It’s as easy as this: Wrap the bread in a damp dish towel or even in several damp paper towels. Place the bread on a microwave-safe dish, and microwave on high for 10 seconds. Check to see if it has softened. If not, turn the bread over and repeat a few more times.

You can also soften it in the oven. Simply preheat your oven to it’s lowest temperature setting. Wrap the bread in a damp dish towel or even in several damp paper towels. Place the bread on a cookie sheet, and let it heat in the oven for about 10 minutes. I usually check it after 6 minutes to see how it’s doing.

Another lady I know uses a basting brush and rubs the entire loaf of bread with olive oil. She then bakes it in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Or maybe you already bought new bread but are still wondering what to do with the stale bread. Like I said, you can take the kids down to the nearest lake and feed it to the ducks, or you can also use it to make some pretty good recipes. Here is a list of recipes that tells you what to do with stale bread.

What tips do you have on how to soften hard bread?


  1. I do the same as you - heat it up. And then other times I just make croutons. :) Andrea recently posted..Little Black CatMy Profile
  2. LOL, I was just about to throw out a stale loaf of bread -- a whole wheat rock hard baugette! Glad I was reading your post instead of cleaning my kitchen! Pragmaticmom recently posted..20 Gentle Chapter Books for a Young GirlMy Profile


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