French Toast, also known as eggy bread, is a classic breakfast or brunch dish that consists of slices of bread soaked in an egg and milk mixture, then fried to delectable golden-brown perfection. Originating in Europe, this delicious treat has become widely popular in various parts of the world, with regional variations such as the savory Hong Kong-style French toast, or the sweet pain perdue in France.
Preparing French toast involves whisking eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and sometimes spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg – this mixture is used for dipping the bread slices before frying them in a pan or on a griddle. Ideal bread types for this dish include brioche, challah, or thick-cut white bread. Serving options often include a dusting of powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, or a side of fresh fruit.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does French Toast expire?
Unopened store bought French Toast typically lasts for about a week past the 'best by' date when stored in the refrigerator, and if it was freeze-dried or dehydrated, it can last even up to a few months past the expiration date when stored in a cool, dark pantry. Once opened, it should ideally be consumed within two days, as it tends to get soggy and attracts mold. For homemade French Toast, consume it within two days if refrigerated. If frozen, it can last up to two months. Reheating it brings it back closer to the original texture and flavor!
How do you tell if French Toast is bad?
Let's first talk about smell and touch. If the French Toast gives off an unpleasant or sour smell, chances are it has gone bad. The same goes for touch. If you notice any mold or unusual discoloration (like black spots or greenish-blue specks) on the toast, discard it. Visual signs or physical manifestation of mold is a strong indication that your French Toast is no longer safe to eat. If the taste is slightly off or it becomes excessively soggy, it’s best to not consume it.
Tips for storing French Toast to extend shelf life
• Store French toast in airtight containers or resealable plastic bags to maintain freshness.
• If you're refrigerating homemade French toast, place a sheet of wax paper between each slice to prevent them from sticking together.
• To reheat refrigerated or defrosted French toast, bake them in an oven or toaster oven. It helps bring back some of its original texture and flavor.
• For freezing, wait until the French toast has cooled after frying, then individually wrap each piece in plastic wrap or foil before placing in a resealable freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge or microwave for a quick defrost.