On Linens and Life: The French Bread Bag

February 14, 2014

Long before mass production and plastic everything, linen bread bags were commonly used to store one's bread. Because the fabric breathes and has antibacterial qualities,the bread stayed fresh longer.  It was an obvious choice when people made their  own bread or bought it directly from the bakery.  

Now, with production factories and grocery chains involved, bread arrives in one's home wrapped in plastic and there, unfortunately, it often stays.  There are lots of reasons to ditch the plastic.  The first, of course, is to maintain product freshness but there are added benefits too, namely - logo overload.   As it relates to your kitchen, logo overload is sitting down to breakfast with your family and being overrun by the logos and slogans, contests and recipes in colorful letters on swirling designs.  Packaging everywhere.  It makes for a rather busy and less than serene aesthetic. 

High end kitchens on Houzz.com often feature rows of glass canisters that display the actual food itself, rather than who made it.  In these photos, linen bread bags sit on olive wood serving platters (renewable and sustainable).  The bag may have a vintage stripe, a French scroll or be simply and perfectly unadorned.   After all, pure linen is, in itself, a luxurious fabric.

This is the new chic and, interestingly, we've come full circle.