Welcome to Wildgrain!
Bread Baking Tips
Because every home oven is different, we have two methods to help you figure out if your loaf is done baking:
1. The Crunch Check!
Remove the loaf from the oven. Lightly press down on it. If you feel the loaf give a little and hear a crunch sound, the loaf is likely ready to be taken out of the oven for the 30 minute waiting period.
2. The Tap Check
Remove the loaf from the oven. While holding it in one hand upside-down, tap on the bottom of the loaf with your other hand. If you hear a hollow sound from the center of the loaf, the loaf is likely ready to be taken out of the oven for the 30 minute waiting period.
Good news! If properly stored, sourdough bread will last longer than commercially-yeasted bread before staling or molding.
Wait at Least 30 Minutes After Baking
We know it’s hard to resist, but slicing a warm loaf of bread too early will result in a gummy and sticky crumb inside.
Don't Store in Refrigerator
Homemade bread stales faster when it’s stored in the refrigerator.
Store in a Box, Paper Bag, or Towel
Bread boxes work great if you have one. If you don’t, no worries! You can store the loaf by wrapping it in a clean kitchen towel or by putting it in a paper bag. Make sure to keep the stored loaf in a dry place and to have its cut-side facing down.
Eat Fresh on Baking Day, Toasted Later
We recommend eating your bread fresh the first day, and then lightly toasted the following days. You can also slice the entire loaf on the first day, freeze the slices, and then toast the slices as you need them!
High Altitude Baking
There shouldn’t be an impact on baking any of our parbaked breads and rolls since they’ve already risen.
Pasta Cooking Tips
All of our pastas are cooked straight from frozen!
Frequent stirring is key to ensure the frozen pasta properly separates, we recommend:
- Using a larger pot than you normally would so there’s a larger amount of boiling water.
- Bringing the pot to a very strong boil before putting the pasta in. The frozen pasta will cool the water slightly when you put it in, so it’s important for the boil to be strong.
- Stirring the pasta frequently, especially at the beginning to help it separate faster.
- We save a cup or two of pasta cooking water. It’s a great way to loosen up the sauce, making it extra smooth and velvety.
High Altitude Cooking
For our pastas, you may have to extend the cooking time by a few minutes, since pasta takes longer to cook in high altitude locations.
Pasta Storage Tips
Before storing your leftover pasta in the fridge, allow it to cool to room temperature within an hour of cooking.
Properly stored in an airtight container, cooked pasta can last 3-5 days in the fridge.
If you have plain pasta leftovers, we recommend coating the noodles in olive oil before putting them in the fridge to prevent them from sticking.
If you have leftovers of pasta cooked in sauce that you don’t want to eat in the next few days, you can store the leftovers in the freezer for up to a month!
- Allow the leftovers to cool to room temperature within an hour of cooking.
- Put the leftovers in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to one month.
- When you’re ready to eat the leftovers, put the freezer bag in warm water to thaw before reheating them on the stove or in the microwave.
Pastries Baking Tips
Our pastries taste best when they’re freshly baked, so we recommend only baking what you plan to eat at one time.
If your Croissants arrive slightly flattened, as long as they're still cold to the touch upon arrival, you can put them in your freezer and bake them as normal. They'll still puff up when baked!
High Altitude Baking
We recommend baking one first as a test to see if they bake properly from the instructions on the label. If not, adjust the instructions by lowering the temperature and prolonging baking time so that the next time, the pastries will end up golden brown.
Pastries Storage Tips
If you do have leftover pastries, we recommend:
- Storing the leftovers the same way you store the bread: in a bread box, wrapped in a clean dish towel, or in a paper bag.
- If you’d like to give your leftover pastries a little refresh, you can put them in the oven for 5 minutes at the same oven temperature that was on their instructions.