- mamamia Aug 10, 2006 12:59 AM
I'm new to freezing food, but with a toddler now and specials at the market all the time, I find myself taking advantage of the "Buy One Get One Free" deals more and more. I've done milk so far, but now bread is on sale.
Is bread a good candidate for freezing? If so, can anyone offer any tips?
All my bread lives in the freezer all the time, except that which I remove in the morning for use that day. For convenience, I cut unsliced bread, such as sourdough or French, into meal sized chunks of a few inches long and place in a clear plastic bag (so I can see what I've got) with a twist tie.
re: niki rothman
My bread also lives in the freezer. Somewhere I once read (Harold McGee perhaps) that bread goes stale *fastest* at refrigerator temperatures, and *slowest* at freezer temps. I go through bread fast enough that I just throw the "free" loaf or loaves in the freezer as is, and use within a week or two. Unless you really wrap it well it will eventually dry out, but if you use it reasonably quickly it's not a problem.
The way to see if it's too old to use is that bread, like other foods, gets freezer burn. The very top surface gets that bleached white look of freezer burned chicken. It's easy to see. Toss it. I really should invest in a vacuum sealer, but I've got limited space and enough gadgets.
Bread freezes really well; just be sure to use freezer bags and press out as much air as possible.
I agree - I love good bakery bread, but since it is just me and my husband, we never seem to be able to consume an entire loaf of the "good bread" before it goes bad. So, I buy a loaf on the weekend, cut it into portions appropriate for the two of us and then freeze it. I prefer using ziploc bags (it is key to remove as much air as possible) and then wrapping tightly in foil or freezer paper. It works just fine. A slow thaw is best.
Agreed our bread is ALWAYS in the freezer! We do it all the time with all sorts of different breads! We just take out the slices that we plan to use, if we want to use right away, we just zap in the microwave for a little bit, if we have a few minutes, we just leave them out on a plate to thaw (Takes a short time really) and they are as fresh and soft as the day we bought it!
In fact, we recently de-thawed a bag of New England hot dog buns that had been in our freezer for 6 months! We feared we'd waited too long to use them, but they came out BEAUTIFUL, Tasty and Toasted up just fine for Lobster Rolls! :)