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Those of us who have kids at home know that it is easy to go through a sizable amount of bread within a short period of time. Between all of the sandwich bread, bagels, English muffins, and sliced bread that we buy, it’s like our home doubles as a bakery. That’s why we always stock up whenever bread is discounted. You simply never know when you are going to come across a good sale again.

Unfortunately, it can be annoying to grab a new loaf out of the freezer and find out that it is full of freezer burns. What can we do to put a stop to these types of issues going forward? Thanks to this easy trick, you are never going to have this type of experience again. Let’s say that you have just purchased a full loaf of non-sliced bread that you would like to preserve.

Cut the bread up as soon as you arrive back home. By taking this crucial step before putting the bread in the freezer, you can avoid the freezer burns and hardening that ruin so many good loaves. This step needs to be taken care of before the bread has had a chance to sit around. Don’t make the mistake of waiting for the bread to start getting moldy first.

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I’ve frozen whole loaves of bread before but I’ve not tried slicing it and then freezing it! Hoping this helps slow down the rate in which I can devour an entire log of bread. #thanks to @harrietsofhove for this lovely sour dough loaf #nofoodwaste #freezingbread #sustainability #zerowastefood

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If you’ve already sliced the bread, the next step is also an easy one. Grab a baking sheet and a sheet of parchment paper. Put the parchment paper on top of the baking sheet. The slices of bread need to be arranged on top of your parchment paper, in a singular layer. Once you’re done, place the baking sheet in your freezer. Don’t cover it up.

This step keeps your bread from sticking together once it is time to thaw it out. After the slices have had a chance to freeze up, remove the baking sheet from your freezer. Grab a resealable freezer bag and start transferring the frozen slices. Push all of the air out of the bag for best results. Place the bag in the freezer until it is time to be used again.

For the best possible results when you go to thaw out your bread, make sure that you are doing so at room temperature. If you are in a rush at the time, take a moment to pop your bread into the toaster. Be sure to use the defrost setting, though. Take a moment to pass this simple and effective tip along!