How can I tell if bread has gone bad?

Mold is a common indicator, as is excessive hardening or dryness, which denote staleness. Heating stale bread may temporarily soften its inside, but not for long. However, do not toss bread if it is simply stale. Stale bread is simply bread that has been depleted of moisture. As such, it is unlikely to grow mold and will keep for extended periods of time if stored in a plastic bag.
The bread is safe to eat and can be used to make stuffing, croutons, bread crumbs, bread puddings and other dishes.


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