How to Freeze Bread

Can you freeze bread? Great question! If you are prepping for an emergency or simply accidentally purchased too much bread at the grocery store, don’t worry, you can definitely freeze bread and keep it good for later.

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How Long Can You Freeze Bread?

You might think that freezing bread would dry it out, but if you freeze it correctly, you’ll have fresh bread stored in your freezer for whenever you need it! The trick is to make sure that your bread has fully cooled and is stored in a freezer bag with as little air as possible. We usually double-bag our bread and squeeze out all the air that we can.

This method works with both homemade breads or store-bought breads, with sliced bread, or an entire loaf. Just make sure to freeze it while it is still fresh because the freezer will not hide the staleness of the bread. If the bread went stale before you froze it, it will still be stale afterward.

Bread can stay good in the freezer for up to three months.

The part I like best about freezing bread is that you can freeze it sliced or in an entire loaf. We usually freeze it by the slice because we don’t go through one loaf very quickly, so I prefer being able to take out slices as we need them. If you are going to freeze by the slice, make sure you flash freeze the slices first before storing them in the freezer bag.

Flash freezing prevents the slices from sticking together so they are easier to take out. Flash freezing the loaf is not necessary, but I like to do it so that my loaf doesn’t get smushed among everything else in my freezer. Need to thaw your bread? Just stick it in the fridge overnight, and it’s good to go! Don’t forget, you can also make your own Frozen Uncrustables too!

Need some homemade bread recipes? You can try these:

How to Freeze Bread

  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • You favorite bread, homemade or store-bought
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bags

Instructions

  1. Bake your bread (if making homemade) and let it cool completely.
  2. If you’re slicing your bread, individually freeze the slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. If you’re freezing the entire loaf, place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Place the baking sheet into your freezer for at least 2 hours.
  5. Once the bread loaf or slices are frozen, store in a freezer bag.
  6. Squeeze as much air out of the freezer bag as possible, and double-bag if possible.
  7. When you’re ready to eat your bread, thaw it overnight in the fridge.

Notes

Bread can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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6 thoughts on “How to Freeze Bread”

  1. Chrissy says:

    This does! We grew up doing this in my house and I don’t remember it getting moldy. Thanks! Confidence is restored in this method.

  2. Chrissy says:

    I noticed you said one loaf of bread goes in the fridge sometimes. Could you please tell us more about that? I used to do that, but I’ve read several places that say this causes it to go stale faster. Thanks!

    1. Hi Chrissy, I literally stick the loaf of bread in the bag it came in inside the fridge. If by “stale” they mean it loses it’s softness, yes, it will. The fridge makes the bread cold and not as soft and fluffy. However, it helps preserve its life, slows down the aging process and rarely have I found mold on it even 2 weeks past expiration. I haven’t found that it changes its flavor either. I hope this helps.

  3. Karen says:

    If I want to freeze individual slices do I bag them individually after flash freezing them?

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