Monday, February 15, 2010

Freezing baguettes?

I had planned a different post for today when something on The Kitchn caught my eye and I thought it was the perfect follow-up to yesterday's post on My French Corner.

The staples in my pantry saved me last week, but the one thing we did miss was our daily bread. Then yesterday I saw this post about freezing baguettes and was fascinated. Honestly, I never considered freezing baguettes, but how nice it would have been to have them, last week, in my freezer.

So, when I went to the bakery this afternoon, I bought an extra baguette to freeze (oh, I hope my French brother-in-law isn't reading this . . .) It won't take the place of my pain quotidien, but I'm eager to see how the bread holds up after freezing.

I'm curious: do you freeze baguettes? Have you ever? What's your experience?

11 comments:

  1. I hate running out for baguettes and the closest place is Panera and they are so expensive so a couple years ago I began to bake my own.
    I always make baguettes and freeze them. I bake them a minute or two less then I normally would, let them cool and freeze what we don't eat. Then I re-heat them in the oven on 350 until hot throughout. My recipe is on my sidebar if you would like it.
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  2. I freeze bread a lot- rolls, banana/pumpkin bread,bagels, French and Italian and even just basic sliced potato bread. With just two people we can't finish a package or loaf before it goes bad. I don't mind it so much, but can only eat it warm or toasted. A few weeks ago John actually made mini-bagettes and froze then raw, still tasty!

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  3. I freeze bread all of the time. Baguettes are easy to reheat in the oven and come out as crisp as if they were freshly baked!

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  4. As with everyone else above, I freeze baguettes with great success. Sometimes I reheat them in the oven, sometimes I don't, but either way, they're always just great.

    Are you sick of the snow yet? My best friend lives two blocks from the Ballston Metro stop and is across the street from her office. The snow hasn't cramped her style one bit yet, but honestly, when I heard more snow was coming your way last week, I wilted at the thought of it. Hope you're holding up!

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  5. Thanks everyone for sharing. This evening I used the baguette I put in the freezer yesterday and, as you said, it was great. Such a smart and simple idea.

    Marsi, I teach at the school about 4 blocks from the Ballston Metro stop and I have to say conditions have improved over the past few days. The biggest problem has been the mountains of snow that have been pushed to the sides; the narrow streets have traffic snarled and parking is impossible. This area is not equipped to handle significant snow/removal.

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  6. I'm so glad you asked this question because I wanted to know the answer too. I want to start baking my own and now I can bake more than one loaf.

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  7. Your French brother-in-law's wife freezes baguettes all the time. You just need to be careful about freezing for too long or they will absorb the funny taste of freezer food.

    We also freeze sliced bread for the kids sandwiches, butter and shredded cheese.

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  8. Darc,I should have asked you first!

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