Freeze and Enjoy: The Ultimate Guide to Preserving Your Homemade (and Linda's Kitchen) Breads 🍞❄️

Freeze and Enjoy: The Ultimate Guide to Preserving Your Homemade (and Linda's Kitchen) Breads 🍞❄️

May 08, 2024Linda Lorkowski

The aroma of freshly baked bread fills your kitchen, a testament to your culinary skills. But how do you preserve that irresistible flavor and softness for days, even weeks, to come? The answer lies in the power of freezing! ✨

Can You Freeze Homemade Bread?

Absolutely! Freezing offers a fantastic way to extend the shelf life of your homemade loaves, rolls, and specialty breads like these from Linda's Kitchen:

  • Sweet Breads: Delightful flavors of apple cinnamon, chocolate, and more freeze beautifully (think banana bread 🍞, zucchini bread 🥒🍞, and lemon raspberry bread 🍋 🍞!). Or, even our 5-bread sampler which you can pull a bread a week and surprise your family or employees. 
  • Rolls: Dinner rolls, perfect for a future gathering, retain their fluffy texture when frozen correctly (check out our mini sweet bread assortment for a delicious option! 🤤).
  • Other Baked Goods: Cookies 🍪, brownies 🍫, and many other treats store well in the freezer too!

Image: 3 of our top breads cut up on a tray for an end of week employee appreciation.

How to Freeze Bread: Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Cool Completely: Allow your bread to cool entirely to room temperature before freezing. This prevents excess moisture buildup 🥵.
  2. Slice or Leave Whole: Decide if you'll primarily use individual slices (great for toast!) or the whole loaf.
    • Slices: Wrap each slice in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil for airtight protection.
    • Loaves: Wrap the entire loaf in plastic wrap, followed by a freezer-safe bag or container.
  3. Label and Date: Mark the type of bread and the freeze date for easy tracking 🗓️.
  4. Freeze Strategically: Place initially on a flat surface in the freezer until solid, then stack or arrange to save space 🧊.

Thawing Your Frozen Bread

  • Room Temperature: Thaw slices or loaves on the counter for a few hours. Larger loaves may benefit from thawing overnight in the refrigerator 😴.
  • Refreshing the Crust: For a crisp crust on thawed loaves, warm them in a preheated oven (350°F/175°C) for 7-15 minutes. Be careful not to over-heat! We don't recommend this strategy for those not familiar or experienced with this technique. 

    Family cheat: My sons like to go for the 15-seconds in microwave on high with a slab of real butter when they take a Linda's Kitchen bread with them on travel. Of course, this is after the bread has been sliced. 

Freezing Tips for Optimal Freshness

  • Freshness Matters: Freeze bread at peak freshness for the best results. Stale bread won't magically improve in the freezer 🙅‍♀️.
  • Double Wrap: Protect against freezer burn with a double layer of wrapping 🛡️.
  • Freeze Up to 3 Months: Enjoy your frozen bread within 3 months for peak quality. While it may be safe to eat beyond that, the texture and flavor might start to decline 😔. 


Fridge: you can also extend the life of your bread by pre-cutting and storing in a plastic bag in the fridge. Pre-cutting ensure you don't break the bread with toughness from being cold, and the plastic bag keeps the bread from drying out. This method is ok for up to 5 days, but after that the bread could start to ferment. Best is to share with friends and family and eat fresh once it's out of the freezer. 

Enjoy the Convenience of Frozen Bread!

Freezing allows you to order earlier, have delicious bread on hand for surprise guests, and savor seasonal specialties all year round 🎉.

Don't Forget: Explore Linda's Kitchen online selection of sweet breads, rolls, and baked goods.  Many of our delicious creations freeze perfectly for extended enjoyment 😋.

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