Food Storage - How long can you keep...


Blue Arrow
Green Arrow
4-5 days
Blue Arrow
Blue Arrow
3 months



  • How long does white bread last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep white bread in a cool, dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of bakery-bought white bread, keep in original packaging and store at room temperature.
  • To maximize the shelf life of homemade white bread, cool thoroughly before storing and place in plastic storage bag or breadbox, or wrap in foil and store at room temperature.
  • Properly stored, white bread will last for about 4 to 5 days at normal room temperature.
  • How long does white bread last in the fridge? White bread should ideally not be refrigerated, as the bread will dry out and become stale faster than at room temperature.
  • If you must refrigerate white bread (eg, due to a lack of pantry storage space or very hot, humid room conditions), the bread will typically last for only about 2-3 days before getting stale.
  • Can you freeze white bread? Yes, to freeze: (1) Slice bread or leave loaf whole; (2) Wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag and freeze.
  • How long does a loaf of white bread last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - white bread that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if white bread is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the bread: discard any bread that has an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the entire loaf.

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here

Today's Tips