Bread Drawers?

marcia59May 13, 2013

My cabinet company offers a bread drawer option, which, as far as I can tell, is a regular drawer with a plastic cover with holes in it. I assume the idea is that it lets in just the right amount of air to keep things fresh.

Currently, we keep bread in a bread box on the counter. We like it because it corrals the bread and keeps it neat. If it's somehow keeping bread fresher for longer, we haven't noticed.

One clear advantage of the bread drawer is that it gets one more thing off the counter. Is it going to keep my bread fresher than a bread box on the counter?

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I love my bread drawer. There was a bread drawer in the 1961 kitchen when I bought the house, but I never used it for bread. I put one of these in in the new kitchen, and it seems to work! Bread does stay fresher longer, although I don't know how it compares to a counter bread box. I needed a place for bread - as you say, one more thing off the counter - and this fills the bill. To clean it out, i just vacuum up the crumbs. My kitchen is small, and this little bit of organization is good.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 5:28PM
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I asked a similar question of my cabinetmaker. He just gave me a little smile and said "no". "Back in the day" before they wrapped bread in plastic to keep it fresh, this was the way that seemed to help. I still went with it because it gave me a dedicated place to keep the bread, the english muffins, etc. that wasn't on the counter, like you mentioned.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 5:29PM
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Who knows, but designate a bread drawer anyway! I put all our breads and snacks in ours. Love it!

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 6:33PM
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I was told that bread drawers were to keep pests/rodents out of bread in the olden days. That said, I keep bread in a drawer and it does stay fresher longer. (I used to keep it in a basket on top of the fridge.)There is no separate cover on it.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 6:51PM
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Agree with above, just put it in a regular drawer and skip the fancy high-priced covers. I like our bread drawer, and we keep the butter in there too for one-stop shopping. :)

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 8:13PM
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I did not get a dedicated bread drawer, but do keep it in a big drawer along with snacks. It stays fresh just fine..

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:22PM
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Yum....I like Taggie's idea of keeping the butter in there too! Haven't had time to make bread in my new kitchen yet :(

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 10:18PM
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