Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kitchen Tip: Keeping Homemade Bread Fresh

Homemade bread is the best, isn’t it? 

There is nothing better than pulling a loaf from the oven – the aroma overwhelmingly delicious. 

Like this Wheat Buttermilk Bread.
Or, this Wheat, Oat & Honey Loaf

But, if you don’t eat the entire loaf in one day, the bread just isn’t the same two days later. 

Without all the dough conditioners and preservatives, homemade bread has a very sort shelf life, especially when it comes to texture. 

Since we have not purchased bread in more than 5 years, we’ve tried just about everything to keep bread fresh: storing it cut-side down on a plate, in the microwave, in a bag, in Tupperware… you name it, we’ve tried it. 

Keeping Bread Fresh

Here’s what we’ve discovered: the freezer is your best friend. 

Freezing your bread preserves the texture of your bread and keeps it incredibly moist for weeks. 

Here’s what we do:

1) Bake bread, enjoy it fresh on day one.

2) Slice the entire loaf. 

3) Place slices into a freezer-safe plastic bag. 

4) Freeze.  You can keep your bread in the freezer for a few months. 

5) Simply remove slices as you need them. 

6) Thaw on a plate and use as you need. 

What do you do to keep homemade bread fresh? 


  1. Oh this is excellent! I have been wanting to make homemade bread but this issue was one of the main obstacles. Will definitely try the freezer!

  2. Thanks for the tips! I don't make homemade bread nearly enough, but now I know how to keep it fresh when I do :)

  3. What a great idea! I make all our bread as well, but struggle with it going bad before we eat it all. I will try freezing it now! Thanks for the tip!

  4. great tips! We run into the same issues. Also - no purchased bread in 5 years? Hat's off to you, lady!


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