GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
31.12.2023 - 14:49 / bhg.com
It’s Sunday morning, and you’ve just made a full spread for the whole family. The fruit is chopped, the bacon is sizzling, and the omelettes are piping hot. There’s just one more step to completing the meal: the toast. But when you go to put the bread in the toaster, you discover something unsightly—white, fuzzy mold has grown across the last slice of the loaf.
You might think it’s alright to toss the contaminated slice and keep toasting—you can’t see any mold on the other slices, after all. But next time you’re faced with spoiled bread, you should probably think twice before cutting around the mold. Experts say that eating around a slice (or section) of moldy bread could put you in danger of becoming sick—even if the rest of the bread appears to be fine.
If you’ve ever ignored the mold and forged on with breakfast, you’re not alone. But when it comes to mold, it’s best not to play around. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s going on inside the moldy bread, plus how you can make your loaves last longer at home—mold-free!
The problem with moldy bread is that you can only see the surface—and because bread is porous, the contamination can go quite a long way. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says that mold spores take root quite quickly, and don’t spare much once they’ve set in.
“Molds have branches and roots that are like very thin threads,” according to a USDA food safety pamphlet. “The roots may be difficult to see when the mold is growing on food and may be very deep in the food. Foods that are moldy may also have invisible bacteria growing along with the mold.”
The USDA also instructs people to “discard” moldy bread, saying that “porous foods can be
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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