Monday, February 1, 2016

Cooking from Scratch-Making and Freezing Bread

I am determined to keep up with a menu, and cut the grocery bill each week. One way to do that is cooking with scratch and utilizing the pantry. 

Wheat is a staple in our pantry. Grinding our own flour and making our own bread, noodles, etc. saves money. 

I love homemade bread!
It not only saves money making your own bread, but I know what is in it and it taste so much better that store bought. 

The disadvantage, baking takes time, and it makes a mess of my kitchen. So, when I bake bread, I make extra for later. It does not take that  much more time, and the kitchen is already a mess!
You can freeze the baked loaves of bread or freeze the dough. I love freshly baked bread,so I prefer to freeze the dough. 

I make several batches of bread dough (wheat and french bread). I let the bread rise once, shape the dough into loaves as if  I was going to bake it. Instead of placing in the oven, it goes into the freezer. I set it in the freezer ( on wax paper/freezer paper) until the bread is firm (1-2 hours)  I then put the loaves into freezer bags.
It is recommended to use within 2-3 months.

Now, when I want fresh baked bread, I take it out of the freezer, let it thaw and bake it, while I cook dinner.

It has been a couple of weeks since I have made bread, but I am still enjoying a fresh loaf out of the oven at dinner time.

A couple of my favorite bread recipes-

French Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

How do you add convenience to "cooking from scratch?"

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  1. What A good idea...I did not know you could freeze dough that simply!

  2. Oh man, I just love bread! Luckily, I am not gluten intolerant, so I can eat all I want! I just experimented with a loaf of sourdough, and put in some sundried tomatoes, some baked garlic and some olives, all mixed with cheddar cheese. OMG this was so good and tasted like pizza! I wonder if this would freeze well? I just might try it!

    1. that sounds delicious!! I would try freezing a loaf, to see how well it freezes :) If not you could freeze just the dough and put the additives in before baking.

  3. Your bread looks delicious! I keep wheat at all times, but I never make noodles. You're way ahead of me. :)

  4. Question for ya: when you get it out of the freezer, how long does it take to thaw out before cooking (in general)? Also, does it have to rise again or just thaw? I'm just starting to bake bread but have never froze any yet. May try this weekend. Thanks!

    1. Perfect! Thanks! Here's to fresh bread!!

    2. Hi,
      You can thaw the bread overnight in the fridge. Or take it out the same day, it takes about 2 hours. You can put it in a bread pan to thaw and rise. Covering it with plastic wrap will keep it from drying out.

  5. Mmmm... Is there anything better than the smell of fresh bread? OK. The taste of fresh bread! ;-) Thank you for sharing this inspiration at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  6. We love making extra for the freezer but never thought about freezing just the dough! Great idea for the freshly baked loaf taste each time! :)


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