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Can I freeze sliced sandwich bread?

Kristine Mar 20, 2009 11:53 AM

I'm trying out a new meatball recipe that calls for 4 slices sandwich bread. My husband and I don't eat sliced sandwich bread so can I freeze the rest of the loaf for the next time I make meatballs?

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  1. leahvh RE: Kristine Mar 20, 2009 11:55 AM

    yes of course, breads in general freeze very well.

    1. alwayscooking RE: Kristine Mar 20, 2009 11:58 AM

      My experience - I eat very little sandwich bread and have stuck it in the freezer. It does OK but gets icy from the moisture in the bread and seems to absorb flavors quickly. I'd use it but only for toast. Frankly, bread in my freezer just gets lost (I recently threw out 4 1/2 loaves - ugh). So I've been drying the bread and making crumbs/croutons instead. This gets more readily used for breading and stuffing.

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        gyozagirl RE: Kristine Mar 20, 2009 12:09 PM

        I do this all the time, since I live by myself, and don't want to eat sandwiches for 2 weeks straight once I buy a loaf :-)

        I usually wrap them in saran wrap, 2 slices at a time, and throw them all into a ziplock freezer bag. They last much longer this way, and a quick trip in the microwave or letting it defrost on the counter til you're ready to use it, good as when you bought it!

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          joaniesl RE: gyozagirl Mar 20, 2009 01:45 PM

          Absolutely. I take out what I need and defrost on the counter for 15 minutes--even less and the bread is as fresh as the day I bought it. Bagels too. If you freeze them immediately, (and I leave them in the paper bag they use at my bagel store) they will be as fresh as the day they were baked! Just let them thaw a bit longer. (30 minutes)

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          lgss RE: Kristine Mar 20, 2009 04:11 PM

          Yes, and you may want to package that which you freeze into batches of 4 slices so that you're not thawing and freezing all the remaining bread each time you need some.

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