Fresh bread is one of life’s simple joys, yet bringing home a baguette from a bakery can feel like taking care of a bouquet of flowers. It’s beautiful, but it requires fussy care and never lasts long. Compare that to bread you can buy pre-sliced and wrapped in plastic, which can lasts for days (if not weeks) at the store, and it seems like there’s no good choice: bread that lasts forever but isn’t as delicious, or bread that lasts for a few days before suddenly becoming a mold factory over night.
But buying and storing fresh bread is actually pretty simple, if you follow a few easy rules. We asked Jake Novick-Finder, the chef at Gristmill in Brooklyn for his best tips.

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