Are you familiar with the blog We Are That Family? Kristen is inspiring, challenging, funny, and she has the best stories. Every Wednesday she hosts Works For Me Wednesday on her blog. Different blogs link up various tips and tricks, or really anything that works for them. I’ve learned quite a few things from checking out the links (including the best way to paint my toenails!) and I’m hoping to include a Works for Me tip semi-regularly on my blog. No promises as to there being one every week. Let’s be honest, I really just don’t have that many helpful ideas. But I do have a few things I’d like to share that just don’t belong in a recipe post. Plus joining in on other blogs is fun! It’s all about community, you know? And hopefully you find these tips helpful as well.
So, after that long introduction, here is my first tip: How to freeze bread. It seems simple – who needs a tutorial on freezing bread? But this has been a work in progress for me. I bake a lot of bread that ends up getting used a slice or two at a time. Stale and/or freezer-burned bread is not tolerated in our household. What follows is the best way I know how to freeze bread to get great results each time you pull a few slices from the freezer.
1. We always freeze bread the same day it’s made. Homemade bread gets stale pretty quickly, and we prefer to eat it as fresh as possible.
2. After slicing the bread I lay the slices flat on a cookie sheet, and freeze for a few hours, or until they won’t stick together. Then I just toss them all in a bag to put in the freezer. One of the most annoying things about freezing bread is when you just need one or two slices, but when you try to get them out, the whole loaf is stuck together. This is a great way to avoid that.
3. We always double bag our bread! This is one of the simplest ways I’ve found to avoid freezer burn (one of Mike’s least favorite things).
So that’s it! Good luck, happy bread baking, and happy freezing!