Do you have some bread that you want to freeze but don’t want to buy any special equipment? Well if you are wondering if you can freeze bread in original packaging, short or long term I hope you get your answer here, in this article.
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What is the best way to store bread in the freezer?
If you use an airtight container when freezing your homemade bread, less water vapour will escape during the freezing process. Once defrosted, this helps the bread retain its freshness whilst protecting it from freezer burn.
To further protect your bread in the freezer you can double wrap. This means placing it in two layers of packaging. The original packaging of the bread could be one layer whilst another sealed container would be the other.
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Does the wrapper used to store bread matter?
Ideally, you want your bread to be wrapped in a non-permeable layer and a thick layer. A non-permeable wrapper such as the bread’s original packaging or a plastic bag prevents moisture from escaping. The thicker barrier protects the bread from coming into direct contact with the cold therefore lowering the risk of freezer burn.
Most professional frozen bread distributors use a plastic liner inside a cardboard box to transport and store their frozen bread. The plastic liner could be replaced with the original packaging of the bread or a beeswax sheet. Whereas, a plastic tub could replace the box. If you don’t have a storage container or box suitable to protect the bread, a second plastic bag will help, anything is better than nothing, right?
Don’t want to use plastic? Take a look at our how to freeze bread without plastic post.
Frequently asked questions about freezing bread
Do I have to double wrap bread in the freezer?
Double wrapping frozen bread certainly helps, but it isn’t essential. For short storage durations, I wouldn’t bother. If you plan to store your bread in the freezer for more than a couple of weeks it is best to double wrap it if you can.
When should you freeze bread?
You should always freeze bread as soon as possible. If you have bought bread that you want to store for more than a few days, put it in the freezer right away. If you plan to eat your bread but are not going to use all of it right away it’s a sensible idea to separate one portion of the loaf for freezing and the other to store in a bread box.
How long does bread keep in the freezer?
The quality of your bread will depend on how long it’s been kept in the freezer. Bread that has only been frozen for two weeks will maintain more of its original taste and texture than bread that has been in your freezer for three months or longer.