There are several things you can do to freeze store bought bread and avoid freezer burn. And if you bake your own, the same principals apply to freezing bread of any kind.
By the way, using a freezer to stock up on discounted food and preserve the sale price for months to come is one of our top money-saving strategies.
But if you aren’t careful, your savings can leave a bad taste in your mouth!
Diane from Ukiah, CA asked about Freezing Bread.
Question about Freezing Store Bought Bread
Some of my store-bought loaves of bread get freezer burned even though I wrap them individually in plastic bags before freezing. I heard on one of your videos that you freeze your bread in a brown paper bag. Is that true?
How do you freeze your bread?
Do you put them in plastic bags first, then store them in the paper bag before freezing? I do store my loaves of bread to one side of my upright freezer, but should I put the bread in the middle so the sides of the bread aren’t near the side of the freezer? I’m really trying to figure this out because there are no savings if the bread that I buy on sale tastes terrible.
I’m really trying to figure this out because there are no savings if the bread that I buy on sale tastes terrible.
Thanks a million for your advice. Wouldn’t have bought the freezer without having read Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half! It’s a real money saver. Diane
The Secret to Freezing Store Bought Bread is in the Freezer!
The secret to successfully freezing bread is in the freezer, not the brown paper bags! We use the paper grocery sacks and canvas bags to organize our chest freezer. We put similar items in each bag. For example, we put each kind of meat in its own
For example, we put each kind of meat in its own bag and have bags for several other categories of frozen food including frozen veggies, frozen fruit, cheese, lunchmeat, and bread, etc.
On page 186 of Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half we put an illustration that shows how we stack our chest freezer with categorized bags and keep it organized.
There are four factors to successfully freezing store bought bread:
1. Cool it before Freezing Bread to Keep Moisture In
If your store bought bread or homemade bread are warm, when you put them in the freezer condensation will form on the inside of the plastic bag. If you allow your bread to come to room temperature and then put it in the refrigerator to cool to around 40 degrees, and then put it into the freezer, you’ll minimize the amount of moisture that leaves the bread and clings to the plastic. This step alone will help to keep your bread from drying out when you defrost it.
2. Freezing Bread and Keeping The Air Out
To successfully freeze loaves of store bought bread or homemade bread while avoiding freezer burn, you’ll need to keep air out and moisture in. To accomplish this, we snuggly wrap our store bought bread in a second plastic bag, trying to get as much air out as we can without squishing the bread. We twist the open end of the bag and then tie it to seal air out.
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3. Types of Bread that Don’t Freeze Well
The type of bread you’re trying freeze is also an important consideration.
Whole wheat bread freezes fine if you put it in a plastic bag and you store it for just a few weeks.
White bread doesn’t freeze well. This is because it has a higher moisture content and when frozen, develops frost on the bottom of the bread. When defrosted, the bread becomes mushy because the frost melts and the water soaks into the bread. However, if you follow step one and cool the bread before putting it in your freezer, you can minimize this problem.
There is also a light weight wheat bread that we’ve seen in the store that resembles white bread. We have found that this type of wheat bread doesn’t freeze well either.
Developing frost on the bottom of the loaf of bread can happen with whole wheat bread also, but because it is denser, it usually isn’t a problem. Sometimes we put a paper towel inside the actual bread bag as it’s defrosting to absorb moisture and to prevent mushiness.
4. Type of Freezers That Freeze Bread the Best
Another factor in successfully freezing store bought bread is the type of freezer you have.
Usually, upright freezers are frost free, which means they have a fan that runs constantly to keep frost from forming.
Unfortunately, because the fan is constantly circulating air, it also serves to dehydrate bread, meat and anything that does not have an air-tight seal. This air circulation in an upright freezer can also cause freezer burn if you leave food items in the freezer for too long.
Where to Put Your Bread in the Freezer
When you freeze bread placement of your bread in your freezer should not matter. Most likely the problem you’re experiencing is from storing the bread too long in a frost-free freezer.
This is one of the big reasons we really like chest freezers.
Most Chest Freezers are NOT frost-free, and as a result, different kinds of foods will store better and longer in the freezer without developing freezer burn.
When it’s time to replace your freezer consider buying a chest freezer. They can take up a little more floor space, and they do need to be defrosted once or twice a year, but they will keep your store bought bread and other food tasting better, for much longer.
When it comes to freezing bread, a freezer, correctly used, can save you a lot of dough (cooked or uncooked!)
Here is a link to Amazon’s listing of chest freezers (our preferred type).
Prices for chest freezers range from $170 to $499, and the cool thing is that with an Amazon Prime membership, shipping is free.
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