I grew up in a household where bread was stored in the freezer to keep it fresh. Bread was put out for every meal along with some butter. Sometimes it was just a few slices of white sandwich bread, but it was out there because you had to have bread with every meal. That was how my parents rolled. And because of that we had a lot of bread, so to keep it from going bad it was stored in the freezer.
It never occurred to me that other people didn’t do this as well until I went to college and then the looks of “that’s so weird” were thrown my way. I kept the fact that we also stored potato chips in the freezer as well to myself. Because if bread in the freezer is weird then potato chips in the freezer must be some sort of catastrophe. However, I will tell you that a cold sour cream and onion chip is divine, especially in the summer. But we’re talking about bread here so I’ll stick with that.
When Scott and I moved in together, I kept the bread-in-the-freezer tradition going. I like having bread in the house for whenever, but we don’t eat enough bread to justify leaving it out on the counter. I knew it would spoil quickly and I’m not trying to toss out some perfectly good food. Interestingly enough, Scott never gave me the stink eye for bread in the freezer but then he doesn’t give the stink eye about much really.
And bread stored in the freezer is what I’ve done the entire time we’ve lived together. It’s the perfect solution for having bread on hand and keeping it fresh. I can just pull out what I need from the freezer, maybe just a slice or four. I don’t have to pull out the whole loaf and allow it to thaw, only what I need. Sometimes I have to give it a quick nuke (10-15 seconds) before using it, but that’s seriously not a big deal at all. Using this method allows me to purchase bread in bulk when it’s on sale or if we have a coupon. On the occasion that I buy an unsliced loaf of bread, I’ll slice it up first and then stick it in a freezer bag and in the freezer it goes.
I do this with pizza dough as well. When I’m at Whole Foods, I sometimes will buy several of their ready made doughs and just stick them in the freezer when I get home. Then I have dough whenever I need it.
If this isn’t something you currently do, give it a try and see if it helps extend the shelf life of your bread.