In quarantine times, the less we leave the house, the better. This means that trips to the bakery are also limited – after all, the ideal is to leave only when really necessary. And how is the life of those who love that warm and soft bread? The solution is to bet on larger purchases, for later freeze the loaves. This goes for all types, including sweet rolls! With that in mind, we have put together the best ways to store each of these foods. This, without counting tips on how to defrost breads so that they are with the perfect texture ?
FROZEN AVERAGE TIME: 5 MONTHS
Starting with the most classic bread of all: French bread! Its differential lies in the soft crumb and the crunchy crust, and it is possible to maintain these characteristics even after freezing. For this, the ideal is to wrap each loaf in plastic wrap, and then place them in the freezer. If you don’t want to spend so much plastic, another alternative is to keep small portions in bags. In that case, make sure all the air in the bag is removed before taking the loaves to the refrigerator. To defrost, you can remove the bread from the freezer hours before heating, or put it in the oven right afterwards. For it to be very crispy and soft inside, we have two tips: (1) warm it in a preheated oven and (2) moisten each roll with the palm of your hands. But no exaggeration, see? The idea is just to humidify that first layer.
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FROZEN AVERAGE DURATION TIME: 3 MONTHS
The loaf of bread is more delicate and of greater durability, but it can also be kept for longer in your freezer. Ideally, it should be stored in small portions and placed in sealed bags, taking all the air out before placing it in the freezer. To defrost, just leave the bags exposed to room temperature. Since it is already thinly sliced, be careful when heating it. Leave in the oven for a maximum of 5 minutes, or else it will become toast ?
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FROZEN AVERAGE TIME: 2 MONTHS
Sweet bread can be frozen in the same way as everyone else. However, it is necessary to pay attention to the fillings. Those who carry fruit, for example, should not be stored for long. Also, avoid freezing breads with fillings that contain corn starch. Except for these exceptions, store the loaves in bags and freeze.
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FROZEN AVERAGE TIME: 2 TO 3 MONTHS
Many people have ventured into the kitchen and made their own bread! We even share here the secrets to the perfect homemade bread. And, if you want to keep some portions of your bread, the layout is the same as for other breads. Store in a closed, airless plastic bag. To eat it very fresh, just let it thaw out of the refrigerator and then heat it up in a preheated oven, just like French bread!
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AVERAGE FROZEN TIME: 1 TO 2 MONTHS
If you are part of the group that loves to make homemade bread, know that it is also possible to freeze the dough still raw. To prevent future problems with your growth, wait the normal time for the yeast to act. Then, pack it in a greased plastic film, store it in a plastic pot or bag and freeze. Another option is to freeze pre-baked bread. Take it to bake just for it to gain structure and finish the action of the yeast. Then wait for it to cool, store in a plastic bag and freeze. If you decide to freeze the dough, in both cases, add ⅓ more yeast than the order in the recipe. So, you guarantee that it will work normally ?