Zero Hero Liz wrote to me from Australia and wanted tips for freezing bread without using plastic.
I asked our fabulous Facebook community what worked for them and this is what they said:
Tania “I still have a pound of beeswax in my drawer waiting to get used, but I would suggest something like this. You can DIY or buy them premade.”
Ann uses baking parchment. She wrote “You can either wrap a few slices at a time or a whole loaf. Wrap as you would if you were wrapping a Christmas present, the first on the longest side, overlap a bit, the the ends fold over and tuck under on the other side.”
Karina shared “I have use double cotton bag and worked.” If you don’t have a cotton bag handy, Brydie suggests a more rustic way. She writes “Buy a large piece of cotton fabric and cut to the right sizes you need.” While Ann takes the frugal approach: “They sell a bread bag made of cotton in the £1 shop.”
Joann said “I have bought a few silicone bread kneading bags. They are perfect for freezing bread/ dump dinners/ veggies. You can freeze them, cook in them and they are easily washable too. The one thing I haven’t used them for is to knead bread!”
Lyn says “I freeze bread scraps in reused paper bags. Made a fantastic bread pudding with them recently too.”
Kathryn uses a pillow case in a freezer drawer.
Amanda, Annie, Sarah–Jane and Beate all use a tea towel
Lynn said “I wrap it in foil…. 1/2 loaf at a time. I then use the foil in lunch packs/picnics. If not spoiled by food our council recycles foil.”
What about you – how do you freeze bread without using plastic?
EDIT 4th July 2016. More ideas have come in since, which deserve a mention!
Not everyone is necessarily reducing plastic, so here are some ideas that use plastic:
Mj suggests using empty cereal bag inners.
Ania has managed to find a massive Tupperware container – large enough for a loaf of bread.