Good Thing: How to Freeze Bread
You should freeze the freshest bread you have. If you've just baked your own bread or purchased it warm, make sure you allow it to cool before freezing to avoid soggy bread or mold. Wrap your baguette or loaf using two clear plastic bags. Then, seal it using masking tape and place it in the freezer. To thaw your frozen bread, take it out of the freezer and let it come to room temperature, about 3 hours. To serve the bread hot, wrap your bread in parchment paper and foil and place it in an oven heated to 400 degrees for 3 or 4 minutes to restore its crisp texture.
The plastic bags Martha uses when she freezes her bread are from Globe Equipment Company (300 Dewey Street, Bridgeport, CT; phone: 800-972-4972). During this segment, Martha showed bread from the following bakeries: Sullivan Street Bakery (sullivanstreetbakery.com), Eli's (elizabar.com), Le Pain Quotidien (lepainquotidien.com), and Balthazar Bakery (balthazarbakery.com).