Can You Freeze Bread? How Long Does It Last In The Freezer?

If finishing a loaf of bread takes you a long time, it probably goes stale or even moldy quite often. Fortunately, you can freeze bread to prevent that from happening.

All it takes is a few minutes of work and something to wrap the bread, like a freezer bag, plastic wrap, or freezer paper.

Interested in freezing your leftover bread? If so, read on.

Note

The instructions below work for both store-bought and homemade bread. No matter if you’re an aspiring home cook or buy yours in a bakery or supermarket, we’ve got you covered.

Bread on a cutting board
Bread on a cutting board

Can You Freeze Bread? Pros & Cons

Before we get to the freezing method, let’s briefly touch upon the pros and cons.

There are tons of pros, such as:

  • your bread doesn’t go stale and you don’t have to worry that you’ll find it moldy the next morning
  • you can buy a couple of loaves at a time, and leave one on the counter and freeze the rest (I do that all the time because I only visit my favorite bakery once a week)
  • having some extra bread in the freezer means you don’t have to worry you’ll run out of bread or have to rush to the bakery first thing in the morning

When it comes to cons, some people complain about its freshness, but everyone who freezes bread regularly (that I know of) never complains about its quality.

Tip

If you’re concerned that your frozen and thawed bread won’t taste as good as a fresh one, do a test run. Freeze a couple of slices and see how it goes. Chances are you’ll be happy about the results.

If you feel like freezing bread is something worth giving a try, the next section is just what you’re looking for.

Sliced bread on a cutting board
Sliced bread on a cutting board

How To Freeze Bread

Frozen sliced bread

This is a super simple way of freezing bread slices. I go with slices because they allow me to pull precisely how much I need for a meal and let the rest remain in the freezer.

If you're eating a loaf a day or even more, feel free to skip slicing. But if you're reading this, I guess you're not that big on bread, and freezing slices will work best for you.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Bread

Instructions

  1. Let the loaf cool completely if it's still warm.
  2. Slice the bread if it's not sliced already.
  3. Place the slices in a freezer bag. Don't worry about them sticking together - you'll be able to separate them when frozen easily.
  4. Put the freezer bag in the freezer.

Notes

If you buy your bread sliced and packaged, you can simply put it in the freezer, and you're done.

The method above works best for short-term storage, like less than a month. If you expect the bread might stay in the freezer for longer, wrap the slices in plastic wrap or freezer paper, and then put them in a freezer bag.

The additional layer should slow down freezer burn so that the slices retain quality for longer.

Last but not least, if your freezer is crowded and you tend to lose track of what's there and for how long, consider labeling the bag with name and date. I tend to finish my bread within two weeks of freezing, so I don't bother with that.

Bread prepped for freezing
Bread prepped for freezing

How Long Does Bread Last In The Freezer?

Single-wrapped bread retains quality in the freezer for up to a month. For a longer storage period, like a couple of months, you need to double wrap it.

Bread easily keeps for 3 months in the freezer, possibly much more if it’s a quality loaf that you wrapped well.

Please remember that bread will never spoil in the freezer, but after like half a year, its quality might be noticeable worse than when you first froze it.

Bread and tomatoes closeup
Bread and tomatoes

How To Thaw and Reheat Bread

When it comes to thawing, here are the options that I recommend:

  • Thaw and reheat the slices using a toaster. It’s simple and takes only a couple of minutes, plus you don’t have to do anything ahead of time. The bread will need a bit longer to defrost and warm up, and you might need to set your toaster on a higher setting, but that’s about it.
  • Thaw the slices on the counter. This requires taking the slices out of the freezer about 20 to 30 minutes before you need them. Thaw them spread out and leaning against each other, like you were building a house of cards. This way, the area exposed to warm air is highest, and slices defrost the fastest.

Truth be told, if you’re into bread toasts, the first option is all you need. I always go with this method and am super happy about how the bread turns out.

Tip

If you’ve frozen the entire loaf, thaw it overnight on the counter.