Can You Freeze Bread?
Question: can you freeze bread? Read on to find out.
Does it take you a long time to finish a loaf of bread? Then it quite often becomes stale and other times it grows mold. Fortunately, you can prevent all these from occurring by freezing your bread. It only needs a couple of minutes to work on it and something you can use to wrap the bread in such a plastic wrap, freezer bag or freezer paper.
If you’d like to learn more about how to freeze leftover bread, continue reading the article.
Can You Freeze Bread? Pros & Cons
Before we discuss the best methods of freezing leftover bread, let’s first look at the pros and cons of doing so.
There are a number of pros like:
- Your bread won’t become stale and you don’t have to worry about discarding it as a result of mold growing on it.
- You’ll be able to buy several loaves of bread at a go, use one as you freeze the remaining ones (this is a more effective method for someone who only goes to the bakery once a week).
- Having extra loaves of bread in your freezer means that you won’t need to be worried about running out of bread or having to make a trip to the bakery early in the morning before breakfast.
Looking at the cons, there are people who’ve complained about the bread’s ability to maintain its freshness, however, people who normally freeze their bread didn’t complain about the quality.
If you think that freezing your bread is something you’d like to try out, the information below will give guidelines on the best way to do it.
How To Freeze Bread
This is a very simple method of freezing slices of bread. Freezing slices will allow you remove the precise amount you need for one meal and you’ll be able to put the rest back in the freezer.
If you can finish one bread or more, you don’t need to slice it before freezing it. but since you’re reading this article it means that you’re not very fond of bread and freezing your leftovers will be a great way of preserving your leftovers.
- If the bread is still warm, let it cool down completely.
- Slice the loaf if it’s not already sliced.
- Put the already sliced bread into a freezer bag. You don’t have to worry about the slices sticking together because once frozen, you’ll easily be able to separate them.
- Place the packed bread in the freezer.
If you buy your bread when it’s already sliced and packaged, then you can just place it directly in the freezer. However, if you’re planning on storing the bread in the freezer for a longer time, wrap it in freezer paper or plastic wrap before putting it in a freezer bag.
The extra layer of paper should protect the bread from freezer burn allowing it to retain its quality for a longer time.
Lastly, if your freezer is almost full and you often lose track of what is stored in it and how long it has been in the freezer, consider labelling them with a date and name. If you finish your bread within a short time after freezing it, you don’t really need to label them.
How Long Does Bread Last In The Freezer?
Bread in a single wrap can retain its quality while in the freezer for at least one month. If you’re planning on freezing it for a longer time, for instance, a month or more, you’ll have to double wrap it first before storage.
You can easily store bread in the freezer for up to three months, possibly for a much longer time if the bread is of great quality and was wrapped well before storage.
Note that bread cannot get spoilt while in the freezer, but when it stays there for more than six months, it will lose its quality (which will become worse over time) than when it was first frozen.
How To Thaw and Reheat Bread
When you’d like to that your frozen bread, the following are some of the options you can use:
- Thaw and reheat your slices of bread with a toaster. This is an easy method that requires just a few minutes, you’ll also not need to do anything beforehand. The bread will only need enough time to defrost and warm, and you may have to adjust your toaster to a higher setting, but that’s all.
- Place your slices of bread on the counter to thaw. This method requires you to remove the bread from the freezer at least 20 or 30 minutes ahead of time. Spread them out (let them lie against each other) so that they can thaw easily. This will enable them to adjust to warm atmosphere around them which will help them to defrost quickly.
Truthfully, if you prefer toasted bread then the first method should do the trick for you. It works pretty well and you’ll like your bread’s final outcome.
If you froze your bread without slicing it, you can thaw it overnight in the fridge or even better on the kitchen counter.