How to tell if bread is spoiled? (5 simple ways)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to tell if bread is spoiled”, discuss the different methods of identifying spoiled bread and the potential health effects after consuming spoiled bread.

How to tell if bread is spoiled?

If you see that the color of your bread is being changed from white to green or purple, then this means that the bread is spoiled. Fresh bread has a very soft texture, while spoiled bread has a rigid surface. Fresh bread has a slightly sweet and yeasty aroma, but it would probably be spoiled if you smell something off. Fresh bread tastes sweet, whereas if you taste spoiled bread, you would tell if it is spoiled or not. You can also tell if the bread is spoiled or not by seeing if there is any mold growth in it.

Bread is a staple food that is prepared by baking. It is one of the most popular foods being eaten by people around the world. It is made from yeast, wheat, eggs, and other ingredients. Fresh bread stays fresh only for a short period. Some factors led the bread towards a spoilage. First, when bread is attributed to the microbial attack, and second when bread undergoes some physical and chemical changes that lead to spoilage. This is because the temperature and humidity of homes make bread spoil. 

Methods to know if the bread is spoiled or not:

There are few easy methods to know if bread is spoiled or not. However, spoiled bread can be easily detected. Our sense is the most common and reliable test to identify spoiled bread. Most commonly, bread gets spoiled due to fungus attacks which can be easily detected by smell. However, we must avoid sniffing it because when we inhale it, spores present in spoiled bread can quickly go inside our body through the nose and cause infection in our respiratory system. 

Identification through its color:

Fresh bread has light brown or creamy color. The new and bright color of bread helps to identify the difference between fresh and spoiled bread. But it is not much of an accurate method to identify spoiled bread until it is attacked by fungus. 

When the bread is attacked by fungal spores or mold, its color changes from white to purple. In addition, purple or green color spots appear on the bread. These spots are usually due to fungal spores. It is the best identification method for spoiled bread. It means that we must not eat this bread. We immediately need to throw that away.

The texture of bread:

Fresh bread has a soft texture. Freshly made bread is very soft to touch and has a springy texture. As bread gets spoiled, its surface becomes dry. It feels dry to touch but can still be edible. But if there is any mold in it, then it is not edible. If the bread has a hard texture, it can still be used as bread crumbs if molds do not attack it.

The smell of bread:

Fresh bread has a slightly sweet and yeasty aroma. If the bread gets spoiled its starts giving off a foul smell. An unpleasant and bad smell indicates spoiled bread. This smell is usually due to fungus spores. It smells sour. When mold starts growing in bread, it gives off a moldy and unpleasant odor that indicates spoiled bread. 

Taste of spoiled bread:

Fresh bread tastes sweet. Its taste depends on its flavor. Identifying spoiled bread through a bite is not preferred, but you can quickly tell if the bread is spoiled or not if you taste a bit. If it tastes off and unpleasant with a foul odor, then you need to throw that away immediately. Because you should not consider eating moldy bread, tasting spoiled bread can cause many health issues because of the fungal spores as they can cause food poisoning. 

Moldy appearance in spoiled bread:

Moldiness in bread can be due to many reasons. But the main reason is when fungal spores attack the bread, they start growing on it. Bread enhances the growth of spores. Moldiness can make the bread spoil. Green fungi start appearing, which is a good sign of identifying spoiled bread. 

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Expiry date:

The expiry date mentioned on the date is another good way to know if bread is spoiled or not. The date of baking and expiry helps a lot in picking up fresh bread.

Tips for storing bread:

We need to keep bread in cool and dry places. We need to cover bread tightly to prevent it from getting moist moisture in bread makes it spoil as we know that bread does not last longer than a week. So we should consume it within one week. We can also keep it in the refrigerator so that it can stay fresh a bit longer. 

Covering bread tightly and keeping it in the refrigerator can save bread from mold.


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