This probably happened when you buy bread and it sits for a few days and the bread starts to get hard. You don’t want to throw it away, but you don’t want to eat is also.
We can show you some ways to make that hard bread soft.
1. Preheat your oven to a low temperature. Set your oven to 300ºF (150ºC). Before you put the bread in the oven, spray a little bit of water on the bread. The heat will help most of the stale bread, but it will only last a few hours.
2. Wrap the bread in foil. This helps the steam from escaping, it helps keep moisture trapped in the bread instead. Heat until soft. If you slightly wet the bread, wait until it doesn’t feel soggy. Depending on the size of the loaf and whether or not you added water, this could take 5–15 minutes.
3. If you want to try steaming, bring water to a boil in the base of a steamer. Pour a little bit of water into the pan to cover the bottom. Heat it up until it boils, then remove from heat. If you don’t have a steamer, you’ll need a colander that sits on top of the pan, and a lid that can fit over the colander.
This methods adds gives the bread more moisture, but it doesn’t last as long as the oven method. The extra moisture is most helpful when the bread is very stale and hard, or if it was left out unwrapped.
4. If you want to eat the bread right away, microwaving does soften bread, but the result doesn’t last long. Within a few minutes, the bread usually turns rubbery and even tougher than before. This is the fastest method, but it’s best to save it for an immediate snack.