The problem with bread in our house is that we barely get through half the loaf before it goes bad. So, instead of leaving bread in the pantry to mold (or in the fridge for the starches to crystalize and dry out the bread making it stale) I started to put my bread in the freezer.
When you need a piece of bread – pop it into the toaster and use it for sandwiches. Or pop it in the toaster just long enough to thaw the bread if you don’t like toasted bread.
Loaves of french or artisan breads thaw well in the microwave (be sure to use your defrost setting not the regular setting) 30 seconds at a time on the defrost setting.
Since I have been doing this, we haven’t wasted any bread in our house!