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How to Freeze Bread

So EASY to save Bread for later! Save a ton of money and time by learning how to freeze! Freezing Bread is a great way to make use of sales and extra bread before it goes bad!

Grandma's Maple Pumpkin Bread

Grandma’s Maple Pumpkin Bread


Why Knowing How To Freeze Bread Works!

  • Its FAST
  • EASY
  • You probably already have everything you need. 
  • Saves Money! 

Here’s How You Do It!

STEP 1. Gather your Bread and supplies. Label the bag with the ingredients, today’s date and a “USE BY” date (6 months from now). 

A photo of a loaf of Italian Texas Toast bread for 4 Ingredient Easy Texas Toast

Not Brioche – but Texas Toast bread

STEP 2. Place the Bread into the bag and get as much air as possible out. Seal the bag with air removed. 

Bread and a plastic bag with bread

STEP 3. Place the Bread into the freezer in the bag and lay as flat as possible.

bread in the freezer

How To Freeze Bread

Place the Bread into a freezer bag. Remove the air in the bag. Place into the freezer laying it as flat as possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions about How To Freeze Bread (FAQ’s)

Can Bread Be Frozen? 

Yes, absolutely! It’s easy and fast and will save you a ton of money in the long run. Simply follow the instructions below. 

Can Sliced Bread Be Frozen?

Yes,it can! NO problem with it at all! I’ll show you how, just keep reading! 

Can You Freeze Homemade Bread? 

Yes, freeze homemade Bread just like you do commercially produced Bread and use them within 3 months. 

Can I Freeze a Whole Loaf of Bread? 

Yes, you can! You can put the package directly into the freezer the way it comes from the store if it is not opened yet. Only keep it this way for up to 1 month.

If you have already opened the bag, then I’ve got the answer for you below. 

Can I Freeze Bread Sticks?

Yes, you can! Freeze directly in the freezer the way it comes from the store after you place it in a resealable bag, press out the air and seal it.

If you have already opened the package, see below. 

Can You Freeze Flavored Breads? 

Yes, you can! Freeze directly in the freezer the way it comes from the store after, remove the air and seal it.

If you have already opened the Bread, then check out the instructions here. 

Can I Freeze a Quick Bread?

Yes! Absolutely! The directions are the same!

Should You Slice Homemade Bread Before Freezing It? 

That totally depends on how you plan to use it! If you will use it as an entire loaf, then no need to slice ahead of time. If you will be using piece by piece, then yes, go ahead. 

How Long Can I Freeze Bread For? 

For up to 3 months. After that time, bread becomes somewhat brittle. 

Does Freezing Bread Change How It Tastes? 

No, freezing Bread does not change the taste. Freezing Bread maintains the flavor with no noticeable taste or change to  texture. 

Do I Need to Thaw Bread Before Using It In a Recipe?

  • You DO need to thaw (at least slightly) before using because you won’t be able to separate the slices to use in your recipe when they are frozen together. 
  • Thawing the bread is quite easy! If you only need a slice or two, you can often accomplish this by holding it between your hands for a few moments. 
  • Try warming a slice in the toaster for a few seconds. 
  • If the bread is in a sealed container, run a bowl of warm water and allow it to float around in the water for a few minutes. It will thaw quickly. 

How Do I Thaw Frozen Bread? 

Put the bag of Bread out on the counter a few hours before you plan to use the Bread 

How To Freeze Bread to Avoid Freezer Burn.

The main points to avoid freezer burn …

  • Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag. 
  • Make sure there are no holes in your freezer bag.
  • Keep the frozen Bread at a steady temp as close to 0 as possible. 

How to Know If Frozen Bread Is Bad

If you notice….

  1. The Bread appears encased in ice crystals or frost
  2. Bread is very light colored and dry
  3. It has been in the icebox longer than 6 months.
  4. There was a lot of air in the package.

