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8 ways to freeze bread – without using plastic.

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zero waste week how to freeze bread without plastic1Zero 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, SarahJane 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.

 

 

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  1. Avatar Chloe | Conscious by Chloe on April 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I slice my bread and put in it a cotton bag as well. I think it’s the best solution so far, simple, convenient and zero waste
    I’m also planning on making reusable food wrap and re-waxing the one I bought already made. (btw, the link in the article is dead, I guess the new one is here: https://www.diynatural.com/reusable-food-wrap-plastic-alternative/).
    Thank you for sharing all these tips!

    • Avatar Rachelle Strauss on April 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Chloe, thanks for noticing that link and sending the correct one. And thanks for sharing what works for you too – seems a cotton bag works really well!

  2. Avatar Claire on April 5, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I need advice… I put a sliced up baguette in a pillowcase in the freezer, to try to turn my husband away from the prepackaged baguettes in the supermarket, but the bread was kind of hollow and dries out after freezing. I tied a knot in the end of the pillowcase. Any idea what I did do wrong???

    • Avatar Dani D'silvez on April 5, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Pillow cases allow air through the fibres, and any oxygen that gets to the food will cause it to dry out. Can you try reusing another type of packaging that you would recycle or send to landfill? I found that Hovis bread bags are perfect for storing any type of frozen product. As long as you use something that is air tight, you shouldn’t get the problem of dry bread again.

      • Avatar Rachelle Strauss on April 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

        Hey Dani, thanks for sharing your idea. I too tend to use bags I already have. Loving your site – we’re not far away from one another either (well, ya know, in the grand internet world we live in!)

  3. Avatar Hilary on July 29, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    On saving bread. I have 4 or 5 zip lock plastic bags which, when I buy a new sliced loaf, I divide up into 4 slices of bread in each zip lock. Then freeze and only take out just what you need. I have been using the same zip locks for 3 years! and they are still effective.
    I am going away for a week so have just turned all the odd foods in the fridge into a tasty soup which I will freeze in old plastic cream cartons suitably labelled. About the only thing I put into my food waste bin are bones – after they have been boiled to make stock. I grew up in WW2 ( I am 87) so NO FOOD or anything else was ever wasted. Thank goodness I dont have to darn socks any more!!

  4. Avatar Dee on January 15, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Hi I am SO glad to have found this site. I have been making my own bread for many years and as we are now just 2 people (children now in 40s) I make our bread and cut each loaf in half & freeze.( I can recommend the Dan Lepard recipe..mega easy & great result & great for stress busting) I have promised that this year there will be no single use plastic in our lives..We want a better greener future for our children and grandchild. We now use a reusable plastic bottle for water when out. I make newspaper liners for inside bins of all sizes ( so easy and also free as from weekly free papers) and have been trying to find a good airtight cover to use for freezing my bread. Cheap wrapping foil is the answer & it can be used again & then when too wrinkled to use again it can be widely recycled. Now all we need is the food companies to pack their food in recyclable covers PLEASE!!. Paper is great and would keep food sealed away from any passing stray sneezes!!I

    Great tips on this site!!☺ I was going to use cotton to freeze my bread but as you mentioned here it is not airtight and will dry the bread. So foiled again!!

    PS I’m also born 1946 and know how to make do & mend & had a great role model in my Mother & always darn my fleece tights and knit my own slippers..until they finally die from total melt down!! Not to save money but to save this beautiful planet while we can and before it is too late.

    Oh yes try to only use food that has CLEAN palm oil in it & save our beautiful forests as they will save us.

    • Rachelle Strauss Rachelle Strauss on January 16, 2020 at 7:45 pm

      Hello Dee, welcome to the site! Have you signed up for the 2020 Zero Waste Week mailing list? I think you’ll enjoy the campaign week!

      Thank you for sharing the bread recipe that works best for you. I’m not the best baker, so I appreciate a foolproof recipe to try.

      It’s a fantastic goal you’ve set yourself for this year – report back and let us know how you’re getting on throughout the year 🙂

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