Lately, we've been getting in the habit of buying an extra baguette or two when we're at the store just to throw in the freezer for later. It's extremely handy to have bread ready to thaw and use when we need it - baguettes in particular! Here's why:
Because they're so skinny, baguettes thaw very quickly - which is a definite bonus when it's dinner time and we realize that we just ran out of bread! Their shape also means that it's easy to find room for them in our crowded freezer.
We usually cut baguettes into four sections before throwing them in a freezer bag or two and stowing them away. This makes them thaw even quicker, and it also means that we can use just what we need while saving the rest for another time. (You can also wrap them in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.)
What do we use this bread for? We make garlic bread to go with a pasta dinner, bruschetta, bread crumbs, panades for thickening soups, and bread pudding. Just to name a few! Oh, and we particularly like using baguettes to make sandwiches for picnics. Baguette won't get crushed or soggy as quickly as sandwiches made with regular bread, plus it makes a simple sandwich feel much more elegant.
Really, we just like knowing that there are a few loaves of bread in the back of our freezer if we need them!
Related: Food Science: What Is Freezer Burn?
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