Best Way to Freeze Bread

By using this simple little trick, you can prevent bread slices from sticking together in the freezer.

| April/May 2015

Sliced Bread

Freezing bread slices on parchment paper is an easy way to reduce waste, and, as a result, save money at the grocery store.

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If you’re anything like me, you like to pre-slice and freeze your homemade breads in order to pull a few pieces out later. A problem with this strategy, however, is that the bread slices often stick together, and can be quite difficult to separate.

I’ve found a simple and inexpensive solution that really works. I tear parchment paper into pieces, and then put a sheet between the slices of bread before freezing them. Parchment paper is surprisingly sturdy and holds up well in the freezer. In fact, the pieces can be used multiple times. Now my bread slices are always easy to take out because they haven’t fused together. This is the best way to freeze bread that I’ve found, and the method works well for other foods, such as burger patties, too!

Debbie Duguay
Arlington, Massachusetts

3/4/2016 7:26:50 AM

My mother froze bread for decades by simply double bagging it, then taking out how many slices she needed for the next day (a dinner knife took care of any sticking) and let the slices defrost in another double plastic bag (which were reserved for this purpose and used over and over again). It DOES work as long as you double bag! I've another eco-friendly method as I'm really into making homemade bread for a family of only two - I share half a loaf with neighbors or simply feed the stale bread to my chickens (who ABSOLUTELY love it)! I tend to do a lot of sourdough as its probiotics are good for us and good for our hens - with chickens, you do indeed eat what you feed them!

3/3/2016 7:04:55 AM

This is a great idea, but I'm trying to refuse my waste, so I'll just deal with the bread sticking. No big!

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