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I’m lovin’ homemade bread now that I can make a good loaf consistently. My schedule doesn’t allow for baking every day or every other day so I like to make several loaves when I can and freeze them. This is how I’ve been doing it. The bread tastes as good after freezing as it does before, albeit not as warm and tantalizing as it is fresh from the oven.
I do use plastic bags. I bought a “value size” box of storage bags on sale for less than $3. It includes 75 bags and twist ties to close them with.
1. Let each loaf of bread cool completely, then slice if desired. Put the loaf in to the bag, press the air out, and tie snugly.
2. Put 2 loaves into a paper grocery sack, side by side so that the long sides of the loaves touch the creased sides of the bag.
3. Fold the bag over as shown and tape or staple securely.
4. Label clearly along the front and stack in your freezer.
To use I take a bag of 2 loaves out and set them both on the counter to thaw. They’ll thaw completely within the first day unless your house is colder than mine (unlikely!). We use both loaves up in under a week.
If you want to wrap one loaf at a time just cut the grocery sack into smaller pieces. I have plenty of them to use up. If you don’t have the sacks you could a)save brown paper that comes packed in shipping boxes or ask a local business to save it for you or b)use the thick plastic from the inside of cereal boxes to wrap your loaves in instead.
Don’t forget to save your plastic storage bags and twist ties. That one $3 box should last me for years. I tried saving regular bread bags but my homemade bread didn’t fit in them as nicely.