How to Freeze Bread

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Frozen Bread. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Avoid stale or moldy bread by freezing your excess. Here's how:

For Short-Term Storage (less than three weeks): Wrap homemade bread in a bit of plastic wrap, foil or freezer paper after it has cooled completely; and freeze. Place store-bought bread directly in the freezer. The plastic bag that it came in will keep it protected for a few weeks.

For Long Term Storage (more than three weeks): Wrap bread tightly in plastic wrap.

Then, wrap it again in foil or freezer paper. Write the date on your bread before sticking it in the freezer; then, try to use it within six months.

For Rolls and Buns: Place them inside a freezer bag, and seal tightly.

To Thaw: Simply place a loaf in the refrigerator overnight. Individual slices can go straight into the toaster.

Bread Freezing Tips:

  • If it takes you a long time to eat a loaf of bread, slice your loaves before you put them in the freezer. This will allow you to pull out just what you need
  • Save time by baking several loaves of bread at a time and freezing them. 
  • Get ahead on your holiday meal prep by making all of your breads and rolls a few weeks before your guests arrive
  • Freeze bread dough, instead of finished loaves. It'll take up less space, and allow you to enjoy fresh-baked bread whenever you want. You can even toss it in the oven frozen. Just keep an eye on your bread towards the end of its bake time, and add extra time as needed.

    Freezing Bread Because You Have Too Much on Hand?

    If you don't want to tie up a bunch of freezer space, you can also use your extra bread to make bread crumbs or croutons. As long as you dry them properly, they'll be just as shelf-stable as the store-bought version; and they'll be loads tastier, since you can customize them to your tastes.

    Bread pudding is another great way to use up extra bread. It can be made in the oven or the crockpot, and takes just minutes to throw together. Check out these 10 uses for stale bread, and you may wonder why you ever thought about freezing your bread.

    Stock Up on Cheap Bread

    Fill your freezer with day-old bread from a bakery outlet store. You'll pay about 75% less than you would at the grocery store. I like to stock up once a month. With a freezer, I can do that.

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