If you suffer from gluten intolerance, one of the foods you will miss the most if you cut out wheat is bread. Fortunately, there is a great alternative, which is to eat one of the many gluten free breads that are now available.
Keeping gluten free bread fresh
In many parts of the world, this kind of bread is not difficult to find. You can buy it in large supermarkets, health food shops and it is relatively easy to find online.
Unfortunately, gluten free baked goods and bread can be quite expensive. Most of these products carry a heavy premium. For this reason, many people with food intolerances find it too expensive to eat as much gluten free bread as they would like to.
However, there are a couple of ways around that issue. Here we explain them both, but to take advantage of these methods you first need to understand how to store gluten free products.
Use an airtight container to store gluten free bread
You need to be careful when storing gluten free cooked goods. I have found that bread that is made with gluten free flour has a tendency to dry out faster. Therefore, I store my bread in an airtight container as well as leaving it in its wrapper. Some people store their bread in their fridge rather than on the counter top. I do this in the summer, but not in the winter.
Freezing gluten free bread
When I am freezing homemade low gluten bread, I wrap it in cling film then wrap it in foil to make sure no moisture enters the bread before it has frozen properly. I also find it freezes better if you allow it to cool for at least three hours rather than just being cool to the touch before you freeze it. If you find that your homemade gluten free bread has a tendency to break up try using a different combination of gluten free flours. You can find a comprehensive list of foods that contain gluten on this page.
There is no need to let the bread defrost naturally if you do not want to. Just take the slices you need out of the freezer, wrap each one in a damp tea towel, and put it in the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds to defrost it. If you have a low power microwave, it may take a little longer.
Be careful to use a freshly laundered tea towel to avoid germs. When you heat up the bread and tea towel, you are creating the perfect moist and warm condition for germs to multiply, so it is very important to use a fresh tea towel. Some people say you can do it with slightly damp kitchen towel instead, but I have never tried this, so cannot vouch for that method.
Right now you know how to store no gluten bread properly you are in a position to either buy it in bulk when you see it on special offer or bake your own in bulk. Alternatively, you could make it each day using a bread machine and slice up and freeze any leftover bread for those days you are too busy or if you are like me the days you forget to flick the switch on the plug to the on position. Unfortunately, I have done that more than once.
How Long Does Frozen gluten-free bread last?
Most gluten-free bread only stays fresh for 3 days. But, you can freeze it, so nothing will be wasted. Plus, Udis make a gluten-free bread that keeps for 7 days in its packaging.
How do you store gluten-free bread?
Store your gluten-free bread in its wrapping, in a breadbox. This stops it from drying out. If you are not going to eat it in a few days, freeze it. Most brands will keep for 180 days when stored that way.
Can you refreeze gluten-free bread?
You cannot re-freeze gluten-free bread. Once it starts to defrost it will dry out too fast. You could make a bread and butter pudding with any bread you accidentally left out of the freezer.
Do you need to keep gluten-free bread frozen?
You do not have to keep fresh gluten-free bread frozen. However, if it is frozen when you buy it, you will definitely have to do so. If it defrosts, it will be too dried out to safely re-freeze.
Does gluten-free bread have to be frozen?
Most fresh gluten-free bread does not keep for long. So, if you are not planning to use the entire loaf within a few days, you should freeze the rest. When using fresh bread, only slice off what you are going to use immediately. Doing this will enable you to keep the bread fresher for a day or two longer.
How to defrost gluten-free bread
Gluten-free bread should be defrosted at room temperature. It needs to be kept wrapped while defrosting. You should wait for the bread to defrost completely before taking a slice out of the packet. If you try to part the slices while it is still partially frozen, the slices will begin to break up.
How do you heat frozen gluten-free bread?
Thaw your frozen gluten-free bread at room temperature, for the best results. It will take about 30 minutes for individual slices to thaw and about 5 hours for a whole loaf to defrost. You can toast most bread from frozen.
Does gluten-free bread go bad?
Gluten-free bread can go bad when not stored properly. Follow the instructions on the packaging. Or, freeze it to keep the bread edible for longer. The Dr Schär brand includes a loaf that can be kept unopened for up to 6 months.
Why do you freeze gluten-free bread?
Gluten-free bread is expensive and most brands go off after a few days, so it is a good idea to freeze some of it. The sooner you put it in the freezer, the better. Wrap in plastic to freeze and defrost at room temperature.
Can you freeze gluten-free wraps?
Most gluten-free wraps freeze well. Separate them using parchment or cling film. Then stack them, slide them into a sealable bag and put in the freezer. Keep flat and defrost as needed.
How do you keep gluten-free bread from moulding?
To stop gluten-free bread from moulding, keep wrapped and store it in a breadbin. If you will not use the whole loaf in a few days, freeze what you do not need.
Can you freeze Schar gluten-free bread?
Dr Schar gluten-free bread freezes well. Wrap it in cling film and slide it into a freezer bag. Expel as much air as possible and seal it. If you will only need a few slices at a time, freeze it in small batches.