If you’ve started making homemade bread, the first few batches probably move pretty quickly. Sooner or later you’ll be looking for the best way to store your homemade bread.
My family enjoys slathering butter and honey on a warm, fresh slice of bread. When I was newly making fresh milled whole wheat bread I could barely keep up, but now it’s just a normal thing here, so we had to store it to last.
Before we get to storing it though, I’m going to share my BIGGEST tip! Vitamin C powder. My basic bread recipe calls for just 1/8 tsp. per batch and it helps my loaves to not mold so quickly. My bread lasts up to a week if stored at room temperature out of direct sunlight when I add the Vitamin C.
Storing it out of direct sunlight helps so it doesn’t build up condensation in your bag/container. It’s no fun when you’ve taken the time to bake and your homemade bread goes moldy in just 2-3 short days.
Containers To Store Homemade Bread
Plastic Bread Bags are a great way to store your bread. They are pretty cheap to buy a bulk package of them. These are the best ones that I’ve found on Amazon. The plastic bag also makes it easy to gift to friends and family and look a little more “bakery” style than a regular ziploc bag.
I personally use the 21.1 Cup LocknLock Storage containers. I bought two to rotate with my baking. They fit my long sandwich loaves baked in the Large Pullman Loaf Pan perfectly! I bought mine on Amazon, but sometimes they’re out of stock. Check other online stores like Wal-Mart or Macy’s if Amazon is out.
Linen Bread Bags
If you want to avoid plastic, eat your bread within a day or two, or want to use a cute bag to gift a beautiful loaf to friends or family then try using a linen bread bag. I wouldn’t recommend it for long-term storage though, because they aren’t airtight.
Beeswax Food Wraps
This one is another eco-friendly option for storing bread. I have not personally used these, but people seem to really like them and say it helps keep their bread and other baked goods fresh. They also seem to be more “airtight” than the linen bags listed above.
Should I Store Homemade Bread In The Fridge Or Freezer?
If you’re not going to store your bread at room temperature I’d recommend fully cooling (to avoid soggy bread when thawing), pre-slicing and storing it in the freezer. That way you can pop a slice from the freezer directly into the toaster.
You can store it in the fridge. Just know that it will change the texture more than freezing. The cold air in the fridge will draw out the moisture leaving it dry and crumbly.
To store in the freezer: wrap your loaf tightly in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil or freezer paper to keep it as fresh as possible for up to 6 months.
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