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Freezing Bread

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When baking bread it is sometimes easier to make multiple loaves and freeze some for later. This is a guide about freezing bread.
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By 10 found this helpful
May 1, 2010

Find a good dinner roll recipe that states it will freeze well. Cut the rolls and place one dinner's amount inside a wax paper pocket and insert into a freezer zipper bag.

Tomorrow, this weekend, next week, you just pull out one of the bundles to thaw. You don't have a big frozen blob of dough to fight with and you don't handle all the rolls by trying to pull apart just enough for tonight.

By Kelli from Sentani, Indonesia

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By 2 found this helpful
February 12, 2010

When buying breads and rolls, I put serving sizes in small plastic zipper bags and freeze. When we eat the bread I return the empty bag to the freezer to be used over and over. This saves money and since there is only two of us in my family, that allows us to have a variety of fresh breads without being wasteful.

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By Fay from Argo, AL

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By 0 found this helpful
June 10, 2006

Selecting High-Quality Breads:

If purchasing bread or bread dough for freezing, be sure to check the "sell by" date on the packaging to make sure its fresh. Frozen products, including dough, should be frozen rock solid in air-tight packaging that contains no rips or tears. Allow fresh baked breads to cook completely before freezing. freezing guide
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Freezing Materials:

Use freezer-grade plastic bags, wraps, freezer paper or heavy-duty aluminum foil for packaging bread and bread dough for freezing.

Freezing Batter Breads (Crepes, Pancakes and Waffles) & Batter:

Stack left-over crepes, pancakes or waffles between sheets of wax paper and slide them all into a plastic bag for freezing. Keep them frozen for up to 3 months at 0ºF. Transfer them from the freezer to a hot oven (2-3 minutes) to reheat. Left-over batter can be poured into an air-tight container and frozen for up to 1 week at 0ºF. Store commercial pancakes and waffles at 0ºF up to 3 months.

Freezing Biscuits:

Prepare and bake as usual. Once cool, wrap them in a freezer material or freeze biscuits on a tray or cookie sheet and store in plastic freezer bags. Freeze pre-cut biscuit dough for later baking. Store baked and unbaked biscuits for up to 3 months at 0º.
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Freezing Crackers and Crisp Breads:

To keep their crisp texture, crackers and crisp breads much be protected from moisture during freezing. Double wrap them so you can unwrap only what you need to use at one time while keeping the rest protected from air and moisture. Freeze crackers and crisp bread for up to 6 months at 0ºF.

Freezing Muffins:

Wrap muffins in heavy-duty aluminum foil or set trays of muffins in the freezer until firm and transfer them to plastic bags for freezing. Store muffins from 6 to 12 months at 0ºF. Muffin batter can be frozen right in the tins for later baking. Store batter up to 3 weeks at 0ºF.

Freezing Nut and Fruit Breads:

Prepare and bake as usual. When cool wrap in suitable material and freeze. Store baked fruit and nut breads up to 4 months at 0ºF. Batters can be wrapped and frozen right in the pan. Store up to 3 weeks at 0ºF.
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Freezing Yeast Breads:

Hard Crusted Breads:

Hard-crusted breads like French or Italian loaves should be wrapped loosely in freezer material to allow air to circulate around them. Thaw at room temperature while still in wrapper. Before serving, place hard-crusted breads in the overn at 400ºF for 4 to 5 minutes to bring back crispness. Store for up to 6 months at 0ºF.

Soft-Crusted Breads:

Soft crusted breads like tortillas, pita bread or sliced yeast breads can be prepared and cooled as usual, wrapped in freezer material and frozen. They should last from 6 to 8 months in the freezer. At 0º.

Freezing Bread Dough:

Unless you're using a dough commercially designed for freezing or a recipe developed for freezing, it's usually better to bake bread and freeze it rather than to freeze bread dough. Commercial frozen bread dough should be stored at 0ºF and used by the date on the label. Vacuum packed refrigerated bread dough should not be frozen because it is packaged under pressure and will burst during freezing. Remove wrapping and thaw frozen dough at room temperature. Shape dough for baking and let it rise until it triples in size before baking.
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Thawing:

In general, yeast breads and quick breads can be completely thawed at room temperature or partially thawed in a microwave oven (times will vary according to bread density and microwave oven). Bread partially thawed using a microwave should be allowed to finish thawing at room temperature to avoid drying out edges. If necessary, wrap bread in foil and place in a 400ºF over for 3-4 minutes to restore crisp texture before serving.
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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Buying in bulk can be a great way to save money on staple items like bread. To prevent spoilage, excess bread can be placed in the freezer. This is a guide about buy and freeze bread in bulk.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 19, 2011

I can have fresh French Bread anytime! Buy loaves of French Bread at your grocery store (ask for those right out of the oven). Insert fresh bread, without paper wrappers, into Zip Lock plastic bags and suck out excess air to shrink wrap them. Put in Freezer.

When ready for bread, remove a bag, cut off desired amount (use a bread knife and cutting board because it will be frozen). Leave on counter at room temperature for 10 minutes. Bread will be soft and "fresh". Heat as desired.

Source: Co-worker's Asian grandmother

By ShyBlonde from Dublin, CA

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February 12, 2016

Can you freeze Holland Rusks and how long will they last? Thanks.

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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

I would double wrap it and freeze in an airtight container. It should last a couple of months.

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November 17, 20130 found this helpful

How long can you freeze bread for and what is the best way to wrap it for freezing?

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April 27, 20050 found this helpful

Living about 35 miles away from the nearest grocery store, we usually buy three loaves of bread at a time and put it in the freezer until we're ready to use it. To make them last longer we individually wrap each loaf (still in it's original packaging) in the plastic grocery store bag we brought them home in. This seems to insulate the loaves from freezer burn. When we need a loaf, we take it out of the grocery store bag and lay the loaf upside down on the counter to thaw. This seems to help the edges of the bread slices to not be too dried out.

By Sharon in Texas

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Freezing Bread 04/27/2005
I keep all kinds of bread and rolls in my freezer..First thing I do after bringing home is to open the wrappers, useing a long handle wooden or plastic spoon, is run a papper towel on the top and bottom of the item...Carefully remove all air possible and reclose the wrapper...Then freeze...After removing from freezer, thaw completely before opening. You will never know it was frozen..
By Opal (Guest Post)
Freezing Bread 05/07/2005
When I take the bread out of the freezer, I put it on a cookie cooling rack. This circulates the air all around it and when the bread thaws it is very fresh with no hard edges.
By Nancy (Guest Post)

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