Bread is a staple in the diet of many people. He can thus follow them from morning to evening in the form of sandwiches, snacks, sandwiches or even an aperitif. And whether it’s for greed or to calm a little hunger, it can be difficult not to fall for a small slice at any time of the day. However, whether it’s because we bought several loaves to take advantage of a promotion or to avoid having to queue at the bakery or because we didn’t necessarily manage to eat them all during the day, it may happen that you need to freeze a baguette to be able to eat it later. This helps to limit the waste of this much appreciated commodity. To properly freeze bread and find it as delicious and crispy as when purchased after defrosting, here are a few rules to follow.
Rule #1: Freeze bread at room temperature
If you make your own bread, be sure to let it cool completely before putting it in the freezer. Indeed, freezing a hot or even warm bread. Otherwise, your appliance may consume more energy to maintain temperature and this may cause other foods in the freezer to burn. So wait until the bread is at room temperature before freezing it.
Rule #2: Never freeze thawed bread
It is not recommended to refreeze food that has been thawed due to risk of food poisoning linked to the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria in food. And of course, this rule also applies to bread, the taste and texture of which may also be altered over successive freezing periods. If you have thawed bread, but you finally do not use it, prefer to use it to prepare breadcrumbs, croutons or even rusks rather than refreezing it.
Rule n°3: Do not hesitate to make slices
For more convenience, you can freeze the bread previously cut into slices or pieces (for example in thirds or quarters). This way, you won’t risk wasting any since you only defrost the amount you need.
Rule n°4: Choose the right container to freeze bread
Avoid putting the bread directly in the freezer. It is likely to absorb moisture, odors and even the tastes of other foods. Also, remember to always pack it in a freezer bag or an airtight box.
Rule n°5: Do not leave bread in the freezer indefinitely
Just because a food is frozen doesn’t necessarily mean it can be kept for months or years. Remember that freezing alters the taste and texture of food. However, this also applies to bread, which becomes inedible after a long period of freezing. Ideally, consume your frozen bread within four months. It will thus retain all its crispiness and good taste. So that you don’t forget, make sure you always write the freezing date on each food you put in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator.
Rule n°6: Defrost carefully
To ensure a successful tasting of the bread that you have taken care to freeze, you will also have to take care of the defrosting. For example, bread can be thawed when it comes out of its packaging about an hour before it is eaten. It can then be left to thaw protected under a cloth or reheated for a few minutes in the oven. The most optimal trick is to pass the baguette under a thin stream of water before putting it in the oven at 150°C for a few minutes. That will give the crust all its crispness. It is also possible to pass the bread for 15 to 30 seconds at maximum power in the microwave. This, however, tends to make it more tender and springy.
Now you know how to freeze bread perfectly!