Here’s the situation: You’ve had a full afternoon of baking fresh bread. You’ve put your heart and soul into proofing, kneading and babysitting it to tender baked perfection. The last thing you want is for a loaf to go stale before you can share with friends and family. Bread really only lasts two or three days before it will start to get stale—or even turn moldy. (The worst.)
When you need to make each loaf last as long as possible, turn to the freezer. Can you freeze bread? The answer is yes!
How to Freeze Bread
When you freeze bread correctly, you really can maintain its freshness. In fact, it can last for months before you use it. This tip works with great homemade loaves (like this basic bread recipe) or any type you picked up at the store.
Step 1: Prep Your Bread
If baking, let your bread cool completely. This will prevent it from becoming soggy or moldy. Wrap each loaf tightly in plastic wrap. Then wrap it in foil or freezer paper. The double-wrap is your secret weapon for freshness.
Test Kitchen tip: Slice your bread before freezing so you can remove only the slices you’d like to use each time, rather than having to thaw the entire loaf.
Step 2: Freeze Your Bread
Always write the date on your bread before freezing. It’s best to use frozen bread within six months. Any longer and you’ll find the bread may have gone bad or have freezer burn.
Thawing Your Bread
I find bread that has been frozen especially great to use for making toast. You can simply grab frozen slices from the freezer and pop them in the toaster. You may have to turn your toaster setting up a little higher than if you were toasting regular bread, though.
You can also take out the frozen bread you’d like to use and thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. It should be ready for breakfast the next day!