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How to store Homemade bread

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If you are like me and tend to end up with a little more bread than you and your family can eat before it goes stale, then you have probably looked for options of how to store your homemade bread. Here are a couple of options that will keep your bread fresher and ready to enjoy when you are ready to eat it!

I make several loaves of bread a week on one day for the days ahead and need a way to store it to keep it fresh all week long.

For years, I struggled with how to store the bread for freshness. The bread would often go stale or grow mold.

Finally, I found a way to store my bread that actually works perfectly. It’s not ground breaking or anything, but, for me it made a huge difference in how we enjoy make ahead bread.

One thing to keep in mind is that homemade bread doesn’t have any preservatives. This will significantly decrease the shelf life of the bread and how long it will stay fresh.

Baking a beautiful loaf of bread takes some time and effort. Having that bread go stale or grow mold is definitely not something you want to happen!

Option 1:

Storing at Room Temperature

If you know you will be eating your bread within a week, the best method is to allow the bread to cool completely, slice it, and store it in a plastic bread bag with a clip.

Make sure that most of the air is out of the bag when you clip it and do not store in a very humid area of your kitchen.

Contrary to what may seem like a good idea, do not store your bread in the fridge. It will dry out much more quickly than one stored at room temperature.

Sourdough bread will last a bit longer than yeasted bread due to the fermentation process being much longer.

Option 2:

Storing your bread in the freezer.

For this method, you can store your bread for a very long time. I like to make more than one loaf and store one on the counter and one in the freezer.

The best part with this method is that it thaws very quickly and tastes just like fresh bread after thawing.

To properly freeze your homemade bread you need to make sure the bread is completely cooled.

Slice the bread and place in a bread bag with a clip making sure the air is mostly out.

Place in the freezer for 3-6 months! That makes this a great method for making several loaves at a time and storing for later.

Baking bread at home is a wonderful endeavor that I have enjoyed for many years. Making sure that bread is fresh for as long as we need it is very important.

Luckily, storing homemade bread is simple and effective!

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9 Comments

    1. If you freeze the whole loaf you have to thaw it completely before you can slice it. If you slice it first and then freeze it you can take out just as many slices as you need.

      1. Yes, it will need to thaw completely to slice. I slice mine first before freezing and can take out a slice or 2 at a time.

  1. For those of your followers that are sensitive to sugar intake (diabetics, etc). I can’t find any numbers for whole wheat bread but freezing white bread and subsequently toasting it before consuming it lowers the glycemic index by more than 30%.

  2. When I slice it initially to freeze it do I need to lay the slices out separately and freeze first and then put the whole loaf together in a bag and put back in freezer? Won’t the bread still stick together if I just slice it, bag it, and put in the freezer?
    Thanks so much!

  3. Hi, I learned a trick last year about freezing bread. After bread is cooled and sliced I put it in ziplock freezer bags. I then place a paper towel on the top and bottom of the bread. Get the air out of the bag, seal and put in the freezer. The paper towels will keep any freezer smell away.

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