One of life’s most delectable joys is a freshly baked piece of bread smeared with butter (talk about heaven), straight from the oven.
It does have one drawback: that artisan sourdough bread that you couldn’t resist at the bakery will only survive one to two days at room temperature before it turns into a huge crouton (that sucks).
How to freeze bread slices? On a parchment-lined baking sheet, freeze each slice individually. When freezing a loaf, set it on a parchment-lined baking pan. Put baking sheet in freezer for 2 hours. Store frozen bread in a freezer bag.
After doing more investigation, I discovered additional facts that you should be aware of, so please continue reading…
What’s the best method for storing bread in the freezer?
Are you not up to the challenge of completing a boule in two days? We aren’t much better. Freezing sliced bread does not cause it to go stale.
FYI: The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen’s favorite method for extending the life of bread and ensuring that we always have wonderful, butter-ready slices of toast on hand is to bake them in advance.
Step 1: Cut the bread into slices
If you’ve just made a fresh loaf of bread or purchased anything that’s still warm from the bakery, make sure it’s entirely cold before cutting it. Once the bread has been allowed to cool, slice part of it thinly for closed sandwiches and thicker for open-faced toasts. Before freezing, portion out slices of coffee cake and banana bread so that you may eat them whenever the mood strikes. Before freezing, separate bread rolls and cut bagels and English muffins into individual portions.
Step 2: Tightly seal the package
Fill a freezer-safe resealable bag with slices, muffins, and bagels and close it tightly. Before freezing, be sure to push out as much air as possible without smashing the bread before wrapping in plastic wrap. To avoid accidentally grabbing a multigrain loaf when you were wanting sourdough, label the bag with the kind of bread and the date it was purchased.
Step 3: Freeze and make a mental note of it
It is possible to freeze your favorite store-bought or handmade loaf for up to 8 months, but for best results, we suggest toasting it within the first month or two after freezing.
Step 4: It’s time for some toast
The nicest aspect is that you don’t have to defrost frozen bread before using it. When you’re ready to make your morning toast (or late-night snacky snack), just unwrap the frozen slice and toast it in the toaster or under the broiler until golden brown.
What do you think of freezing a complete loaf of bread?
You can store a complete loaf of bread in the freezer, double-wrapped in plastic wrap or resealable plastic bags (which you can use again and again, time after time!).
After reheating, be careful to consume it all in one sitting (this is especially important for large families, carbohydrate-loaders, dinner parties, or home visitors) or it will become rock-solid stale.
Wrapping it in tin foil and then plastic wrap before freezing allows you to simply unfold the plastic and throw the bread wrapped in foil into the oven when you’re ready to reheat the bread.
Wrapping a full loaf of bread in aluminum foil and baking it at 400°F for 15–20 minutes will bring back the perfectly crisp crust.
After that, remove the foil and bake the loaf for a few more minutes to bring back the perfectly crisp crust you’ll cut into warm, almost-fresh bread that you’ll be hard-pressed to believe isn’t fresh. All that’s left is to add butter.
HOW LONG CAN BREAD BE KEPT IN THE FREEZER?
Even though you may believe that freezing bread would cause it to get stale, if you do it right, you’ll have fresh bread kept in your freezer for whenever you need it!
Make sure your bread has completely cooled before storing it in an airtight freezer bag with the least amount of space possible between the layers. We normally double-bag our bread and push out as much air as we possibly can before eating it.
This approach works with both handmade and store-bought loaves, and it may be used with either sliced bread or a full loaf of bread.
Remember to freeze it as soon as possible since the freezer will not conceal the staleness of your bread after it has been defrosted. If the bread became stale before it was frozen, it will remain stale after it has been frozen.
FYI: bread may be stored in the freezer for up to three months…
The element about freezing bread that I like the most is that it can be frozen either sliced or as a complete loaf…
We normally freeze it by the slice since we don’t go through a loaf of bread very rapidly, thus I enjoy being able to pull out pieces as we need them rather than having to keep a whole loaf frozen.
Remember to flash freeze the slices first before placing them in a freezer bag if you are freezing by the slice rather than whole. For your information, flash freezing prevents the slices from adhering together, making them simpler to remove.
Although flash freezing the loaf is not required, I like to do it in order to prevent my loaf from being squished among the other items in my freezer. Do you want to defrost your bread? Simply put it in the refrigerator overnight and you’re ready to go!
How to store bread dough in the freezer?
How to cut frozen bread slices into individual pieces?
Is it possible for bread to get mushy after it has been frozen?
Providing the temperature and storage conditions are correct, your bread should be fine when thawed. Try to freeze the loaf as soon as possible after buying it to avoid mold, mush, or stale bread.