Bread is one of the most commonly frozen items in any household. It works great to have some pre-sliced bread on hand for toast or sandwiches. Freezing is a great way to store bread long-term, but how long will store-bought bread last in the freezer?
You can freeze store-bought bread for up to 9 months. Bread can be frozen indefinitely, however, the quality of the bread will degrade to an inedible level over time. For the best quality, freeze on the day of purchase and consume the frozen loaf within 6 months.
The plastic bag that your bread arrives in will be sufficient to keep the bread protected for a few weeks, placed directly in the freezer. When freezing sliced bread, or any type of bread for long durations it is best to double layer with a thick cardboard or plastic box to protect it from freezer burn.
It’s understandable that you might not have room in the freezer for large boxes so double layering with another freezer bag will work fine.
To defrost frozen store-bought bread simply leave it out on the counter overnight. If you are in a hurry you can defrost slices in the microwave or toast from frozen.
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