How To Successfully Freeze Bread So That It Stays Fresh

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I have two children growing up in my house, so we have plenty of bread. Between sandwiches, slices of bread, English muffins and bagels, I sometimes wonder if my house isn’t secretly used as a bakery. Since we eat a lot of bread, I am always sure to stock up when it is for sale. However, it is extremely disappointing when I go to get a loaf of bread from the freezer and it ends up hard and burned in the freezer once it has defrosted.

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Fortunately, there is a very simple trick that will prevent these unpleasant things from happening! When you receive an uncut loaf of bread that you want to freeze, cut it as soon as you get home. You’ll want to do this step when the bread is freshest, not when it’s about to go stale.

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Then place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Arrange the slices of bread in a single layer on the parchment paper. When you are done, put the entire baking sheet in the freezer without covering it. This step will prevent the slices of bread from sticking together once they are defrosted.

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When the individual slices are completely frozen, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the frozen slices to a resealable freezer bag. Try to get as much air out of the bag as possible. Once sealed, throw the bag into the freezer until you are ready to use it again.

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