This is a short guide to freezing baguettes. No nonsense or going off on tangents.
Do you have a half-finished baguette and are thinking of freezing it? Can you freeze a baguette?
the short answer
Baguettes freeze well. Place bread (whole, halved, or sliced) in a freezer bag and toss in the freezer. To better preserve quality, you can wrap the baguette tightly in aluminum foil before putting it in the bag.
That’s the 2 sentence answer if you’re in a hurry.
Interested in more information, including details on the freezing process and ways to defrost or reheat a baguette?
If so, this article is for you. keep reading
How to freeze a baguette
As you already know, baguettes freeze well. What’s even better is that the entire process is as simple as it gets, and all you need is a knife, a few resealable bags, and a few minutes to spare.
This is how you freeze a baguette:
- Homework. Decide what is the best way to prepare your baguette. If you are going to eat the whole thing after defrosting it, you can leave it as is. If not, consider cutting it off. I recommend slicing baguettes because this allows you to take a few slices when you need them and leave the rest in the freezer. You can also cut them in half lengthwise to speed up defrosting.
- Envelope. If your baguettes will be staying in the freezer for a couple of weeks max, simply placing them in a freezer bag is good enough to protect against freezer burn. But if you expect them to stay there for even a couple of months, an extra layer of protection would come in handy. For that, I recommend wrapping the bread with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Once wrapped, put it in the bag. As usual, squeeze out the air before sealing the bag. Lastly, label the bag with its contents and the date if desired.
- Freeze. Put the bag or bags in the freezer.
As you can see, the whole process is simple, and it’s basically the same process you use for frozen bread or frozen focaccia.
If you’re wondering how long a baguette lasts in the freezer, there’s no clear answer to that question.
I recommend using it within a month if single wrapped and up to 3 months if double wrapped.
That being said, staying in the freezer for a bit longer is not a big deal. All that will happen is that you will notice that the quality of the baguette is somewhat worse. That’s all.
Now that we have the frozen baguette, let’s talk about defrosting.
How to defrost a baguette
When you’re ready to enjoy that frozen baguette, you need to decide if you’re just going to defrost it or if you want to reheat it too.
If thawing is enough, simply placing the baguette on the counter is enough to do the trick.
If it’s a whole baguette or cut in half (crosswise), it will take between an hour and 2 hours until it’s done. That means unless you get up early, they won’t be ready for breakfast if you start defrosting them in the morning.
If you decide to slice the baguette or cut it lengthwise, the time needed is reduced to 20-30 minutes, which is much easier to work with on a weekday morning.
(This is why I recommend freezing sliced baguettes.)
But if a cold baguette isn’t exactly your thing, you can defrost and reheat it before eating. Let’s talk about how.
How to reheat a frozen baguette
In the oven
An oven is a great option for defrosting and reheating whole baguettes. This is how you do it:
- Preheat oven to 300ºF (~150ºC) to 350ºF (~180ºF). The higher the temperature, the sooner the baguette will heat up, but you may also burn it if you don’t keep a close eye on it.
- Bake the baguette uncovered for 7-10 minutes if you’re thawing it, and 12-16 minutes if you want to reheat it as well. Adjust the time based on the size of the baguette and the oven temperature you go with. As usual, it’s better to take it out early to see how it evolves than to leave it too long in the oven.
If you want to cool the baguette a bit in the process, take it out once it’s defrosted, moisten it with wet hands or a spray bottle, and place it back in the oven until just warmed through.
in the microwave
Set the microwave to defrost or 50% power and cook the baguette for 30 seconds (if sliced) or 90 seconds (if whole). Then, continue to pop it in 15-second intervals until it’s hot.
Once again, for a slightly better-tasting baguette, spray it with a bit of water or place a damp paper towel on top once it’s thawed.
While the oven and microwave are the two most popular options for defrosting and reheating food, there are other options as well.
A toaster oven is great if you’re working with a whole baguette, while a regular toaster will get your baguette slices nice and hot in no time.
You can also use air fryers and similar appliances for this purpose.