Want the convenience of fresh bread without it going stale or growing mold? Freezing bread or bread dough can make your dreams come true. Ok, it’s not that great but it is nice to have on hand at a moments notice.
There are three stages at which you can freeze bread.
Freezing Baked Bread
Freeze homemade bread, like my sandwich bread, after cooling it. Slicing is optional but allows you to pull out only the quantity you need. Make sure you pick the freshest bread you can find for best results. You can freeze store bough bread in the plastic it comes in if you plan to use it within 2-3 weeks.
Bread wrappers are not designed for the freezer. For longer storage you need to wrap the bread better, remove the air from the container and use a moisture-vapor proof material. Freezer-grade plastic wrap and tin foil work great. You can also use a plastic freezer bag or vacuum sealer. Flash freeze the bread for an hour or two on a cookie sheet before using a vacuum sealer so the bread does not get flattened.
Thawing Baked Bread
You could thaw 30 seconds at a time in the microwave. Keep checking because every microwave is different. And give it a few seconds without the power on for the heat to get to the middle, or you’ll have a cold center with overcooked outer edges.
Slices can thaw in 5-10 minutes at room temperature on the counter, and can be uncovered.
Sliced bread can be toasted without thawing.
Freezing Partially Baked Rolls and Buns
Rolls and buns however, because they are so much smaller, can be baked to the point that they have risen but not browned. Most recipes can be baked at 300F for 15 minutes or so. Let them cool before freezing individually on a cookie sheet. Package and label with type of bread, date and reheating instructions.
To reheat take your frozen rolls or buns and put them in a preheated 400F oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Freezing does not improve quality, if the bread is stale when frozen it won’t get any better. Freeze bread as soon as you get it home, or cooled if it’s homemade, for best results.
Is it humid where you live? Humidity can cause condensation and make your bread soggy as it thaws. Try putting a paper towel or two in the bottom of the bag or wrap the paper towel inside the plastic freezer wrap to absorb the moisture and keep your bread dry.
If you make your own bread let it cool completely before freezing it so it freezes faster and there is less condensation.
How long can you freeze bread?
Yeast dough however loses it’s ability to rise as it stays in the freezer and may fail if kept too long.
What other bread products can I freeze?
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