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I'm thinking about purchasing one to free up some space in our cramped refrigerator. However, I'm wondering if it's just another thing that will take up counter space, they seem kind of big. Bread box, yay or nay?
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LMAO how timely!! I just bought one from ikea today! our bread drawer is basically falling apart and is the bane of my existence. so while it does clutter the counter more, it is a FAR better choice than the craptastic drawer we have whose door is basically falling off.

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One thing besides space to consider is if you purchase bread with preservatives or not since the more natural breads *have* to be refridgerated. Or perhaps your family goes through bread fast enough it might not matter!

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Yes, I love my bread box. I found an antique metal one at garage sale and my sister painted it up (red with a white stripe). it does take up room on the counter, but my dh always left the bread lying around on the counter anyways. This way, I feel like it looks less cluttered.
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No bread box for us. We don't eat enough bread to justify it and it was just MAJOR clutter on the counter.

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No, we just keep our bread in a kitchen cabinet.
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No, we just keep our bread in a kitchen cabinet.
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We've had one for many years and love it. It has a flat top (and access via a roll back front), so we don't really loose too much room, as we can put other things such as a fruit bowl, or cake or whatever on top.
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We have two bread box's one metal, one wood, both yard sale finds. We do used both but for a garage, barn, house, castle etc for the little one, lol.
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Nope. I freak out if things are on the counter and/or out in the open. We use a deep drawer for all of our beads, rolls, tortillas, buns.

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We got a handmade wooden one as a wedding present . I love it!
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I use a basket.

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I keep it either on top of the freezer or in it depending on what bread it is. What is the purpose of a breadbox? Does it keep the bread fresh longer or is it just a place to store it?
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We have one- but I'm really not sure why. We've just always had it.
I don't really know that it serves a useful purpose & I've been thinking about getting rid of it. We could just as easily put bread in the cupboard.
I like the idea of using a small basket instead. It would take up a bit less space and the contents would be more visible (so that we remember to use up the last of the english muffins, etc. for example). Hmm.

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We keep our bread in the freezer. We only buy natural bread w/o preservatives and in the freezer it stays fresher than in the fridge. The fridge dries it out more. It only takes a minute or two to defrost if we want a sandwich right then. For school lunches I just make the sandwich on frozen bread (easier to spread on) and it toasts up great.

I love the way bread boxes look, but I just know I'd put something in there and out of site out of mind and I'd look in there and see a big moldy mess.

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We have a built-in microwave above the stove that we NEVER use. Except last month we began using it as a breadbox. Oh, and we use sprouted flour and make our own. Lasts about a week w/o going moldy here in the Pacific NW. Except rarely lasts a week.
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We have one that now lives in our garage. I found the biggest issue with it was that I would forget I had bread in there until it was all moldy and smelly, and then I had to clean the box! Now bread just sits on my counter, and I am also not a fan of that. I really like the idea of a basket that a pp mentioned - I am going to have to try that!

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One thing besides space to consider is if you purchase bread with preservatives or not since the more natural breads *have* to be refridgerated. Or perhaps your family goes through bread fast enough it might not matter!
Oh, I didn't think about that! We buy bread w/o preservatives.

Someone asked what the purpose of a bread box is; -for us it would be to free up some space in our fridge. We just moved into a house with a side by side fridge, and for some reason we just don't have enough room for all of our food. It just seems cramped.
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Side by side fridges take some getting used to, ime. Give yourself some time, you'll figure it out. We actually got a breadbox for the EXACT SAME REASON. Had moved from an apartment with a freezer on top fridge into our first house and had a side by side for the first time and it seemed so awkward and small for many months. We love side by sides now, though...

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No, I do not use a bread box. I just keep our breads in the 'fridge. If I buy a French or Italian bread (that needs to be eaten w/i a day or two), I just leave it on the counter.

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I keep our loaves of bread in a drawer. :P

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I have and use a bread box. I make all our bread, store in plastic bags and keep it in there. Ours is pushed diagonally against the corner on the counter so there a dark spot where I also keep the potatoes behind it. I think it makes my kitchen look neater.
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When I put bread it the breadbox, it goes bad because DH doesn't see it to eat it. So bread lives on top of the toaster oven. Peanut butter and other bread condiments live in the breadbox.
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Nope. I make all our bread and it goes stale, even in a breadbox, pretty quickly. I keep it in the freezer and we just defrost/toast it as necessary. We don't eat a huge amount of bread, though. If guests are coming I make it fresh 'cause it's nicer.

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Natural bred does not have to be refrigerated. Ask the 65 000 inhabitants of France - their bread is preservative free and lives on counters and in drawers.

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i use a basket. looks nice, holds the bread and tortillas, visible, but neat.
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Natural bred does not have to be refrigerated. Ask the 65 000 inhabitants of France - their bread is preservative free and lives on counters and in drawers.
But they also make or buy new bread daily.

It takes us forever to go through bread since we don't eat it regularly. We just freeze it and put it out as necessary. A bread box wouldn't work for us either since we would probably keep the same loaf in their for a few months before we remembered it. Now we do keep fresh French bread and homemade breads out on the counter and consume it the same day. But that happens about twice a year.
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We keep our bread in a drawer or in the freezer to defrost as needed. The only bread we keep in the fridge is pitta bread.

I had a counter top bread bin once which was a beautiful old enamelled bin with a lid but it was so deep I couldn't get the bread out of it and it went mouldy more often than not.
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if you make your own bread then breadboxes really do not work well... i have one but it really is a waste and my bread gets stale within a couple days regardless. i just either put it in the freezer or make bread pudding out of it.

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