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How Long Does Wheat Bread Last? [Shelf Life Guide]

Wheat bread is a type of bread that’s made from wheat flour.

It contains ingredients such as water, yeast, malt, and salt.

The dough may also include whole grains like oats or barley, which provide additional nutrients to the body.

When you purchase a loaf of wheat bread at the grocery store, how long does it last? How do you know if your wheat bread has gone bad? Learning how to store it correctly can help prevent spoilage.

How to Store Wheat Bread?

how to store wheat bread

Bread, one of the most popular foods in America, is not so easy to store.

Storing fresh wheat bread for long periods requires a balance between keeping it moist and preventing mold growth from occurring over time.

To do this, you need an airtight container that can fit your loaf of bread.

Always store bread at room temperature.

The temperatures in a refrigerator can cause your bread to go stale more quickly or grow mold.

If you are storing fresh-baked bread because you don’t want it eaten right away, then wrapping it tightly without any air between the wrap and the loaf should keep moisture from escaping too quickly.

Some people may even use a plastic bag with all of those precautions taken into consideration for an extra precautionary measure against evaporation.

You can also store wheat bread by placing parchment paper on top of your finished product if storing several loaves together, so they do not adhere to one another and keep moisture from escaping.

If you are storing bread for an extended period, it’s suggested that you place your loaf in an airtight bag with some desiccant or rice to help absorb any extra moisture and prevent mold growth.

Or you can use a bread box with a bread proofer to keep your loaf fresh longer.

How Long Does Wheat Bread Last?

how long does wheat bread last

Why is wheat bread so popular? Is it because of the taste or texture? Is it because of its versatility? What gives wheat bread the edge over other types of bread is all of these reasons.

Wheat bread goes well with a variety of foods, and you can use them in many dishes.

When appropriately stored on the counter or pantry shelf, unopened packages will last up to three weeks before going stale (because moisture leaves).

If properly stored and packaged, a loaf of whole wheat bread will last for about 5 to 7 days at average room temperature.

A package should not be put in the fridge or freezer.

This will make the bread go stale much faster, which could potentially ruin it.

Dried fruit and nut butter are a great addition to add some flavor and nutrition when you’re feeling creative with your morning toast.

How to Tell if Wheat Bread is Bad?

how to tell if wheat bread is bad

Wheat bread can go bad, but there are some tell-tale signs to look out for.

If you’re not sure if it’s still safe and tasty or just plain old moldy crusts from the bottom of your cupboard, use these three simple tests to find out:

  • Look at the color – Is it turning darker? This is a sign that more bacteria may be forming on top layers than others because they weren’t covered with dough while baking, so all surfaces were exposed. Be careful when you see this. It might not be safe to eat.
  • Smell It – Does anything seem off? A sour smell could indicate spoilage, and if it smells too sweet, you may be tasting a moldy crust.
  • Cut It Open – If you have the urge to cut open a loaf of bread, it’s probably time. The mold that forms on top is usually harmless, but cutting into any moldy spots can release unhealthy spores for humans.
  • Taste It – If you’re still unsure, taste it. Chances are, if the bread smells bad to you or has a strange color and moldy crusts on top, it’s probably not safe to eat.

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll have a great idea of how to tell if wheat bread is bad.

how long does wheat bread last

How Long Does Wheat Bread Last? Does Wheat Bread Go Bad?

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Wheat bread
  • Air-tight containers or Ziplock bags
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Label your container with the content and date and keep track of how much you’re using!
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
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