Does your bread smells like alcohol?
I understand your situation as I had been there before!
I remember those days when I used to make dough and stored it for 2 – 3 days for preparing bread using an oven.
It has been almost three years now since, I am using an automatic bread maker machine that prepares dough itself, bakes it and serves freshly baked bread every time.
It not only saves me a lot of time but also I need almost zero effort to bake a fresh bread.
Today I often use my bread maker machine for preparing deliciously rich in taste bread for my entire family. The main reason why I purchase this technologically advanced bread maker is the strong smell of storing dough preparation.
I remember that one day when I took out that preparation for bread making, the dough smelt like alcohol. Yes! You read it right.
I was a bit surprised that whenever I stored the dough for more than two days, it usually started smelling like alcohol.
“Why does my bread smell like alcohol?” I just questioned myself.
After an extensive research, I finally found the answer to my question!
In this post, I will provide you with the reasons why dough smells like alcohol and how you could get rid of it in a very cost-effective manner.
Just read on and get accustomed to the fact!
Reasons Why Bread Smells Like Alcohol
During the preparation of bread, the ingredients such as flour, oil, sugar, salt and yeast are the main constituents.
I have collected several pieces of evidence that show all yeast bread contain a little amount of alcohol. It mainly depends on how long it is kept after making the dough preparation.
This is because the constituents of the bread chemically react with each other (after a certain period of time) that make bread smells.
It is advised to utilize your dough preparation within short period. Or else, you might also notice the similar kind of smell.
While the preparation of dough, the smell of rising loaf is really boozy (you can identify it by standing near a bread factory).
But when it is turned into freshly baked bread, it smells sweet and great.
This tells that purchased bread is prepared from stored dough that contains alcohol content.
During the baking process, this dough evaporates alcohol. But, at the end, some amount of alcohol can’t be boiled off.
This explains why store bought bread smells like alcohol when you opened the pack.
In case; the bread is left under-baked, it gets fermented quickly.
Is Alcoholic Fermented Bread Safe To Eat?
Alcoholic fermented bread is not harmful to health but it has no health benefits.
If your prepared bread smells like wine or alcohol, it can make you annoyed.
So, the best option is using the automatic bread maker and prepares dough instantly for bread making at one go. Or else, purchase a pack of freshly baked bread (if it is within your reach).
Remember that cheap bread mostly smells bad. You can get rid of this weird smell by purchasing good quality bread which is readily available on the market.
If you prefer bread for your morning breakfast and also count it as a staple food, it is better to go with the purchase of the best bread making machine.
This gives you the freedom of choosing ingredients by your own and prepares freshly baked bread in the comfort of your kitchen every time.
The best part is you can customize the constituents of bread to check your family’s health, especially the children, in their growing ages.
Does Bread Smell Bad If Package Remains Opened For A Few Days?
Yes! Of Course!
After a few days, you notice that your stored bread smells like alcohol. However, there is a scientific reason behind this strong but weird smell of stored bread.
Let me explain you in the form of a chemical reaction–
Yeast + Starch (Carbohydrate present in flour) à Alcohol
Alcohol (acetobacter bacteria) à Acetic Acid (Vinegar)
This means that yeast (present in the making of bread) eats starch content to form alcohol and smells bad. In case, you are late to recognize then this chemical reaction will continue.
Now, there will be the growth of microorganisms such as acetobacter bacteria. It consumes alcohol and turns it into acetic acid.
At this point of time; if you open the pack, you will find sticky bread that smells like vinegar.
(Chemically, vinegar is acetic acid)
Anything beyond this, it makes bread to decompose. Just throw the pack in the dustbin as soon as possible.
Ideal Way To Store Bread
When you prepare bread at home, it is the best to consume the freshly baked bread at one go.
If you have unfinished sandwich bread, then store it in an air-tight container. This will keep the moisture outside and protect your bread from getting fermented.
When you are ready to eat the rest portion of the bread, be sure that there are no visible molds. And, enjoy your diet in style.
It is recommended to consume the remaining portion within two days of preparation.
When you make the purchase of bread from a store, ensure that it is fresh and baked properly. Look for its expiration date to make sure how long you could stock the same.
It is possible that you won’t be able to eat the whole pack of bread at one go.
So, store the unfinished portion in an air-tight container. (However, it is loaded with preservatives and can taste good until it gets expired.)
I think this information has made it clear why bread smells like alcohol.
So, don’t mess up with the situation!
Whether you have a bread maker or not, it is of prime importance that you eat fresh and deliciously rich in taste, bread.
If you ever come across the alcohol-fermented bread, do justice to your diet.
Eat Fresh! Stay Healthy!