How long does bread last in the freezer? (+3 Ways to store)

In this article, we will answer the question “How long does bread last in the freezer?”, and how to store bread?

How long does bread last in the freezer?

Bread will last 3-6 months in the freezer depending on what type of bread It is and how it is stored. Freezing temperatures halt the growth of microbes to perform the preservative action. Read on If you want to know how to safely store bread.

The shelf-life of bread

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of homemade and storebought bread under different storage conditions.

In the pantry In the fridge In the freezer
Store-bought bread 5-7 days 7-12 days 3 months 
Homemade bread 3-5 days 5-8 days 3 months 

What factors influence the shelf-life of bread?

Type of bread and ingredients used 

Store-bought sandwich, a loaf of bakery bread has preservatives added to extend its shelf life. These preservatives include calcium propionate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, and sorbic acid. Lactic acid is naturally present in bread that has anti-microbial action. Therefore, these bread types are sold at room temperature. 

Gluten-free bread is sold in the refrigerated section because it is highly prone to spoilage due to high moisture content and low preservative levels.

Breadcrumbs and crackers last the longest due to lesser moisture levels.  Refrigerated dough for biscuits and rolls is susceptible to rancidity due to high oil content.  Homemade bread that lacks any preservatives and contains perishable ingredients like eggs and milk, has a shorter 

shelf-life comparatively.

Storage method 

Bread stored in warm and moist surroundings will go bad rapidly due to microbial growth. Bread can be refrigerated to extend its shelf life by 3-5 days. This applies to both homemade and store-bought bread.

How to store bread?

At room temperature

As long as the bread is unopened, it can be safely stored at room temperature. Once the package is opened, the seal is important. If the original package is not resellable, transfer it to a breadbox or a plastic storage bag. The bread must be protected from moisture and air. 

To store homemade freshly baked bread, a paper bag works fine. After placing the bread inside it, fold the end of the bag and seal it using paper clips. 

The rule of thumb is to keep the bread in a cool and dry place, away from sources of heat like sunlight and stovetop.

In the fridge 

If the bread is not tightly sealed, refrigeration temperatures will debris the bread of its moisture. To store the bread in the fridge, keep it tightly sealed in a freezer bag or original plastic packaging. 

In the freezer 

Any type of bread including bagels and banana bread can be frozen for an extended shelf-life. Before freezing the bread cut it into slices. Frozen bread cannot be cut. Besides, defrosting doesn’t take much time, so freezing pre-sliced bread is preferred.

  • Unopened loaves of bread can be directly tucked in the freezer without any additional packaging.
  • To freeze leftover bread, transfer it to a freezer bag, squeeze out the air from the bag before storing. 
  • Make sure the bread is not damaged by pressure or smashed by other products in the freezer. To avoid this, it is recommended to store it in an air-tight container.

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How to defrost bread?

On the countertop

Depending on how thick the slices are, it takes them about 20 minutes to defrost on the counter when spread on a plate.

In a toaster oven or a sandwich toaster 

Defrost your frozen bread in the toaster. If you do not want a toast, heat the appliance and turn off the what before putting the bread slices in it. 

How to tell If the bread has gone bad?

Mold

If you see mold spots or patches on the surface of the bread of white, pink, green, or black color, discard the whole bread as per the USDA.

Unpleasant odor 

If the bread gives off a funny smell, it is best to discard it than trying to revive it. Note that you should never sniff bread that has visible mold spores. The spores can cause complications upon inhaling.

Strange taste 

Trust your taste buds. If there is something off about the taste of the bread, get rid of it. 

Hard texture 

The hard texture is the result of improper sealing. The bread loses its moisture becoming dry and stale. The crumb loses its softness and becomes hard. Such bread is not unsafe to eat. However, it can be discarded for quality reasons. 

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “How long does bread last in the freezer?”, and how to store bread?

References

How Long Does Bread Last?

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-long-does-bread-last#preventing-bread-waste

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.