Why does my bread smell like acetone?

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asked Dec 5, 2020 in Other-Food Drink by blueberryshoes (700 points)
Why does my bread smell like acetone?

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answered Dec 5, 2020 by Minty (116,960 points)
The reason your bread can smell like acetone is due to the yeast going through a fermentation process as the bread sits.

The breads yeast converts starch into acetone the longer the bread sits so it can take on an acetone smell.

The bread that smells like acetone is still safe to eat as long as the bread has no mold or sour smell to it.

Bread that has gone bad or is going bad will usually have a vinegar smell to it.

Also bread when it goes bad will have mold on it and the bread mold can be white, black, green or even blue and if you see any mold on the bread throw the moldy bread out.

However if only part of the bread is moldy you can remove the moldy pieces of bread or cut off the moldy parts of the bread and eat the rest of the bread.

Bread will usually last for up to 7 days to 14 days and sometimes as long as a month before it goes bad.

You can eat bread that smells like alcohol as it's safe to eat.

Although when bread smells like alcohol it's fermented too long and the cause of the alcohol smell in the bread is just because of the yeast.

There's nothing unsafe about eating bread that smells like alcohol but it's not as appetizing.

It might make you sick to your stomach but some people can eat the alcohol smelling bread with no problems.

The breads alcohol smell specifically comes from the fermentation of the yeast that is used in the bread.

It’s a natural process that occurs when the yeast sets in the bread and converts the carbohydrates into alcohol and carbon dioxide.

The bread will almost certainly have the smell like alcohol during the process while you are making homemade bread.

The good news is that usually when you bake the bread, you get rid of the smell and the alcohol within the mixture from the yeast fermentation.

However, when bread sits in your pantry or wherever you store it sometimes the smell returns.

It is perfectly safe to eat, there is nothing wrong with it other than the smell can be quite annoying.

Just know that the smell does not mean your bread is sour or even under cooked.

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