If you are just starting out making your own bread, you may have realized already that is gets stale very quickly! Homemade bread does not contain the preservatives that store bread does. So you cannot store homemade bread it the same as store bought. It does depend on the recipe you are using, but if you are not going to eat the whole loaf in the first day you will basically need to slice it and freeze it.
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Store homemade bread without it turning stale
I take it out of the pan immediately. I let it rest 30 minutes to an hour.
For sandwich bread, I slice it up! I add freezer paper between each slice and stuff them into a gallon sized plastic zip freezer bag. Then, into the freezer it goes.
Other breads will depend solely on how you will use it. I slice the sandwich bread so that I can take out (for example) two pieces to make a sandwich for lunch but the rest stays in the freezer for another day. If you need it whole you may leave it whole.
I use freezer paper in between the slices. I reuse these also in order to save money etc. When I am done using them in the freezer I place them on a hand towel or kitchen towel and let them dry.
When they are dry I wipe them off to get any crumbs off. If you do not do this they will get moldy from the crumbs and the moisture. This has worked well for me! The only time I do not reuse these is for example:
I made some salmon patties and froze them. I threw the freezer paper out on this because the salmon is very fragrant, and I would hate for the next food item to taste or smell of fish. Eww.
So lets imagine you left your loaf whole. How do you thaw it out?
How to thaw out the bread to use it?
You can let it thaw at room temperature or you could stick it in the oven for just a little while.
For my sliced bread I throw it on my griddle for just a few minutes. I could pull it just as it gets thawed but I usually wait for it to get a little toasted. I am a toast lover! If you don’t have a little griddle you can just throw it in your skillet for a minute or two on each side.
I store my bread in a plastic zip bag. It should last me about a month in the freezer this way. I could use my vacuum sealer and it would last me about six months. I use it up quickly anyhow so I don’t bother wasting the expensive vacuum bags. I wash my plastic zip bag and reuse those but the vacuum bag you have to cut and eventually are too small to reuse!
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Wah la! Just look at that beautiful loaf! Now what to do?
Slice it up! I use a large bread knife. (affiliate link) They look like this.
Now, take freezer paper and cut it into squares, and place it between the slices. This will keep the bread from sticking together when we freeze it!
Now, a reader told me this was impossible, but here is picture proof that a 2 pound loaf will fit into a gallon sized bag!
How to store Homemade Bread
- Let bread rest for 30 minutes after baking.
- Slice it.
- Use freezer paper in between the slices.
- Stuff it into a gallon sized plastic zip freezer bag or two.
- Place it into the freezer!
- Thaw on a griddle or in a pan.
- Eat a delicious sandwich!
I hope this helps you in your endeavors to make and store your own bread! I am so glad that I made the switch!
If it is healthy and frugal, I am all in on it! I love making things at home, and can’t wait to find the next thing to start making myself. Want to see a great recipe for sandwich bread? Here is my special recipe!
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