Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Freezing homemade bread

You can use your freezer for good-as-fresh homemade bread!

One of the keys is to freeze the bread as soon as it has completely cooled. When you're ready to use your bread, pull the frozen loaf out of the freezer and allow it to thaw (still enclosed in the air-tight bag) on the counter for a few hours.

My mom has been doing this for years. I was reminded of this tip at her house recently, when I commented that her homemade bread was really soft, and that she must have just made it. Actually, she had just thawed it! :)

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Comments

Good tip! Especially since a batch usually makes several loaves. I'll have to remember that. Now, all I need is a good bread recipe that I can make without messing up! I do want to make homemade bread regularly someday, but so far, I manage to bomb every recipe some way or other. Except frozen bread dough. :)

I'm gonna take yours and your Mom's word for it and try this. I've heard people talk about freezing their bread but I always thought "eww, that can't be good", but if your own mom's bread fooled you, I gotta try it-the next big batch I bake! Thanks for the tip!!!

That's what I do. I make 3-4 loaves at a time and freeze all but one loaf. Then when we're about 1/2-3/4 done with that loaf, I take out another to thaw.

Brandy
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I freeze several loaves a week, and I want them to taste great! Thanks for the tip!
Toni
http://thehappyhousewife.com

I do this too, esp. with my quick bread muffins. I have had many say that my bread is soft and tastes like I just made it that day.

Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy your week!

I do this too, especially with my quick bread muffins. I have had many say that it seems like I just made the bread that day!

Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy your week!

Sonshine
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Hi Tammy!, I need to put your tip for the week to use along with my other freezer tips today! Thanks for hosting Kitchen Tip Tuesdays! Debbie J.

How do you wrap bread/muffins/etc. to freeze it? I've tried just putting them in bags but wasn't very happy with the quality. Maybe I need to pull the air out?

Thanks for the tip! My husband has just started to make homemade bread every week (since he has the time now) and our second loaf was always getting stale. We will try this one for sure!

I make homemade bread, but have a little trick that works really well for moms with a handful of little kids to keep you busy!

I make a batch of dough in the bread machine (450ml milk or water, 720g flour, 1 3/4 tsp salt, 3 tbsp sugar and 3 tbsp olive oil) in the morning. When it's done, I take it out the machine, cover it and when I'm ready, divide it up into 18 rolls on 2 baking trays. I leave them to rise for however long...till I get a moment to cook them (or if I'm in a hurry, 45mins in a slightly warm oven). Then cool on racks and pop in a cloth bag in the freezer. The best bit is this - just before lunch I ask one of the kids (4, 6 or 8yr olds) to put 6 rolls in the oven (cold oven), turn it on to 160'C (320F) and put the timer on for 7 mins. Totally safe, as the oven is cold. When the timer goes off, the rolls are perfectly warmed - crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The kids love feeling that they 'cooked' the rolls, and I get to finish whatever I'm doing!

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