The internet is going crazy for a food influencer’s hack to revive stale bread.
At some point or another, most bread lovers have likely been frustrated with the food’s short shelf life. Stored at room temperature, bread typically lasts just three to four days if it is homemade or up to seven days if it is stored-bought before growing mold, according to Healthline. But it can go stale much faster, leaving a tough, dry morsel, hardly a shell of its fresh original form.
“Today I’m going to show you how to revive stale bread,” said blogger Katie Lolas in her now-viral video posted Tuesday. Lolas lives in Sydney, Australia, and shares advice for healthy habits, food and fitness on her social media accounts. Her de ella Instagram reel de ella featuring the bread hack has been viewed 88,000 times.
“All you have to do is pour water over the bread to ensure the crust is wet and then place it in the oven at 160 degrees for around 6 minutes,” Lolas explained while demonstrating with a stale loaf of bread.
Sure enough, when she removed her bread from the oven and cut it open, it looked like a steaming fresh loaf. She showed off its malleable texture by squeezing the crust and pulling apart the soft bread inside.
“There you go, your loaf will be as good as new, moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside,” she announced. “Give it a go—trust me, you’ll see!”
In a comment below the clip, Lolas said she learned the tip from her mother. She reminded viewers not to try salvaging bread with any mold, writing, “Throw it in your compost and move on.”
The blogger’s audience applauded her hack in grateful comments.
“Witchcraft!” exclaimed one admirer.
“That’s awesome!” agreed another. “Will definitely be giving this a go!”
Some viewers shared how the trick had worked for their attempts to revive other baked goods as well.
“This also works with scones,” a comment said.
“I’ve done this with individual sourdough slices too,” another home cook chimed in. “And put some crushed garlic and cheese on them. Perfect garlic bread.”
Other kitchen hacks that have taken off on the internet include a baking trick for mixing sticky ingredients into a mess-free mixing bowl, a method of cutting mandarin oranges without having to peel them and a tip to speed up the process of shredding chicken.
Newsweek reached out to Lolas for comment.