Do you/can you freeze a half loaf of bread?
- danhole Oct 18, 2009 11:04 AM
We just don't eat as much bread as we used to, and it gets moldy before we get halfway through it. I have it in a bread box, but that doesn't help. Also, I like a variety of breads to make sandwiches with, but the DH only likes one type, and it doesn't come in a small size.
What about buns? My MIL & my mom used to get bags of buns (like hot dog buns) and just toss in the freezer, but they never seemed to taste quite right after defrosting.
I hate tossing food out, and I do have a foodsaver, but would appreciate any suggestions out there. Of course I can always go feed the ducks with the bread! Without the molded parts.
I live in SWFL and I keep bread in the freezer all the time. You are correct about the cheap-o hamburger/hot dog buns...they just don't hold up well in the freezer. My son loves the Arnold Oatnut bread...during the work week, I keep that in the fridge not the freezer because I know he's making sandwiches for work M-F and it will surely be used up. For me, though...I rarely eat bread, so mine stays in the freezer. I've been really loving those Toufayan whole wheat pitettes by the way and they freeze nicely!
Yes, we often freeze part of a loaf and, upon thawing, use it for toast and sandwiches. When initially freezing, get as much air out of the wrap/bag as possible.
Like Val, I freeze "good" bread- hamburger and hot dog buns don't seem to hold up, unless they're heartier versions made fresh at the bakery. When I buy a loaf of bread, half goes straight into the freezer since the two of us can't get through a loaf without it going moldy. I'll use the cheap leftovers to make breadcrumbs.
There's a national brand (I forget which one) that puts out small-sized loaves of bread. They're probably more expensive per slice than the normal loaves, but at least you won't be throwing old bread away.
I dry out my unused buns, put them in the blender, then make something that requires a dry bread crumb coating, like oven-fried chicken.
When we buy bread we slice it at home and freeze the whole loaf immediately. We remove the bread by the slice for toasting or sandwiches and I really don't think the quality of the bread suffers. We do buy very dense whole grain breads which might make a difference in the freezing.