Tips and Tricks for Freezing Bread

  • If you live in a 1-2 person household, this is the perfect way to save a loaf of bread. Simply pack with one or two slices per bag. 
  • Great way to save when Italian bread is on sale BOGO!
  • It NEVER messes up the zip lock bag, just wipe it out good and save it for another round in the icebox! 
  • More than you EVER wanted to know about bread can be found here with the USDA
The cornbread cut into cubes for Southern Cornbread Salad

Make the Corn Bread and cut into 1 inch cubes for cornbread salad

If You Want To Know More About Freezing Other Foods, Check Out….

how to freeze celery

How to Freeze Carrots

Freezing Tomatoes

How to Freeze Leftover Turkey

Freeze A Whole Ham

How to Freeze Cream Cheese

Freezing Cheese Slices

How to Defrost Bread

Thawing Ground Beef 

How to Freeze Sour Cream

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A photo of a loaf of Italian Texas Toast bread for 4 Ingredient Easy Texas Toast

How to Freeze Bread

So EASY to save Bread for later!  Save a ton of money and time by learning how to freeze!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: freezing bread, how to freeze bread
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 115kcal


  • 1 loaf Bread any kind


  • Label the freezer bag with a sharpie marker to indicate what will be in the bag and how many. Label with today's date and a "USE BY" date (6 months to 1 year from now).
  • Place the Bread into the freezer bag and lay flat
  • Squeeze as much air as possible from the bag.
  • Seal the bag.
  • Place the bag of Bread into the freezer and lay flat so that they will freeze flat.


  • Use good quality freezer bags (this doesn't necessarily mean name brand).  Just check to make sure that the bag feels heavy and thick in your hand and that the seal works very well.
  • It's so easy to use the type of bag with the zippers, but I've had more bag failures with the zipper bags than with the press and seal type bags. 
  • Buy yourself a sharpie marker to keep in the kitchen in your "junk" drawer OR tape it to the front of your freezer bag box.  Then you'll always have one. 
  • The flater that you can make the bag, the better for saving space in your freezer. 
  • When putting things in the freezer, put the newer things on the bottom of the stack so that the older things are near the top and you'll use those first. 
  • Squeeze air out of the bag after you put the meat into the bag by rolling it up. Air in the bag will equal freezer burn later. 
PRO TIP:  Label the bag BEFORE you put the food in the bag.  It's so much easier to write on a bag with nothing in it BEFORE it has water or grease on it. 


Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 221mg9%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Friday 30th of April 2021

Can you re-freeze bread?

Wendi Spraker

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Hi Gigi, I'll let you decide since no one wants to throw away bread. Once bread is frozen, you'll notice that it is slightly dry and the crust wants to crack and flake. This problem gets way worse when it has been frozen more than once. You'll find that the bread wants to crumble and fall apart when it has been frozen more than once. So, if you just need to save the bread and don't particularly care about those things, then yes, go ahead. However, if you need for the bread to maintain a good quality, then don't.

Jennie venier

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Thanks for the tips. Makes me feel better knowing I've been freezing my bread correctly.

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

Hi Jennie! So glad I could help!

Paula Johnston

Friday 3rd of April 2020

What would I do without your recipes and tips! They never fail me when I cook for others (like so many surprise recipes I've tried). Your tips on freezing clear up a lot for me. Right now - in the age of covid-19 - I'm freezing as much as possible so they're especially appreciated.

The scriptures you post mean so much and are encouraging in daily life. Thank you for those.

This is a great time to cook and store and your web site makes it so much easier. Just grab a recipe and do it up right! I trust how they will turn out.

Thank you for your hard work. It means a lot to me, and I do take advantage of it. Sorry I don't tell you that very often.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 3rd of April 2020

Paula, That is just the sweetest thing. Thank you so much for leaving me a comment and for saying so many kind things! You are the best!

Emil Kroupa

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Very helpful advise

Wendi Spraker

Monday 16th of March 2020

Thanks Emil! So glad you found it helpful!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 8th of November 2019

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