Storing bread in the freezer is so easy and so convenient that we wonder why not everyone does it. But how long can you actually keep bread in the freezer? We figured it out.
Freezing (sliced) bread is one of the better life hacks in life. Not only does it prevent food waste (is a whole loaf of bread too much for you? Freeze the rest), it also saves you when you have nothing in the house.
Defrosting bread from the freezer
When you store bread in the freezer and you want to use it, it is important that you first let the bread thaw completely at room temperature.
Thawing it slowly instead of in the microwave or oven gives all the juices time to be absorbed by the bread. This way it keeps a nice structure and it doesn’t dry out. When it has come to the point that the bread is completely thawed, put it in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 190 degrees .
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How long can you keep bread in the freezer?
The only thing you have to pay attention to is that you do not keep the bread in the freezer for too long. A tip here is to write the purchase date of the bread on the bread bag before you put it in the freezer.
You can then store the bread in the freezer for 4 to 6 months . To keep the bread good for extra long, you can wrap it in plastic wrap (per 3 slices if necessary) and then put it in the bread bag. Also use common sense to assess whether the bread is still good: mold-like stains and a strange odor are of course no-go’s!
Extra tip: breadcrumbs
Do you only have a few slices of bread left? You might also consider stocking up on breadcrumbs in the freezer, which you refill whenever you have a few slices of bread left (this tip comes from Nigella Lawson ).
Before use, simply remove the breadcrumbs from the freezer and use it immediately (read: without defrosting!) as an addition to your pasta, salad or other dishes. Here too, adhere to the 6-month guideline.
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