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Can you freeze bread? Here’s how to preserve the life of a fresh loaf so you can enjoy it for months to come.

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Got a fresh loaf of bread and not sure you’ll use all of it? Here’s a quick tip: pop it in the freezer! Freezing bread works effectively to extend the life of a loaf. It’s perfect for freshly baked bread or artisan-style loaves that have a shorter shelf life than purchased sandwich breads. Here are a few tips for how to freeze bread.

Can you freeze bread? How long?

Freezing fresh bread works effectively to extend its life. Freshly baked bread has a short shelf-life because it immediately starts to lose moisture after it’s baked. You’ll notice that after 1 to 2 days, the bread will start to be come very hard. This is true for homemade loaves and purchased artisan-style loaves from your grocery or bakery. The fresher the bread when you freeze it, the better. Here are a few tips on how and when to freeze bread:

  • Immediately freeze half of a fresh loaf you won’t eat in 1 to 2 days. This way, you’ll preserve most of that fresh bread texture.
  • Bread that’s frozen fresh lasts up to 6 months. It tastes best within the first few months, but bread can last up to 6 months with all remaining air removed from the packaging. If there is additional air, the bread can get freezer burnt and taste stale. How to freeze bread? Keep reading.

How to freeze bread

This method for how to freeze bread works with both homemade freshly baked bread and any artisan-style bread from a grocery or bakery. It also works with purchased sandwich loaves. Make sure to cool homemade fresh baked bread completely to room temperature before starting this process (for 2 to 3 hours). Here’s how to freeze bread:

  1. Slice the bread. If you plan to keep the bread beyond 2 months, consider wrapping it in plastic wrap to keep it even more airtight.
  2. Place the bread in a sealable freezer safe bag. Remove extra air by sucking it out with a straw, then immediately seal the bag.
  3. Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw the bread at room temperature in the bag (which allows it to reabsorb moisture).
How to Freeze Bread

More ways to use up bread

Want to use up stale bread in other ways? This is an age-old problem humans have been solving for centuries. Here are a few other ways to use up bread that’s starting to become hard and crusty:

More freezing methods

Want to freeze fruits and vegetables? Here are a few more methods for preserving fresh food for months:

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How to Freeze Bread

How to Freeze Bread


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

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Wondering if you can freeze bread? Here’s how to preserve the life of a fresh loaf so you can enjoy it for months to come!


Ingredients

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  • 1 loaf bread

Instructions

  1. If you’re freezing fresh baked bread, make sure to cool it completely to room temperature (for 2 to 3 hours).
  2. Slice the bread. If you plan to keep the bread beyond 2 months, consider wrapping it in plastic wrap to keep it even more airtight.
  3. Place the bread in a sealable freezer safe bag. Remove extra air by sucking it out with a straw, then immediately seal the bag.
  4. Freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw the bread at room temperature in the bag (which allows it to reabsorb moisture).
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: N/A

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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