It’s important to be able to eat something nutritious in the morning for breakfast. Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time before you need to go to work or school, though.
This is why many people just grab a slice of bread and toast it in the morning. Having some toast will be a good pick me up and it won’t take a lot of time to prepare it.
If you went to grab a slice of bread this morning and discovered that it was moldy, then you might be a bit let down. No one wants to eat moldy bread and you might not have another convenient option for breakfast.
Are you wondering to yourself if it’ll be possible to still eat the bread? Does toasting bread kill mold?
Keep reading to learn about whether toasting bread is sufficient to kill mold. You’ll also learn about whether it’s safe to eat something that has mold on it or not.
Toasting Bread Doesn’t Kill Mold
If you hoped that toasting the bread would kill the mold, then you should dash those hopes right now. Mold is not something that you want to try to eat, and you’re not going to be able to salvage bread that has become moldy by toasting it.
When you toast bread, it isn’t going to kill the mold spores. It’s possible that you could breathe the mold spores in and you might wind up getting sick.
Ingesting moldy bread can make you feel ill in many cases. If you do happen to eat a piece of bread that’s moldy, then you’ll probably be okay, but you will experience some symptoms.
Breathing in mold spores can cause people to have respiratory issues. This is why it’s not good to live near mold because it can continue to make you sick over time.
You might feel a bit ill if you eat something that’s moldy. Don’t make a habit of eating moldy items since doing so is bad for you.
It’s always going to be wise to check a loaf of bread to see if it’s good before you decide to eat it. You should be able to tell if bread is moldy or not simply by looking at it.
Never try to determine if bread is moldy by bringing it close to your nose and smelling it, though. This is only going to cause you to breathe in mold spores which will be bad and will cause you to have respiratory issues.
Can’t You Just Cut the Mold Off?
Some people might assume that you can just cut the moldy portion off of the bread and everything will be okay. This would be absolutely wrong, and you’ll want to learn why that is.
You see, bread is a soft food product and mold has a very easy time spreading when it’s growing on bread. Even if you manage to cut the portion of the bread that appears to be moldy, there’s no guarantee that you actually removed all of the mold.
In fact, it’s very likely that the roots of the mold go deeper than you’ll be able to see with the naked eye. This means that you could make the bread look like it’s no longer moldy, but it’d still be dangerous to eat the moldy bread.
Sadly, you aren’t going to be able to save bread that has mold on it. It’s going to be better for you to give up on it and go buy a new loaf.
At least bread is inexpensive enough that it shouldn’t feel like a big loss. Even if you’re talking about homemade bread, it’ll be affordable enough to buy the ingredients that you need to bake a fresh loaf.
What If Only One Side of a Bread Loaf Is Moldy?
Things get tricky when you’re trying to figure out whether or not to throw out an entire loaf of sliced bread. You might reach into the plastic bag and pull out one slice of bread that is moldy.
Upon further inspection, you might discover that only the first few slices of bread will have mold on them. If the rest of the loaf appears to be fine, then is it going to be okay to keep the slices that haven’t been touched?
Well, the answer to this question depends on how safe you want to be. You should remember the earlier information about mold being able to spread very easily on bread.
The fact that the bread is sliced does help a bit, but the bread slices are still in close proximity to each other. It’s not going to be hard for the mold to spread from one slice to another.
Since mold can be hard to see in certain phases, it’s not going to be simple to determine if the bread is perfectly fine or not. Some experts say that it should be fine to keep the bread that doesn’t appear to be moldy, but others will urge greater caution.
Honestly, it might be better to throw the entire loaf out just to be safe. You know that breathing in mold spores can cause you to experience respiratory problems.
Is there a point in taking any risks when bread is so affordable? Probably not.
Yes, it does feel bad to have to waste food items that you spent money on, but it’s much better to be safe. You can easily replace a loaf of bread without spending much cash at all.
Try to Keep Your Bread Fresh for as Long as Possible
The best thing that you can do is try to keep your bread fresh for as long as possible. Bread won’t stay good indefinitely, but you’re going to be able to keep it fresher for a bit longer if you store it properly.
Buying a breadbox will be a good investment if you have enough room on your counter for one. This is a handy spot where you can store a loaf of bread and keep it safe.
The environment inside a breadbox is perfect for storing bread. It has the right balance of humidity and air circulation that you need to keep the bread fresh. It won’t prevent mold from growing on the bread over time, but it will ensure that the bread doesn’t go stale too fast.
Keeping bread in a cool and dry environment will help to prevent mold from growing for as long as possible. Mold needs humidity to be able to grow properly, and you can use that information to your advantage.
You might want to consider wrapping bread in plastic to keep it safe. If bread is tightly sealed in plastic, then this will significantly slow the molding process.
When you’re storing store-bought bread in the plastic bag that it came in, it’s going to be imperative to try to squeeze the air out of the bag each time you go to close it back up. Be sure to use the bread tie to close the bag properly as well.
If you’re trying to store homemade bread or loaves of bread from the bakery, then you can consider putting them in sealable plastic bags to keep them fresh. Putting some effort into storing bread safely will make a difference.
You aren’t going to want to try to toast bread when it’s moldy. Simply put, it’s still going to be dangerous and you’re not going to kill the mold this way.
If you eat a moldy piece of bread, then it might make you a little bit sick. That doesn’t mean that you need to go to the hospital or anything, but it’s still not a good thing to do.
Breathing in spores of mold will cause you to experience respiratory issues. The best thing to do when you discover that your bread is moldy is to throw it away.
You shouldn’t try to salvage parts of the bread that aren’t moldy. There’s no good way of telling how far the mold has grown into the bread, and it’s very possible that there are moldy sections that are invisible to the naked eye.
It’s also better to throw away the entire loaf of bread when only some of the pieces of bread are moldy. Some say it’s fine to keep the other bread slices that don’t have mold on them, but it’s truly better to err on the side of caution since mold spreads fast on bread.
Storing your bread properly can help you to keep it from growing mold for as long as possible. It’s good to store bread in plastic bags to try to keep it fresh.
Now that you know more about this situation, it’s going to be easier to make good choices. If you have someone in your family who told you that it’s fine to eat mold, then they simply aren’t correct.
It’s always going to be bad for you to do this, and you’re going to want to discard food items that have started to grow mold. So long as you keep this in mind, you shouldn’t wind up eating moldy toast for breakfast due to being strapped for time in the future.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Film/Video/Media Studies, as well as an associates degree in Communications. I began producing videos and musical recordings nearly 15 years ago. I am a guitarist and bassist in Southwest MI and have been in a few different bands since 2009, and in 2012 I began building custom guitars and basses in my home workshop as well. When I’m home, I love spending time with my three pets (a dog, cat, and snake) and gardening in my backyard.