Whenever I can, I buy a loaf of freshly made bread for the kids. These loafs usually don't last very long, around 2 to 3 days, because there's little or no preservatives in them. The commercially baked loafs that come by the truckful from the bread factory and have about a week of shelf-life in them...THOSE are ladden with preservatives. So, though fresh bread is more expensive and lasts a very little while, I'll still choose fresh anyday.
There are things that you can do to prolong the life of the bread. I usually stick them in the fridge a day after opening, and that gives me a couple more days. Or I could put them in a bread bin, which seals in the freshness for a while. The first option works fine in our weather, but every time the kids want to eat the bread, it needs to be toasted. So I went online to do a bit of research, and found out that in the olden days, before fridges and breadbins, people used to put bread in a cloth bag to make it last. Well, what do you know!
So this is the bread bag that I made. Something simple, lined in cotton poplin on the inside and a floral cotton on the outside. It's also great for transporting little buns on a picnic. And it's reuseable! More adventures on the bread bag coming up in future posts. I am sooooo arranging a picnic! Yes, just so I can use the bread bag to transport little buns:)