How to keep bread fresh – Freezing bread

How to freeze bread?

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Freezing bread can help it last longer and retain its flavour. If you want warm bread, just put it in the oven. This is an excellent way to keep the bread you baked fresh for whenever you want to eat it later. Frozen bread tastes the same as fresh bread and can last for months. Freeze it if you know you won’t eat it within 2-3 days. If you bake bread on weekends, you can freeze it and have fresh bread throughout the week without worrying about running out.
Freezing bread is better than putting it in the fridge to keep it fresh.
Be sure to freeze it before it becomes dry or stale, as freezing won’t make it soft again. Also, don’t put moist bread in the freezer, as it will spoil faster.

How long can bread remain frozen?

To keep bread fresh in the freezer longer, wrap it well. If you need to freeze bread for under three weeks, put it in a plastic bag, freezer paper or foil. But if you need to store bread for more than three weeks, wrap it tightly in plastic, then put it in freezer paper or foil to stop it from getting freezer burn. Double-wrapping is a good idea, too. You can freeze bread for up to six months, but it will begin to lose its flavour after a month, so it’s best to use it in three months. After six months, bread can get an unpleasant freezer-like taste, but it is still safe to eat. Label the bread with the date you made and froze it.

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Preparing bread to freeze

If you want to keep your homemade bread fresh as long as possible, there are several steps you need to take.

Cooling baked bread

Let it cool on a cooling rack before you wrap it

When freezing fresh bread, let it cool down first. If you put hot bread in the freezer, it can make the bread damp and mouldy. The hot bread can also make the surrounding food unsafe.

Freeze bread in portions

Slice your bread and freeze it. This way, you can immediately remove the amount you want to eat. Removing individual slices and thawing is easier than thawing the whole loaf overnight.

Storing bread

For more extended storage, double-wrap it

To keep your bread fresh, wrap it in plastic or aluminum foil. This prevents it from drying out or getting hard. If you want to freeze your bread, use heavy-duty foil or freezer bags and remove as much air as possible before sealing. This will make sure the bread freezes quickly, stays fresh for longer, and doesn’t get freezer burn. Ensure the bread is adequately sealed to prevent dryness and visible moisture in the packaging.

Paper wrapping is NOT suggested to store bread, as it quickly dries out the bread slices, making it bad for consumption. It also increases the chances of freezer burns.

Avoid placing your bread in the freezer door

Also, avoid placing your bread in the freezer door, as it can’t keep a constant temperature.

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Can you refreeze bread?

If you take the bread out of the freezer, let it thaw, then you can put it back in the freezer. However, the bread will be drier and not as good quality. If you refreeze the bread, you can use it for toasting or making garlic toast. You can also turn it into bread crumbs to use in other recipes. Before you refreeze any food, make sure it is safe to do so. You should also consider whether the quality will still be good enough after refreezing.

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Thawing and preparing frozen bread

It is not difficult to thaw frozen bread so it retains its freshness.

Note: Take out a portion you feel can be eaten in the next 48 hours, and leave the remainder of the loaf in the freezer.

In the toaster

If you have frozen bread, you can put it in the toaster. It will come out warm and crunchy, just like freshly baked.

In the oven

Frozen bread is better when baked while still frozen. First, preheat the oven to medium to high temperatures (175-190°C/350-375°F). Splash the bread with some water and place it in the oven immediately. In 5 to 10 minutes, the bread should be good to go. If you thaw a loaf of bread and want to make it taste like freshly-baked bread again, you can “refresh” it. Just put it in the preheated oven for 3 to 5 minutes (long enough for the crust to become crispy before serving). After reheating, the bread will become almost as springy and soft as freshly out of the oven.

in the oven

Only reheat frozen bread or bread that has been recently thawed. Reheating bread that has been thawed for too long will result in stale bread.

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This article is part of “How to bake awesome bread

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